Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC and American Cinematographer contributor Jim Hemphill. The two spoke about McGarvey’s latest film, the thriller Nocturnal Animals. The movie, written and directed by Tom Ford, features Amy Adams as a successful Los Angeles art-gallery owner whose idyllic life is disrupted by the constant traveling of her handsome second husband (Armie Hammer). While he is away, she is shaken by the arrival of a manuscript written by her first husband (Jake Gyllenhaal), who she has not seen in years. The manuscript tells the story of a teacher who finds a trip with his family turning into a nightmare. As Susan reads the novel, it forces her to examine her past and confront some dark truths. Click here for more information.
In these videos, exclusive to Friends of the ASC, McGarvey speaks about the unusual structure of the film, which allowed him to create three looks: one for the present-day story of Amy Adams’ character; one for the story-within-a-story represented by her ex-husband’s novel; and one for a flashback narrative detailing Adams’ past life with Gyllenhaal. McGarvey’s approach was to find distinctive looks for each section while building in color and design motifs that would repeat and resonate across storylines.