Interviews - Cinematographers


Jellyfish Flares, Malick Homages and “Igor, the Possession Lens”: DP Caleb Heymann on the Fear Street trilogy

Fear Street: 1994

“A Film Trilogy Event.” That’s how Netflix heralded the arrival earlier this month of Fear Street, a trio of interconnected horror movies based on R.L. Stine’s popular book series that debuted on the streamer in one-week intervals. That wasn’t exactly…  Read more

By Jul 20, 2021

“Faces Take Five Minutes to Light, Backgrounds Take Five Hours”: Cinematographer Matt Wise on his Lighting Philosophy and the Horror Comedy Werewolves Within

Werewolves Within (Photo: Sabrina Lantos, courtesy IFC Films)

Trapped in an isolated mountain community by a snowstorm, a forest ranger (Sam Richardson) and a postal worker (Milana Vayntrub) must discern which of their neighbors is the culprit behind a lycanthropic killing spree. Though based on the Ubisoft VR…  Read more

By Jul 2, 2021

“If You’re Not Scared of an Old Short End, Then You Can Have It”: DP Annika Summerson on Censor

Niamh Algar in Censor (Photo by Maria Lax, courtesy of Magnet Releasing)

In the early 1980s, as Britain took a rightward turn that mirrored America’s own shift, the country’s bastions of righteousness took aim at the nascent videocassette market. Before home video releases were placed under the purview of the British Board…  Read more

By Jun 10, 2021

500 Extras on a Hot Summer Day: DP Alice Brooks on In the Heights

Alice Brooks, Jon M. Chu, Stephanie Beatriz and Daphne Rubin-Vega on the set of In the Heights (Photo by Macall Polay)

On Broadway, In the Heights won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2008. With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, the story unfolds in Manhattan’s Washington Heights during a heatwave that results in…  Read more

By Jun 10, 2021

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