Episode 118- MANDY WALKER - Cinematographer (2 replies)
Team Deakins has a fun conversation with cinematographer, Mandy Walker (AUSTRALIA, HIDDEN FIGURES, MULAN). We cover a lot in this episode, including the shooting of the film TRACKS and the unique challenges it presented. We also learn about her experience on Jane Got A Gun where she came in at the last minute and had to work on the fly. She shares her thoughts on static camera work vs a moving camera, how you find the right camera style for a film and her thoughts on VFX. Mandy also speaks of shooting the film Mulan and her love of the Alexa 65. A great talk with a wonderful cinematographer!
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Mandy Walker mentioned always asking the VFX team for a matte. Can you please explain more about that part of the process?
When visual effects are added in post it is quite common for the VFX house to provide a matte of the area or object that they have added. This is useful as it allows the cinematographer, when working in the DI suite, to balance the live and CG elements in the frame, rather than having that 'burnt in' to the shot. You can always do a rough Roto of the area effected but it can be time consuming.