Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Barry Jenkins interviews cinematographer Asif Siddiky

At ShortEnd Magazine. From the interview:

"SM: (laughing) See that’s funny because I always feel like on a set the DP has the most responsibility.

AS: To be honest, I haven’t had much responsibility DP’ing for narrative. Natural Causes was my first time doing that so I don’t have too much to base that on. With that experience in particular, the four of us [Siddiky and collaborating directors Michael Lerman and brothers Alex and Paul Cannon] were sort of sharing the load of making that film. And so in some ways I had the least to worry about of the four of us.

I’ve definitely worked on films doing behind the scenes documentaries for bigger productions, and I’ve seen that; I’ve seen the hundred man crews and all the lighting and all the stuff that goes on to produce the one shot after hours of work, and as I’m thinking about where I want to go with this, that’s really not the direction I want to head in at all. I prefer to work with small crews."

Read the rest of the interview here.

- Sujewa

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