(module 5) Cinematographers Tell Their Story

To get greater insight into the world of cinematography, it is always best to hear from those who are involved in the art and science of the camera firsthand. The following interviews will provide you with an up close perspective. You will need to engage in one of these interviews and provide dialogue with this module’s discussion board  response post.

Here, you will find an interview with Oscar-nominee Tom Sigel. He is an American cinematographer best known for his collaborations with director Bryan Singer on films like The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, and the X-Men film franchise. Here, Tom also talks about his work on the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Here’s a second interview with Sigel in his work with Spike Lee on Da 5 Bloods and the Sam Hargrave flick Extraction. Noel also gets Tom to share a bit about the Russo Brothers/Tom Holland collaboration Cherry.

Here, you’ll find an interview with two-time Oscar nominee Seamus McGarvey. This cinematographer is known for films like the Greatest Showman, Bad Times at the El Royale, Nocturnal Animals, The Atonement & The Avengers.

Phedon Papamichael is a master cinematographer working with the likes of James Mangold, Alexander Payne, Gore Verbinski, Jon Turteltaub and more. On this episode of Open Dialogue, Papamichael offers an in-depth look into the making of Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” We discover his favorite scene in this Netflix release and some challenges along the way.  Papamichael also shares some thoughts about his work with Payne, Mangold and Verbinski and life during the pandemic.

Phedon Papamichael is a long-time cinematographer and has worked on films as varied as NebraskaCool RunningsPhenomenonSideways and Walk the Line. Here he talks about his work on the James Mangold film Ford v Ferrari.

Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. has worked with Francis Ford Coppola, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Taika Waititi among others. Here, he talks with Noel T. Manning II and shares his filmmaking background and his leadership on bringing the critically successful and award-winning Jojo Rabbit to the big screen.

It: Chapter 2 Cinematographer Checco Varese talks with entertainment journalist Noel T. Manning II about his history in documentary, journalism, music videos, film.

Checco Varese is an international cinematographer (he speaks six languages) of music videos, television, film and streaming. Recent works like It: Chapter Two and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan speak to his versatility.

Other projects on his resume include Replicas, Miracles From Heaven, The 33, Girl in Progress, and Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

He also known for his expertise on bringing pilots to life (FX’s The Strain; A&E’s The Returned; ABC Family’s The Fosters; Melrose Place for the CW; The Defenders for CBS; the True Blood pilot).

Varese is known for hundreds of music videos including Dave Matthew’s Band’s “Crash” and Prince’s “Black Sweat” (an MTV Video Music Awards’ nomination nominated for Best Cinematography).

What do you think make great visual storytelling? What inspires you to watch film? Some of the greatest cinematographers will share their story here:

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