American Cinematographer - April 2017 - 36
Cinematographer John Grillo builds
on a look set by Bill Pope, ASC for
the audacious, religion-themed
fantasy series Preacher.
By Mark Dillon
dapted from the late-'90s Vertigo/DC comic books by
Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, season one of the AMC
fantasy series Preacher is nearly indescribable, but here
goes. Former Texas crook Jesse Custer (Dominic
Cooper) tries turning over a new leaf as a reverend - albeit
not a very good one - in the small town of Annville. Tulip
O'Hare (Ruth Negga), his former partner in life and crime,
reappears and tries to lure him back to their criminal ways, but
he wants none of it.
Meanwhile, a half-demonic, half-angelic spirit called
Genesis has traveled across the cosmos and landed on Earth
in search of a religious host. After trying a few options, it
inhabits Custer, giving him the power to control others' will.
Angels Fiore (Tom Brooke) and DeBlanc (Anatol Yusef )
descend to retrieve the potentially devastating Genesis and do
away with the preacher.
The angels visit a version of Hell, set in the Old West,
and try to recruit a cowboy known as the Saint of Killers
(Graham McTavish), who is trapped in a perpetual rewind of
his futile attempts to save his wife and ailing daughter. The
tragedy has set him on a murderous rampage and he agrees to
hunt down Custer, who resides in a future version of the same
town. On Custer's side are Tulip and Cassidy ( Joseph
Gilgun), a migrant Irish vampire who befriends the reverend
and who, despite good intentions, can't curb his bloodsucking
Bill Pope, ASC shot the pilot and describes the series as