Hollywood-trained Director of Photography amazed by Chiatura's beauty
21 July, 2016
Hollywood-trained Director of Photography amazed by Chiatura's beauty
The director of photography of Hollywood and Bollywood Thomas Burns was living in Georgia twenty years ago. Now he is in Georgia again and planning to stay for a long time. He told us about the rise of Georgian cinematography and his love towards this country.

-Recently, a group from Hollywood was here… You have been living here for two years already and met this group from Hollywood, who wanted to see Georgia…

- Yes, I have worked in Hollywood for
ten years… As for the group you mentioned, I did not know anyone who was there. I met them here for the first time. They were mainly location managers and everything was organized by Georgian government. I was invited by the Ministry of Economy. I was very nice to meet my American colleagues. They chose several routes and we visited those places together. I have seen almost all the regions in Georgia but I had never seen Chiatura. This town is unbelievably beautiful! I think Chiatura is one of the best location in the world, where you can film to movies. The most important thing is that this is a natural beauty and we were amazed by the fact that the town was built in such an unusual locality, where everything is connected by cable cars. New ropeways and better conditions would of course make this town a lot more attractive for tourists. However, if we talk about the movies, the actual infrastructure is very interesting.

- Was there anything else in Georgia that the Americans found interesting?

- They liked Tbilisi, Kazbegi, Tskaltubo, Kutaisi… Especially it was the parliament building in Kutaisi that attracted their attention. It is a little strange and different from other parliament buildings in the world. The Tskaltubo sanatorium has its old style preserved and is also very interesting. In Kazbegi they liked Gergeti trinity church.

- Do they plan to shoot anything in Georgia in the nearest future?

- The group consisted of a very successful people. They were the makers of the movies like Mission Impossible, Transformers, Star Wars… They will now meet directors and producers in Hollywood and share their impressions with them. I have high hopes that they will chose Georgia as a shooting location. It may not be a big movie at first but gradually this country will become very popular in that direction. There is a very important renaissance in Georgian cinematography and I am very happy to be a part of that.

- You have been living here for two years already and you are in love with this country. You even expressed indignation about the fact that people throw garbage everywhere. Did the people from Hollywood mention this fact too?

- The situation now is a lot better in that respect by the way. I don’t think the group has seen anything like that or paid attention to those kinds of facts. They had other important things to see.

- Did they like Georgian cuisine?

- Yes, they liked it very much. We began from Tbilisi and visited Svaneti, Kakheti, Imereti, Adjara… Each of these regions has its own special kind of food. They were so impressed that every time they finished eating, they couldn’t wait for the next dinner time to come. Unfortunately they were very busy and did not have much time to get to know Georgian culture more.

- What are you doing in Georgia at present?

- I have just finished working on a musical video, where I was the chief cameraman. Bollywood’s professional were here and they made a video not a pornography, as some sources claimed. They chose Tbilisi Opera as the location. It is a wonderful building. There is another project coming: American and Polish movie makers will visit Georgia and we plan to shoot the movies together. The first film will be about Georgia.

- Do you plan to stay in Georgia longer?

- I was living here about twenty years ago. Then I left but missed Georgia so much that I decided to come back. I do not plan to leave for a very long time. My American dog is here, which means I will stay here for a very long time. I also have a wonderful Georgian girlfriend and everything goes perfectly in my personal life’. Now the elections are coming and I know everyone is switched to politics. I remember what Georgia was like in 1998 and I don’t think there is any other country in the world that achieved so much progress in such a short period of time. Georgians are strong, there are some wonderful people in the villages and I believe this country is approaching a very good period.

