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Watchmen Cinematography (with Xavier Grobet ASC)

Discover the challenges of filming a comic series based in a dramatic reality with HBO’s Watchmen cinematographer, Xavier Grobet ASC.

Xavier and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss overcoming the visual challenges of Watchmen, the difficulties of lighting and filming masked characters, the unique camera rig used for Looking Glass’ reflective shield, advice for new cinematographers, and more!

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Visual challenges of shooting a comic series based in reality (02:30)
  • Xavier’s prep process for Watchmen (16:16)
  • Shooting on the Alexa Mini with various lenses (23:52)
  • Discussing Watchmen’s various looks (25:27)
  • Approach to lighting for Watchmen (29:38)
  • Challenges of filming masked characters (31:42)
  • The camera rig used for Looking Glass’ mask (36:13)
  • Collaborating with the VFX team (39:08)
  • Xavier’s approach to blocking scenes (42:24)
  • Beginning a film career in Mexico (46:51)
  • Advice for new cinematographers (48:18)
  • And more!

Show Links

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MZed – Education for Creatives

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3 comments on Watchmen Cinematography (with Xavier Grobet ASC)

  1. Nurman Vistosky says:

    So I guess somebody told you that the title of the show is “Watchmen”, not “The Watchmen”…

    It was really annoying having to listen to the constant ” wrong title”.

    What was also annoying was the fact that you and Xavier kept referring to the original work as a “Graphic Novel” when it’s a well know fact that Watchmen is a 12-issue limited comic series. The fact that it was collected as a trade paperback and a hardcover collection does not make it a graphic novel.

    But, hey: that’s just the comic nerd in me complaining about those mistakes.

    Keep up the good work, Ben: your podcast is always informative and entertaining !

    1. Connor Crosby says:

      Appreciate the kind words and feedback!

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