In 2007, I was enlisted to work on American Cinematographer's inaugural "Authoring Images" issue -- a special supplement exploring the collaboration between the cinematographer, the production designer and the director -- and I ended up writing the bulk of the copy for the entire three-part series.
Click here to read my in-depth look at how cinematographers, production designers and directors communicated and collaborated on Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Memoirs of a Geisha and The Prestige.
For many decades following the arrival of sync sound and color cinematography in the '20s and '30s, motion picture production technology was largely static. Incremental changes came... but the overall process remained a mechanical and photochemical one rooted in capturing light on celluloid on practical sets designed and built by hand ...
But just as the digital revolution opened up new worlds for filmmakers, it also created a wealth of issues for cinematographers, directors and productions designers.
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Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski, director Gore Verbinski and production designer Rick Heinrichs recount how they prepared for the seemingly impossible task of shooting two Pirates of the Caribbean sequels simultaneously.
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You can read the entire American Cinematographer: Authoring Images I issue entire issue here.