Igor Savatovic has more than 20 years of experience in every field of Film and TV Production with all kinds of professional film or digital media.
As Director of Photography, he was in charge for cinematography in many Documentary Films, Short Feature Films and countless TVC's, Corporate Films and Music Videos. He is very experienced DOP for multi camera feature TV series productions. His work as DOP is pioneering in Drama Production, as he was one of the first DOP’s in Eastern Europe to work on Teleneovellas. He was a Director of Photography on the first Pan Arab, Studio based Telenovella. 120 Episodes TV Series, “2nd Chance - فرصة ثانية”. During his career Igor filmed more than 500 episodes of different TV series genres.
He is owner of three complete camera stabilizing systems - steadicam's. While he was living in Croatia, Igor was steadicam operating on almost every LIVE TV Show, broadcasted on main Croatian commercial TV stations. During the Production, Igor is alwayes equipped with two steadicam rigs. There is no chance to stay without a backup rig, and loose unnecessary time for repair or replacement if some malfunction, unfortunately, happens during the production. His steadicam achivments in TVC's, drama series, feature films,... are unmatched.
He worked in Europe, Asia and MENA Region.
Igor was born in 1973, in Pula/Croatia (Ex-Yugoslavia), where he finished elementary school and highschool.
In 1994 he was accepted at the Academy of Dramatic Art at the Zagreb University, and he has a Magister of Arts (MA) degree, in Film and TV Cinematography, from October of 2000. Igor's garduating work at the Academy of Drama Arts, were a short film "The Death of the Seals (2000)" and detailed and well researched essay "Digital Darkroom".
As a photographer he worked in many Croatian magazines and newspapers (ST-Ekskluziv, Studio, Delta, Jutarnji List, ...). His photographs where also regularly published in the newspapers of "Europa Press Hollding". He had his photographs exhibited three times. Once on his own (Istrian club-Zagreb), and twice whit a group of artists (SC-gallery). He has also worked as cinematographer for many TV shows, and as a cameraman on many sporting events.
In 1998 Igor attended a Documentary Film Workshop, at the Imagenary Academy in Groznjan, Croatia.
In 2001 he became a member of Film Artist Association of Croatia.
In 2001 he became a owner of his first camera professional stabilization system, Glidecam V-16, and started to work as steadicam (glidecam) operator. Igor made many modifications on his first rig, and some of them were quite unique at that time, so he was asked to write an article about those modification he made. This article, with detaild pictures of modifications, was published in a book "Modyfing a Glidecam V16" by Charls King.
From 2002 till 2004, he is writeing about digital photography. In a Croatian Practical Photography magazine, FOTOmag, he had his own collumn "Digi Škola - Digi School"
In 2002 he started to work as teacher in cinematography and web design at the summer workshops for child mine victims, which is held in Rovinj, Croatia!
In 2003, beside cinematography and web design, Igor also established a photography workshop, which was especially good taken by this young kids! The summer workshops were organized by Croatian Mine Victims' Association
From 2005 Igor is a member of Croatian Freelance Artists' Association.
At the end of 2005, Igor became a owner of another Camera Stabilization System, Sachtler Artemis Cine. Now, with two rigs in his ownership, there is no stedicam requirment that he can't fulfill.
In 2006, he became a member of Steadicam Operators Association.
The same year, in January, at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb, Igor was a teacher on Steadicam Seminar for the Cinematography students.
In september 2006, Igor became a owner of his third rig. Sachtler Artemis EFP. With two steadicam operators working with him, and three complate camera stabilization systems in his ownership, there is no steadicam production need that he can't provide!!!
In 2008, Sachtler decided to publish a story about Igor's work on the official Sachtler's website, under title "Made With Sachtler".
In 2010, Igor was interviwed for a Croatian LifeStyle Magazine "Ljepota & Zdravlje". "Master Of Atracrive Shots" was the name of the story.
"Fashion Portal Hippy Garden", in 2013 published a interview with Igor - Director of Photography, and Steadicam professional
From 2016, Igor is freelance DOP and Steadi Operator/Owner, based in DUBAI - UAE, but willing to travel anywhere. (Holder of EU-Croatian Passaport, and U.S. B1/B2 visa)
Fluent in English and Italian language. Arabic language, limited working proficency.