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Photo of S. Craig Zahler
Photo of S. Craig Zahler

S. Craig Zahler

“Things like music and using close-ups make things seem more cinematic, so what I’m doing by stripping away that stuff is I’m making the violence feel more real. I shoot violence in a really unvarnished way, without all this cinematic frosting, and there’s no CG so there isn’t that slight off, digital feel. It makes the impact sharper, because it’s not how audiences are used to seeing movie violence.”