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André Turpin

Cinematographer

“I’ve shot a lot of commercials with Alexas, and also Reds, but I’ve shot all my features in film. I think film is especially good when you’re going to extremes: when you’re shooting skies or window with bright exteriors, when it’s 7 stops over, film handles that more gracefully than digital. The other thing about film is that you have much more latitude in color correction. That’s something I… Read more
“I’ve shot a lot of commercials with Alexas, and also Reds, but I’ve shot all my features in film. I think film is especially good when you’re going to extremes: when you’re shooting skies or window with bright exteriors, when it’s 7 stops over, film handles that more gracefully than digital. The other thing about film is that you have much more latitude in color correction. That’s something I know about, and I’ve spoken to color timers a lot about this. They love film for that reason. If you’re trying to do a bleach bypass or ENR look, it looks artificial on digital. But there are great movies shot on digital. The thing I find about the digital format, is that it looks great when you time it a certain way, meaning dark and desaturated. When you try different approaches, you will choose what looks best, and what looks best in digital is often very sober, dark, desaturated images. They look great. But try to do 3 Kings or The City of Lost Children, or Seven on digital! So I think that digital media is actually guiding aesthetics right now.” Read less