Twin Peaks Pilot (1990) / Ron Garcia, ASC

, Episode #60

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Ron Garcia, ASC Photo by Owen Roizman, ASC

Cinematographer Ron Garcia, ASC recalls shooting the Twin Peaks pilot for director David Lynch. He discusses why he was an unlikely choice for the project, how he coaxed the desired warm tones out of his Fuji negative, and the importance of working with a great gaffer.

Garcia was honored with the Career Achievement in Television Award from the ASC in 2017.

  • FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) arrives in Twin Peaks to investigate the death of Laura Palmer.
  • Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle), Laura’s closest friend, begins to suspect something is amiss at school.
  • Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn), one of Laura’s classmates, awaits some news.
  • Agent Cooper discovers a surprising clue.
  • FBI Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan, left) and Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean) prepare to examine Laura Palmer’s body.
About the Project

“She’s dead, wrapped in plastic.” 

With those words, one of television’s most famous murder mysteries begins to unfold. Twin Peaks was David Lynch’s first foray into television, and fans knew the director of Eraserhead and Blue Velvet would bring something unique to the small screen. Lynch recruited Ron Garcia, ASC to shoot the pilot, and Garcia received his first ASC Award nomination for his work on the project. 


Garcia on set with actress Sheryl Lee.

He collaborated with Lynch again on the feature Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and the TV series On the Air

Garcia’s credits also include the series Numb3rs, Providence and Crime Story.

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