Q&A: Elise Lorthiois

Interested in attending the Wasatch Mountain Film Festival?

Elise Lorthiois directed 2020 WMFF features “Silk’s Balance”, the following of 5 women in their intimate adventure, highlining in the middle of the mountains. We asked her a few questions, see our Q&A conversation below:

What is in your gear bag/kit?

I shoot with a GH5 and a Mavic pro. I like to have small, light gear with me so I can be anywhere at anytime. It is a great advantage with a micro 4/3 camera, all the lenses are twice smaller, so it fits in my bagpack for a long trek.

What item can you not live without?


I don’t know, I use all what I have all the time, so I cannot think of one item in particular. I like my dslr fixation on bagpack which is really helpful for example.

How do you choose music for your films?

That is the most difficult part personally. It takes me forever. I listen on YouTube and on artist, lots and lots of différents music’s. Until I know more and more what I see for my movie for atmosphere. When I have it, I usually pick 2 or 3 musics and start mixing them in order to have what I want.

Most necessary character-quality for a director?

To adapt quickly to any situations.

Who has been most influential in your directing career?


I think it was to see the short video of “Dalessandri-watchtower of turkey” that made me change the way I see shorts clips on internet. The edits of his movies are insanely creative.

Favorite on-set memory?

For this movie : to be suspended above the void with the Mont Blanc watching me, trying to get a steady shot of a foot.

Craziest on-set/en route to set adventure?

Once I was working on a film in Kenya about baboons. I had to wake up at 4am truing to catch a dickdick pooping.. And instead I met a baboon in the camp kitchen eating our food. I had to do en eye battle to get rid of him, without laughing of myself.

More About Elise Lorthiois


Freelance and self-learner, Elise Lorthiois discovered videography by following street artists in Paris. Then, learning the communication’s power of images, she began to edit films for a lot of NGOs, in the idea to make helpful’s videos.
But useful doesn’t mean inaesthetics, so she also likes from time to time to do more artistics and free projects.