Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the Cinematography of Comic Book Television (with Manuel Billeter) GCS112

Manuel Billeter is the cinematographer behind the lens of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the upcoming Iron Fist and he joins us to discuss the cinematography of comic book TV shows.

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Spotlight: Manuel Billeter

Comic book television shows have been on the rise with no signs of slowing down and two of the stand-out shows in this genre were shot by today’s guest. Manuel Billeter is the cinematographer of Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the upcoming Iron Fist, and he joins us today to discuss his techniques for bringing these characters to life. his lighting, camera, and lensing choices and even a little sneak peek into the upcoming Defenders.

  • The benefits of a formal film education
  • The rise of comic book television shows on Netflix
  • Why shooting a show for Netflix is “liberating”
  • Shooting night exteriors on Jessica Jones
  • How 1970’s blaxploitation films inspired Luke Cage
  • Using Cineo LED lights
  • Manuel’s love of wide lenses for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage
  • How to shoot and light hero characters
  • A sneak peak at Defenders?
  • and much much more!



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