I liked making little movies, I liked photography, I liked going into the darkroom, and I loved going to the movies. In 1992, I did a little film called Impolite with a director named David Hauka. When you’re taking that 6K-capable film and doing 2K transfers, I’m not sure what the advantage is. “We’d seen so many battle scenes over the years – to make it truly impactful and to care for the characters, you have to find a unique way of portraying the story.”. Want to reading more about filmmaking? You’ve always got leeway, and fortunately creativity is rewarded on Game of Thrones. American productions were looking for local DPs so they didn’t have to relocate Americans to Canada and pay all these additional fees, and here was this local kid who had the experience. After receiving significant criticism for its poor lighting, Wagner defended the artistic choices he made for the gruesome battle scenes. Award-Winning Cinematographers Explain Cinematography, ‘The Walking Dead’ Director Michael Satrazemis Shoots Zombies With Film, Saturday Night Live’s Colorist Josh Bohoskey Gives Feeling To Film. At that age, there’s a lot of pressure to decide what you want to do, where you want to go to school, what you want to study. Fans were particularly excited for the show’s tentpole episode over the weekend, but many were left disappointed when multiple scenes were too dark for home-viewers to make out the much anticipated Battle of Winterfell. Saturday Night Live’s Colorist Josh Bohoskey Gives Feeling To Film*. On Game of Thrones normally there are about five DPs. 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If the DP is shooting every episode, he’s prepping the show in that way too. Growing up with his father’s photography and home videos, McLachlan fell for film early on and made the decision as a young adult to leave behind a career in cycling to pursue cinematography. © 2020 Ideaform Inc., All Rights There’s always room for interpretation, but we’re familiar with the show and those stills are a really good visual shorthand. ‘Game of Thrones’ Cinematographer Defends Battle of Winterfell Against Complaints It’s Too Dark to See. One thing I learned from cycling was that if you work hard enough, keep your focus sharp enough, and have a clearly defined goal, it’s probably going to be attainable. You couldn’t really make a living as a cyclist in Vancouver during those years. In one of the most recent episodes, “Eastwatch,” I was the last to shoot a scene in Cersei’s chamber. We had to shoot similar things on Westworld, but instead of defaulting to the way they used to do things we used massive amounts of light to properly bathe the prairie at nighttime. My dad was a bit of a bohemian, an illustrator, painter, avid home movie-maker, and photographer, so I had access to all that stuff at an early age. Guys like Gordon Willis knew there’s nothing new under the sun, but if you soak up the fine art masters’s work you’re going to produce much better images than if your references are Star Wars and Gilligan’s Island. Wagner did explain that much of the darkness could be due to the episode’s night-time shoots compared to lighter scenes that were shot on-set. John Constable, “The Hay Wain”, 1821. The hype begins. A roll of film would transfer about ten minutes, and by the time you’d purchased and processed it, you were looking at about $100. That was a lot of money. “Game of Thrones” isn’t the only show that’s faced criticism for its lighting choices. You can get the entire technical side of things under your belt without fancy equipment. So you really needed someone else to bankroll you, even if it was the local chain of pizza stores. From Game of Thrones to Westworld, Canadian cinematographer Robert McLachlan’s crisp imagery brings a colorful, low-key depth to your favorite television shows. For Game of Thrones fans who had a serious case of FOMO because they felt the dim lighting for “The Long Night” was lacking, the cinematographer behind the game …