Backstage with our Digital Content Producer

Meet Joel Tronoff

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Backstage with our Digital Content Producer

Performing the music on stage is only half the job – behind the scenes there are incredible people who make a concert what it is.

Meet Digital Content Producer Joel Tronoff – the talented man filming everything from performances and interviews, to special projects like our Last Post tribute and Torreador Song, done Queensland Style. We caught up with Joel to talk about what it’s like filming our musicians, his cinematography inspiration, and playing Dungeons and Dragons. 

Tell us about your role at Queensland Symphony Orchestra?

My role is Digital Content Producer, so I create the videos you see on all of our social media platforms. It’s been an amazing experience getting to know our musicians and developing a greater appreciation for the extreme talent they all possess. I love being able to work alongside them and having the opportunity to show our audience just how incredible they are both as humans and as musicians. 

What kind of videos were you making before you worked with Queensland Symphony Orchestra?

Before the Orchestra, I worked full time as a wedding cinematographer. I started filming weddings in 2014 and have had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world I otherwise may never have visited. I love filming people and enjoy finding details and the stories within them. Filming weddings helped me to develop my own style and realise my love for film and storytelling, as well as meeting some incredible people along the way.

What kind of videos do you love making with the Orchestra?

I always love showing off an individual’s talents. I think there’s something pretty powerful about an orchestra being stripped back to a single musician and demonstrating why they are in the position they’re in. With a solo, I can really get close to the musician and their instrument and demonstrate how they play and how technical it can all be. I find that interesting as a non-musician myself. These people are really good. Like REALLY good. I count myself lucky that I get to come to work each day and sit in front world-class musicians with a camera. As well as this, I find some of the Q&As really fun to shoot and watch back. It’s always fascinating to learn about the person behind the instrument. Also some of the instruments have the most ridiculous stories behind them. We have a Double Bass here that’s over a hundred years old. Crazy.

Where do you get your video inspiration from?

I like to watch good movies when I can. David Cronenweth, Bradford Young, and Hoyte Van Hoytema are a few of my favourite cinematographers. Their works are so intriguing and calculated. The way they can tell a story through a camera is something I admire. Nowadays everyone can film and upload onto YouTube, however, there are some amazing local creators who make some exceptional work on a level that I find more achievable and inspiring. If I have a spare hour or two I like to scroll through the Vimeo Staff Picks for some absolute gems.

What’s your favourite film of all time?

It’s hard to pick just one film. However, I’m a huge David Fincher fan. Gone Girl has been one of my favourites for a long time. Another classic is Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window.

Do you play any instruments?

I’ve never really stuck to any instrument in particular. I played the drums as a kid and had lessons for a while. My parents were both musical when I was younger and would contribute their talents in our church, and I always thought I would join them there one day, however I just couldn’t play. I can slap my knees to make it sound almost like a song though… probably.

When you’re not at work, what are you doing?

I play video games and film stuff. I still film the occasional wedding and side projects which I always enjoy taking on. I also like cooking. On Wednesdays I play Dungeons and Dragons with a group of friends over a few drinks. It definitely gets more exciting the more drinks you have.