In a series of in-depth interviews conducted in front of a live audience in the Society's historic Clubhouse. ASC members share their inspirations and experiences while analyzing their own work and offering an informative look at their decision-making process.
2020 ASC Clubhouse Conversations participant: Guillermo Navarro.
Guillermo Navarro, ASC
Guillermo Navarro, ASC stopped by the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood on May 2 for a “Clubhouse Conversation” event moderated by filmmaker and American Cinematographer contributor Jim Hemphill. Navarro was there to discuss Hostile Planet, the six-part NatGeo series on which he served as executive producer.
The cinematographer is best known for his narrative feature-film camerawork, including such pictures as Hellboy, Jackie Brown, Night at the Museum 3, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1&2, Pacific Rim and Pan’s Labryinth, for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
Online Clubhouse Conversations
In a series of in-depth interviews conducted from their homes, cinematographers share their inspirations and experiences with ASC Members while analyzing their own work and offering an informative look at their decision-making process.
Mike Berlucchi interviewed by Charlie Lieberman, ASC; Michael Grady interviewed by Lawrence Sher, ASC; and Gonzalo Amat interviewed by Jim Hemphill
Mike Berlucchi interviewed by Charlie Lieberman, ASC
Berlucchi photographed all 10 episodes of the first season of Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet for creator Rob McElhenney and Apple TV+. Hailed by critics as a groundbreaking show, it brings The Office-level humor to the complicated world of video games. He also shot the first season of Netflix’s upcoming Teenage Bounty Hunters series from executive producer Jenji Kohan. Previously, he photographed the third, fourth and fifth seasons of FX’s beloved You’re the Worst series for directors Stephen Falk and Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
A native of Chicago, Lieberman is a self-taught cinematographer who learned on the job while shooting documentaries, shorts and industrial films before photographing his first feature, the horror classic Henry: Portrait of A Serial Killer. After relocating to Los Angeles, he began working in television, shooting a series of stand-out network series, including My So-Called Life, Once and Again, Joan of Arcadia and Heroes. An alternate member of the ASC Board of Governors, he is also the chair of the ASC Photo Gallery committee.
Michael Grady interviewed by Lawrence Sher, ASC
Cinematographer Michael Grady details his camerawork on the AppleTV+ series, as interviewed by Lawrence Sher, ASC — the pair diving into a lively discussion regarding the creative approach to this character-driven story about cutthroat rivalries taking place behind the scenes on a network show, starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon.
Born in New Jersey, Lawrence Sher, ASC attended Wesleyan University, where he studied economics. During the program, he took a course in film history, which sparked his passion for cinema. After graduating, Sher relocated to Los Angeles, where he served as a camera assistant and gaffer before working his way to director of photography. His credits include Kissing Jessica Stein; Garden State; I Love You, Man; Paul; The Dictator and Godzilla: King of the Monsters. His most recent feature, Joker marked the sixth collaboration between Sher and director Todd Phillips, following The Hangover trilogy, Due Date and War Dogs. For his camerawork on Joker, Sher earned the Golden Frog at Camerimage and Academy and ASC Award nominations.
Gonzalo Amat interviewed by Jim Hemphill
Director of photography Gonzalo Amat discusses his approach to shooting the Amazon Studios series The Man in the High Castle. He has photographed episodes of the sci-fi-flavored alternate-history drama since the show made its debut in 2015. For his camerawork in The Man in the High Castle, the cinematographer earned Emmy and ASC Award nominations for the episode “Jahr Null,” and another ASC nomination for the episode “Land O’ Smiles.”
Interviewer Jim Hemphill is a longstanding contributor to American Cinematographer and has conducted numerous live discussions at the ASC Clubhouse. He is the award-winning screenwriter and director of the romantic drama The Trouble with the Truth. After receiving his BFA from Columbia College in Chicago and his graduate degree from the film school at USC, Hemphill began his career by writing and directing the micro-budget horror movie Bad Reputation. He is also a film historian whose essays have appeared in the Chicago Reader, Film Comment, Film Quarterly, Moviemaker and other outlets. He is a researcher and interviewer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Visual History Project, and has contributed audio commentaries to DVD releases of many titles. Hemphill also the author of Focal Point, a regular column on directing for Filmmaker Magazine.
Karl-Walter Lindenlaub, ASC, BVK and Roi Vissel interviewed by David E. Williams
Discussing his camerawork in the National Geographic TV science series Cosmos: Possible Worlds, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Karl-Walter Lindenlaub, ASC, BVK details his approach to a complex, global production. Lindenlaub’s extensive credits include such complex science-fiction and fantasy features as Stargate, Independence Day and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, as well as dramatic projects including Rob Roy, Red Corner, Black Book and Driven.
The cinematographer is joined for this interview by his DIT and pre-production assistant on the project, Roi Vissel, and American Cinematographer associate publisher and web manager David E. Williams.
Jeff Cronenweth, ASC interviewed by Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC
The show is loosely based on the book of the same title by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, which was designed as an alternate-reality take on childhood nostalgia. Its protagonist reflects on growing up during the 1980s in the small, country town of Mälaröarna, where work on a gigantic, underground particle accelerator nicknamed “the Loop” is responsible for littering the landscape with giant robots and rusted, decaying industrial machinery.
You’ll find our feature story on the making of Tales from the Loop here.
M. Night Shyamalan and Mike Gioulakis interviewed by Lawrence Sher, ASC
In this new Clubhouse Conversations series video, interviewer Lawrence Sher, ASC talks to executive producer-director M. Night Shyamalan and cinematographer Mike Gioulakis about their collaboration on the haunting Apple TV+ series.
In Servant, a bereaved young couple, Sean and Dorothy Turner (played by Toby Kebbell and Lauren Ambrose), hire a mysterious nanny, Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) to sit for their baby boy — which is actually a doll that has taken the place of their recently deceased son, Jericho. Suspense ensues as tensions and suspicions mount.
Shyamalan built his career as a writer-director on depicting relatable people in unsettling situations. As a student at NYU, the filmmaker made his first feature, Praying with Anger (1992). After gaining attention with his follow-up, Wide Awake, he wrote and directed the paranormal drama The Sixth Sense — which earned six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture Screenplay and Director. He followed this success with the films Unbreakable, Signs, Lady in the Water and The Village. Most recently, Shyamalan directed the features Split and Glass — sequels to Unbreakable — and two episodes of Servant.
Gioulakis earned his BFA at Florida State University and gained experience behind the cameras by shooting music videos and shorts while also working as a gaffer on feature films commercials. After moving to Los Angeles and focusing on television work for a time, he got the opportunity to shoot the feature John Dies at the End, which screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. This led to shooting the features Bad Fever, Pearlblossom Hwy and the breakthrough horror hit It Follows. This brought Gioulakis to the attention of Shyamalan, for whom he shot the suspenseful drama Split and the follow-up Glass. The cinematographer’s other credits include Lake Los Angeles, California Dreams and Under the Silver Lake, as well as director Jordan Peele’s Us.
Servant was photographed using Arri Alexa LF cameras (4.5K, open gate, ArriRaw) and Panavision Primo 70 lenses. Dailies and finishing work was done at Technicolor. Supervising digital colorist Michael Hatzer previously worked with Gioulakis on Split, Glass and Us.
Sher, Oscar and ASC Award-nominated this past year for his cinematography in Joker, has also shot the features Kissing Jessica Stein, Garden State, Paul, Due Date, War Dogs, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and the Hangover trilogy.