Janos Kis

Janos Kis

Camera operator, line producer and location manager in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

About Janos

I am a Hungarian/English speaking freelance documentary photographer, photojournalist, Video-producer/videographer, camera operator, fixer, field/line producer, production manager and writer. I've been living for many years across different countries incl. France, USA, Japan, Israel, Cambodia and Hungary. Studied Sociology, Cinematography and Assistant camera craft. I have experience working on documentaries, reality and travel show, news and short films.

I'm a keen avant-garde filmmaker of slow cinema, making "Experimental Contemplative Short Films" using minimalist or no camera movements and long takes to capture the zen of life and unexpected occasions of grace.

If you are thinking of shooting in Cambodia maybe in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam or Myanmar or maybe in Central Europe especially in Hungary, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Note: ....for a decade I work with several talented pro film crew members incl. local and foreign professionals whom are the key players of the Cambodian film industry and have experience working on both low and high budget international feature films, TV dramas, TVC music videos. Even if I'm not in South East Asia" I'm smoothly managing my team and support your needs from pre-production till the wrap.

My services: pre-production, fixer services, line producing, consultancy, location scout, brainstorming creative shooting ideas, data collections and researches, securing interviews, still photography, camera operating, videography, arranging hotels, catering, logistics, interpreter services, casting assistance and all the necessary permits for foreign film crews and journalists.

Janos was the field/line producer and fixer, pre-production manager of multi award winning Hungarian feature documentary "Another Planet" shot some part also in Cambodia about child labor.

As a line producer he was hired by the Vertigo Pictures (Singapore) producer to work with award winning directors on "The Bicycle Diaries" travel documentary series Episode 6. This time Singapore's one of the most famous TV host was riding a bicycle on various locations from the sea, across the capital to the mountain hill tribes and introduced Cambodia to the Channel News Asia's audience.

Janos contributed as fixer, line producer and production manager with Silver Screen International on Singapore's most popular Indian (Tamil) language documentary travel show "Rayil Sneham" Cambodian episode and was broadcast by Mediacorp/ Vasantham. The film captured the everyday lives of Cambodian people, culture, tradition, historical sites, culinary specialties, sometimes off the beating track.

Janos was the fixer for Channel News Asia International desk (Singapore) during the broadcast on Garment industry crisis in Cambodia and was chosen as line producer for the popular Belgian Reality TV Show series "Jobs without frontiers" Cambodian episode. In this episode four Belgian tattoo artists flew to Cambodia to discover and mastering the secret of ancient Yantra Tattoo Art from local masters.

Janos conducted researches, identified sources on human rights cases (eviction, child labor, pedophilia, drug trade, mental illness, etc) for British,Polish, German, Swiss, Singaporean, Hungarian, Belgian clients too.

In 2012 Nikon Pro Magazine published an interview with Janos and dedicated him “The guy behind the scenes who make it all possible" and called him one of the top fixer of the industry.

He's article about Cambodia's film industry has been published on The Location Guide in 2016.

His photo and video works appeared in Phnom Penh Post, Eye See Media, Global Voices, CrowdVoice, Nikon Pro Magazine, Amerikai Nepszava, Handicap International, Open Democracy, Peace Dialogue, Moments, Chabad Cambodia, The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism, Open Society Archives (OSA), etc...

Janos spent a year working on a Holocaust documentary about the real story of the last survivals of Haganah Ship Exodus 1947. Unfortunately during the long pre-production research tragically 3 of the survivals passed away and the production was canceled.

As the only photo- and videojournalist, Janos joined the crowds of Syrian, Iranian, Afghan, Bangladeshi migrants and refugees and traveled together by night bus from Budapest Keleti Transit Zone till the Austrian border then continued photographing and filming their odyssey until Nickelsdorf, Austria. The film contains footage and short interviews with refugee families, governor of Burgerland, Austria and about the previous events inside Keleti Transit Zone and the train station.

Janos directed "Fear" a Holocaust trilogy filmed entirely in Auschwitz I. and Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. The film paying tributes to the Victims of Nazism using unusual film language.

Janos first feature length contemplative experimental film is "Desolation" currently in production. The first part was shot in Hungary and wrapped while the second part just started the pre-production in June 2017 in Cambodia.

He's the author of a novel "Dick Monday's Tokyo Adventures", and writing synopsis for shorts films.

Janos is member of the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia.


Name: Janos Kis

Lives in: Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Occupation: Camera Operator, Line Producer, Location Manager, Production Manager, Videographer, Photographer (Still), Researcher and Production Coordinator

Unique traits: I'm an out–of-the-box thinker and problem solver, have a positive can-do attitude.

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