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The Nature Cinematography of Kong Skull Island (with Ross Riege) GCS118

Ross Riege is the cinematographer behind the stunningly beautiful environmental landscape shots from Kong: Skull Island. Ross and I discuss his Indi filmmaking approach to this blockbuster feature and it’s innovative “Nature Unit”.

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Spotlight: Ross Riege

Ross Riege’s experience behind the camera has spanned everything from commercial, to documentary, indie films, and even blockbuster Hollywood hits like the recent Kong: Skull Island. With Kong, Ross directed the photography for the “Nature Unit” responsible for everything from sweeping landscape shots, to simple pickups. Ross and I talk all about this unique unit and how he worked with director Jordan Vogt Roberts. Ross also was the director of photography for ABC Networks hit show The Catch and we discuss the big differences between lighting for film vs network television.

  • The Nature Unit of Kong Skull Island
  • Working with Jordan Vogt Roberts
  • Shooting King of Summer
  • Building the perfect cinematographers pitch and mood board
  • How the Nature Unit blended with the other shooting units
  • How Kong Skull Island blended indie and Hollywood filmmaking
  • Shooting landscapes in Vietnam
  • Shooting the ABC series The Catch
  • The difference between lighting for broadcast tv vs feature film
  • and much much more!



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