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The Cinematography of Stranger Things (with Tim Ives)

Tim Ives is the visionary cinematographer behind this summers massive hit show Stranger Things and we discuss all the lighting and lensing techniques that give Stranger Things its retro-iconic look.

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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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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
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Gone Girl (with Jeff Cronenweth) GCS045

Today we speak with Jeff Cronenweth, the brilliant cinematographer for some of the most iconic films in cinema’s history including Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Social Network and the recent hit Gone Girl. Jeff and I discuss his entire career including his stunning portfolio of music videos and commercials, the pro’s and con’s of digital film-making and working with director David Fincher.

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Jeff Cronenweth is truly one of our most brilliant cinematographers creating films like Fight Club, Girl with the Dragon tattoo, The Social Network and Gone Girl. These collaborations with David Fincher have dazzled audiences around the world, received countless awards and changed cinema forever . Jeff’s un-dying thirst for cinematic innovation has made him an advocate for digital film making and inspired his masterful commercial and music video work. And he speaks all about it today on Go Creative Show.

  • Behind the scenes stories from Fight Club, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network
  • How Jeff created the look of Gone Girl
  • Lighting faces to be evil and beautiful at the same time.
  • Working with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, Taylor Swift and more
  • Working with genius music video director Mark Romanek
  • Jeff’s brilliant collaborations with David Fincher
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  • How Jeff is inspired by his father Jordan Cronenweth
  • How Jeff’s commercial work inspires his film work
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Boardwalk Inspire (With David Franco, DP of Boardwalk Empire) GCS011

In this Go Creative Show podcast, we speak with David Franco, the brilliant Director of Photography for Boardwalk Empire, about his shooting techniques.

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