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Riches Anthony Dod Mantle, BSC, DFF uses 35mm and 2K digital capture to render the chaos and color of India for Slumdog Millionaire. by Stephanie Argy Unit photography by Ishika Mohan hen cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, BSC, DFF was a very young man, he took a yearlong journey through India. His grandparents had owned a tea plantation in Assam, India, and he felt drawn to the country that was such a part of his family history. While taking photographs on his visit, he realized he had discovered the creative path he wanted to follow. “India was absolutely the catalyst for me to find out what I wanted to do in my life, Rags to W 44 December 2008 and I adore it for that,” he says. “It was what started me off.” Last year, he returned to India, this time with director Danny Boyle, to shoot Slumdog Millionaire, a feature that showcases the kind of technical innovation that has defined much of his work with Boyle. In this case, a tiny 2K digitalcinema camera from Silicon Imaging, the SI-2K Mini, enabled them to devise a unique visual style that perfectly suited the story. “Because Anthony and I focus on emerging technology, [every collaboration] feels like an adventure,” notes Boyle. “It’s easy to quality-control something people have been using for years, but you need a great cameraman to quality-control the unknown.” Adapted from the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup, Slumdog Millionaire follows an Indian youth, Jamal Malik, who rises from poverty to achieve national fame on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Jamal’s appearance on

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