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The Cinematography of The Night Of (with Igor Martinovic) GCS098

Igor Martinovic Cinematographer of The Night Of

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Igor Martinovic is the brilliant cinematographer of the new HBO hit series The Night Of and we invite him back on the show to talk all about it.

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Spotlight: Igor Martinovic

Igor Martinovic is the cinematographer behind many of your favorite films and tv shows including Man On Wire, House of Cards, and his latest project, HBO’s The Night Of. Igor and I discuss his lighting and camera techniques, shooting with Alexa and Leica Summicron lenses, and how embracing shadows, shooting out of focus and negative framing make The Night Of one of the most compelling shows of our time.

  • The lighting strategies of The Night Of
  • The story behind the original pilot with James Gandolfini
  • The strategy of obscuring
  • How to portray time passing slowly
  • Negative framing
  • The connection between SERIAL and THE NIGHT OF
  • Alexa with Summicron lenses
  • Purposeful camera moves
  • Shooting out of focus
  • The pitfalls of taking jobs you are not passionate about
  • Working with Robert Elswit
  • and much much more!

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The Cinematography of House of Cards Season 4 (with Pete Konczal) GCS086

Pete Konczal Cinematographer, House of Cards Season 4

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Today’s guest is Pete Konczal, Cinematographer of the brilliantly shot Netflix hit, House of Cards season 4. Pete and I discuss how he applied his style to this season as well as his shooting and lensing secrets.

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Spotlight: Pete Konczal

Pete Konczal is the incredibly talented cinematographer of the massive Netflix show, House of Cards season 4. Pete and I discuss how he incorporated his style into this season, his shooting and lighting techniques, and why living in the shadows is more fun.

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  • The Cinematography of House of Cards
  • The lighting and shooting techniques that Pete brought to House of Cards season 4
  • Why was the 32mm the hero lens
  • Embracing the shadows
  • Why the Oval Office is the hardest space to shoot in
  • Shooting on Red Dragon with the internal low light filter
  • The benefits of shooting with 2 cameras
  • Controlled Softlight
  • The benefits of shooting art and fashion films
  • Why Pete is inspired by Gordon Willis
  • and much more!

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Shooting Orange is the New Black (with Ludovic Littee) GCS064

Today we invite Ludovic Littee, director of photography for Orange is the New Black. We discuss this massive Netflix hit and Ludovic’s journey from First AC to camera operator to Director of Photography. What does a first AC really do, and why are they considered the unsung hero’s of production. We discuss it all.

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Spotlight: Ludovic Littee

With over a decade in the film industry, Ludovic Littee has built an impressive career in feature film and television working with Steve McQueen, David Fincher and as Director of Photography for the current season of Orange is the New Black. We discuss all the lighting and shooting techniques that support the shows realistic approach, making the transition from Arri Alexa to the Panasonic Varicam 35, the future of 4K broadcast and more. We also dive deep into the responsibilities of the First Assistant Camera. What do they really do on set and why are they considered to be the unsung hero of any production.

  • Lighting techniques that promote realism and allow the actors to play
  • Why Barger Lights are being used on Orange is the new Black
  • Lighting for female characters with no makeup
  • Making the move from Alexa to Varicam 35. What are the pro’s and con’s
  • Making the move from Cooke lenses to Panavision Primo lenses
  • Moving the show from 2K to 4K and the future of 4K broadcast
  • The responsibilities of a First Assistant Camera
  • Why the future of a DIT could be bleak
  • Shooting Steve McQueens film “Shame”
  • and more…

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House of Cards Season 3 (with Martin Ahlgren) GCS055

Today we invite Martin Ahlgren, Director of Photography for House of Cards Season 3. Martin and I discuss all the details behind lighting, lensing, and creating the absolutely stunning visuals of the hit Netflix show.

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Spotlight: Martin Ahlgren

Martin Ahlgren is the brilliant Director of Photography for House of Cards season 3. We discuss all the behind the scenes tricks that help him create one of the best looking television shows of our time. The lenses, the lighting and the beautifully crafted dance between blocking actors and moving cameras… These are just a few of the things that make us fall in love with each and every episode. Martin also discusses how his work in commercials and music videos offer him a playground of experimentation that often times result in techniques for his tv and feature film work. Fan boys and girls rejoice as we dive deep into all things House of Cards.

  • How to prep each episode when there is no time to prep
  • The pre-planned lighting scenarios that helped keep Martin on schedule
  • Working with the actors and blocking scenes
  • Shooting Red Dragon 6K but framing for 5K
  • Shooting the oval office, over and over and over and over again.
  • Controlling the camera via foolcontrol
  • Martin’s extensive portfolio of music videos and commercials
  • and more…

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House of Cards (With Igor Martinovic) GCS025

Today we speak with cinematographer Igor Martinovic. Igor is the Director of Photography for the netflix original series “House of Cards” as well as countless feature films and documentaries including the Academy Award winning “Man On Wire”. Igor shares behind the scenes stories from House of Cards, working with David Fincher and Kevin Spacy, shooting on the Red Epic and more.

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Spotlight: Igor Martinovic

Igor Martinovic is a New York based cinematographer of feature films, documentaries and television inducing the Academy Award winning “Man on Wire” and most recently the Emmy Award winning Netflix original series, House of Cards. Igor and I discuss his vast portfolio of work across TV, film, documentary and commercial. Igor shares his thoughts on working with David Fincher and Kevin Spacy, shooting for Netflix on 4K, his camera and lighting techniques and much more.

  • The inspiration behind the look of House of Cards
  • Working with David Fincher and Kevin Spacey
  • Lighting for different environments and characters
  • Working with Netflix
  • The Academy Award winning “Man on Wire”
  • Commercial vs. Film vs. Documentary
  • Igor’s big break
  • Questions from our listeners
  • And much more.

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