#129.1: Nikolaus Summerer with Saman Kesh x Yoshino - "DARK - Season 1"

Nikolaus Summerer is a German Director of Photography based in Berlin.  He is most well known for his award winning cinematography on the Netflix hit series DARK.  He lensed the first two seasons as sole Cinematographer, and is currently busy filming the third and final season.

DARK is the most recent of several projects Nikolaus has filmed with director and showrunner Baran bo Odar; a relationship stretching back to their Munich film school days.  Following their graduate film “Unter der Sonne” (Under The Sun) they collaborated on two feature films (The Silence and Who Am I) before DARK.  “Who Am I” earned Nikolaus the German Cinematography Award, after which he filmed “The Siege of Jadotville”, starring Jamie Dornan and Mark Strong. 

Topics Discussed In This Episode:

  • Dark (Season 1)

  • How Nikolaus initially got into cinematography

  • When he met Baran bo Odar (Director of Dark) in film school

  • Nikolaus’s approach to working with directors

  • His first feature film, Under The Sun (2006)

  • The future of watching films in the cinema

  • Emotional vs. cerebral films


Nikolaus Summerer’s IMDB