By Manana Gabrichidze

Related Stories:

Hollywood filmmakers exploring Georgia as a location for filming

Enticing Hollywood to Film in Georgia
Other Stories
Georgian national anthem to be played in squares, trains and buses at 5:10pm on May 26
The Georgian national anthem will be performed throughout the country to mark the Independence Day at 5:10pm on May 26.
“Georgia – Homeland of Wine” – The project that made the Japanese fall in love with Georgian wine and its technology
“It is only through acknowledging the history of nations that they could preserve their nationality, existence, and identity,”
Honey discovered in Georgia’s Neolithic settlements dates back 8000 years
During the construction of the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline in Borjomi, a resort town in south-central Georgia,
Construction of toilet in the gate of Georgian temple stopped – What happened in Doliskana?
Doliskana is a Georgian medieval Orthodox monastery in the Medieval Georgian kingdom of Klarjeti
The Telegraph: “The Georgian researchers hoping to make wine on Mars”
The Telegraph has published the article “The Georgian researchers hoping to make wine on Mars”
The first ever Georgian Qveveri Museum and Marani at the Plumpton Agricultural College
After more than a year of active preparations, the first ever Georgian Qveveri Museum and Marani was open on the territory of the Plumpton Agricultural College on 17 April.
‘Wintering Over’: Georgia’s 90s captured by Guram Tsibakhashvili
The Barnovi House of Arts in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia hosted the opening of Guram Tsibakhashvili’s
The Prima Ballerina Nino Ananiashvili named the honorable president "Europe Nostra" to Georgia
The Prima Ballerina Nino Ananiashvili named the honorable president "Europe Nostra"
New stunning dance by Georgian National Ballet - Sukhishvili
Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet has recently presented their new dance performed
Georgian Film “Bad People” wins the Discover Film Award in London
The Georgian film “Bad People” became the winner of the Best International Drama Award
Google Arts and Culture tells the history of the Georgian Alphabet
The history of the Georgian alphabet has been told through Google Arts and Culture’s online exhibition.
Georgian painter Tekla Meladze is a founder of a new trend in Art
An 18-year-old Georgian painter Tekla Meladze has launched a new trend in art.
Georgian wine in Tokyo Metro Station – How does Japanese embrace Georgian culture and cuisine?
Nearly everyone who enters Tennozu Isle Tokyo Metro station finds out more about Georgian wine thanks to advertising campaign of the National Wine Agency of Georgia.
Japanese Master of Wine representing Georgian wine to the world
Within the framework of exhibition called Georgia – Homeland of Wine held in Tokyo, the only master of wine in Japane Kenichi Ohashi held a presentation about Georgian wine for the Japanese wine experts.
Google devotes an online exhibition to David Kakabadze’s scientific work
David Kakabadze, Georgian painter and inventor of glassless stereo cinema has been celebrated by Google Arts and Culture’s online exhibition.
Zviad Ratiani among 8 poets nominated for the European Poet of Freedom 2020 Award
Georgian poet Zviad Ratiani has been nominated for the European Poet of Freedom 2020 Award.
The 3rd Georgian Film Review ‘Gamardżoba kino’ opens on Friday, April 5 in Warsaw
The 3rd Georgian Film Review ‘Gamardżoba kino’ organized by the members of the Kaukaz.net foundation in Poland opens on Friday, April 5 bringing a range of screenings and discussions to the audience.
Georgian bible discovered in Dagestan
Bible written in Georgian was discovered in Dagestan.
Kintsugi Qvevri – Repaired Qvevri as a Rebirth of Georgia
Japan preserves an art of repairing broken pottery with gold.
"In these terrific Georgians we had met more than our match... "
Soviet Georgia in the diaries of American writer John Steinbeck and through the lens of photographer Robert Capa
Georgian among “The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken in the World Today”
Georgia is among the 10 oldest languages still spoken in the world today.
Dutch screenwriter Roelof Jan Minneboo working on new films in Georgia
Roelof Jan Minneboo, Dutch screenwriter has visited Georgia to co-work with the Georgian film director Giorgi Ovashvili.
Georgian wheat granted status of national importance
Georgian wheat has granted a status of national importance.
GEL Exchange Rate