Maggie Olkuska, DFF
Director of Photography

About

Director of Photography

Maggie Olkuska, DFF


Member of The Danish Association of Cinematographers DFF
and The International Collective of Female Cinematographers ICFC


Biography

I came into the film industry with a desire to bring and visually capture inspiring, memorable, beautiful stories and ideas into life. I was born in 1991 in Krakow, Poland and I am based in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

In 2012 I studied Film & TV production at Technical College in Denmark. I attended the Polish National Film, Television & Theatre School in Łódź, Poland for Direction of Photography between 2015-2016.

What I offer & create

When I work with creating a visual style for a film, I start by listening, dedicating myself to the story we shape. I observe.

I am here to tell your (Director's) story in the most aligned way, while actively bringing my ideas and visually and technically exploring, building and contributing to the entire project.

On set 

Embracing the dialogue of emotions plays a huge role in my work. I am passionate about diving deeply into lightcolours, nature, Earth elements and human emotions, all that I feel, surrounding us around the entire world. 

Another priority of mine is to provide a space for actors on set by creating an environment where they can act, perform and improvise freely.

I enjoy working with hand held camera movements, while using my own or camera operator's body-language to bring audience closer to the characters and their story.

Teamwork and cooperation with the Director, Production Designer, Costume Designer and Gaffer are at the center of my work. In post production, I work very closely with a color grader to further enhance the power of the story after editing.

I am committed to working on projects which are pro-life, which can inspire us to think, to feel, to sense more, to laugh more and to embrace beauty all around us, to embrace all that we are. 


Recent Projects

Storfyrstinden, DR 1 TV series,  COMING IN 2024

Danskere i verden, DR 1 TV series - drama segments, Denmark 2023

Apolonia, Apolonia - supplementary cinematography, dir Lea Glob, Denmark 2022

Krag og Virkner - TV Series DR 1  - Doc / Drama - Denmark 2022

Tag min hånd - Feature Film, Dir Lars Kaalund, Deluca Film, DK 2022

Se mig som jeg er - Documentary by Louise Leth, CPH DOX, DK 2022 

Scandinavian Star - TV series, Documentary - DR1, NRK, SVT, DK 2020

A Revolutionary Family - Documentary by Tanja Wol, DK 2019 

Rediscovery - Documentary by Phie Ambo, DK 2019 


Continued in my CV - PDF

Visual and technical workflow  - Moodboards 

- from an idea, through a concept development to the final result. Read more about my pre- and post production processes. 

Teaching, lectures and cinematography workshops for teenagers:

Station Next film school

supplementary cinematography teacher

students aged 14-19, from 2020 - ongoing


Filmhøjskolen på Møn  (Film college Møn)

cinematography teacher, students aged 18-29

2023 - ongoing


The Danish National Film School

complimentary cinematography workshops, 2023


Read more: Teaching



Letters of Recommendation

online page / PDF


Behind the scenes

Using Format