ROMAN is Marek Kawula's first debut as a Director of Photography for a feature film, created during the first national lockdown in UK in 2020.
Left alone in Paradise City, Roman Nikolai is looking for his brother Siergiej, who has been kidnapped by a local mafia for a gambling debt. With his brother being used as leverage, Roman is forced into doing some dirty work. Everything changes when Roman goes against the mafia and puts a stop to the manipulation.
Marek has worked in closely in collaboration with Patryk Swiatczak to create their first feature film, on extremely low budget during the lockdown in 2020. Alongside the project, various of talented individuals such as Kyle Rutherford creating rich, punchy foley design to compliment the visuals, Chris Lody composing cinematic original score and Don Cee with Bah Dilla, making bone-chilling original soundtrack for the film.
To this day, it's Marek's most ambitious project he's ever worked on.
STREET GAMBLING is a music video accompanying the feature film "ROMAN". Produced by Prexx, the talented rapper Don Cee and vocalist Bah Dilla have created original soundtrack for ROMAN, Marek Kawula's first debut as a cinematographer and Patryk Swiatczak's directorial feature film.
Marek was tasked to produce and edit a music video using the footage from the original film, creating a unique visual story to go alongside the soundtrack perfectly.
NO ROBELL - "ROUND HERE"
"ROUND HERE" is a music video created for a South West UK punk rock band named "NO ROBELL".
Marek was 1st Camera for this project.
"JA, PATRYK" is a 12 minute documentary grad film that follows Patryk Swiatczak, a passionate filmmaker who is months away from graduating university. The film explores who Patryk is as a creative individual, but also who he is behind closed doors. Will Patryk successfully manage to create his first directorial debut film in time to graduate?
2020 was a year in which the ambitious artists were impededed by the global pandemic, forced to adapt to new ways of living. One thing that was not impeded - was their creativity and perserverence.
Marek was the director, cinematographer and editor for this documentary.
TIME IS THE ENEMY
TIME IS THE ENEMY is a short film that features a philosophical/inspirational narration by Sam Tordy. The film showcases the concept that amidst the busyness of life, we often forget that we’re marooned on a tiny rock surrounded by the vastness of space - and even so, how beautiful that can also be. This is all reinforced by beautiful time lapses showing the obsidian night sky being painted by countless stars.
This film has won Marek the RTS Devon & Cornwall Student Award in 2020 for best "Short Form" film.
ENCHANTED CHARLIE is a short film which follows young boy named Charlie as he is left grief stricken when his Grandfather, an inventor, passes away suddenly and with no warning. His Grandfather has left a hidden magical pen that he invented before his death. Charlie embarks on an adventure to find this pen, facing difficult and mysterious quests along the way. With the hope of finding the treasure, Charlie chases the legacy which will help him to resurrect his grandfather.
Marek was a cinematographer for this project.
DRIFT - PINHOLE FILM
DRIFT is an experimental short film that's been filmed using no lenses, mimicking a pinhole camera. A short visualization that even without fancy camera lens, one can make a compelling story with bare minimum.
Marek was the camera operator/cinematographer for this project.