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“This Is the First Film Todd and I Filmed Digitally”: DP Ed Lachman on Dark Waters

Ed Lachman and Todd Haynes on the set of Dark Waters

Starting with 2002’s Far from Heaven, cinematographer Ed Lachman worked with director Todd Haynes on four features before this year’s Dark Waters. Based on a true story, the movie follows corporate attorney Rob Bilott (played by Mark Ruffalo) as he investigates industrial pollution on a farm in…  Read more

By Dec 3, 2019

“This Little Live Show I was Doing on the Board”: DP Larry Sher on Joker

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker

The Gotham City of Joker is a mere fraction of a degree removed from the New York City of 1981, a time and place Larry Sher knows well. The Hangover and Godzilla: King of the Monsters cinematographer grew up in…  Read more

By Nov 7, 2019

“A Scare is an Algorithm”: DP Checco Varese on It Chapter Two

Bill Skarsgård in It Chapter Too

Read a few Checco Varese interviews and you’ll quickly discover that the Peruvian cinematographer likes to talk about his job through similes and metaphors. He’ll compare cinematographers to chefs who shop at the same store and cook with the same…  Read more

By Oct 24, 2019

“If a Director Feels the Need to Move the Camera Simply to ‘Make It Interesting,’ It’s Likely an Indicator the Scene Itself Isn’t That Interesting”: DP Erik Messerschmidt on Mindhunter, Season Two

Erik Messerschmidt on the set of Mindhunter

When David Fincher transitioned from music videos to feature films in the 1990s, the descriptors “glossy,” “slick” and “stylized” were frequently affixed to his work. Those adjectives were often aimed as pejoratives, categorizing Fincher as a technical virtuoso who created…  Read more

By Sep 17, 2019


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