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Unit photography by Brownie Harris, Steve Dietl and Kent Smith, courtesy of History. Additional behind-the-scenes photos by Armando Salas.
technical advisor Mitch Hall, a former
Navy SEAL, had also worked on. "The
difference between what Navy SEALs
can see on the battlefield versus what
their enemies see was shown off really
well in Zero Dark Thirty, and I tried to
explore that as much as I could on a TV
schedule," Klein says. "Along with the
camera movement, I was giving different looks to the different locations and
settings. I'd say I was using Zero Dark
Thirty as a battlefield look-book and
Conrad L. Hall, ASC's work in
American Beauty as the home-life reference, but the camerawork was reversed
Klein was initially approached
about shooting the entire eight-episode
first season, but declined, knowing that
he would be starting another season of
Homeland immediately after Six.
Instead, he opted to shoot four episodes,
which turned into three due to an actoravailability issue. Klein photographed
episodes one, two and six, while the rest
were shot by Armando Salas.
After the Broyles interviewed
Salas and gave him the seal of approval,
he met with Klein to ensure a smooth
hand-off. "Lesli had built a show bible,
and [the Broyles and co-showrunner
Alfredo Barrios Jr.] wanted me to build
and expand upon it visually, while still
living in the world they had created,"
Salas recalls. "I took over on episode
three, which was directed by Kimberly
Peirce. The mandate from above was to
create a look unlike any TV series before
it. No pressure! But they actually meant
it, and were both encouraging and
supportive. We went really gritty and
edgy, telling the backstory of one of the
main characters in a series of flashbacks
showing his marriage and professional
career falling apart. Whenever I thought
I might have taken the image too far,
we'd get notes from the producers,
studio and network saying that they
loved what they were seeing." It was
announced in February that Six has
been renewed for a second season.
One key to creating the production's unique look was the LiveGrain
process developed by Suny Behar, with
Opposite and this page, top: The men of SEAL Team Six, the U.S. Navy's elite counterterrorism
unit, face challenges professionally and personally in the military-combat series Six.
Middle: Cinematographer David Klein, ASC lines up a shot. Bottom: Cinematographer
Armando Salas on set.