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Unit photography by Stéphanie Branchu, Pablo Larraín and Bruno Calvo, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

J

ackie is a moving, poetic film that
follows Jacqueline Kennedy
(played by Natalie Portman)
through the four days following the
assassination of her husband,
President John F. Kennedy, in 1963.
The film combines such iconic
historic images as Vice President
Lyndon Johnson's swearing-in on Air
Force One and the funeral procession
in Washington, D.C., with scenes that
imagine Ms. Kennedy's private
moments in the White House residence as she struggles with her grief
and courageously assumes her role as
First Widow to lead a mourning
nation.
Jackie is masterfully directed by
Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín, and
its evocative images come courtesy of
French cinematographer Stéphane
Fontaine, AFC. The film also benefits
from the historically faithful production design of Jean Rabasse and the
lyrical editing of Sebastián Sepúlveda.
Jackie was shot primarily on
Super 16mm with an Arriflex 416
camera and Kodak Vision3 500T
7219 and 200T 7213 stock. Most of
the production took place on sound
stages at the Cité du Cinéma in Paris,
with the camera provided by
Panavision France and lights by
Transpalux. Postproduction, for both
picture and sound, was performed at
Technicolor Paris. Exteriors were shot
in the Washington, D.C., area, and an
interview with a journalist (played by
Billy Crudup) was shot in a mansion
in Maryland. Black-and-white
footage simulating Jackie's television
tour of the White House was captured
with a vintage Ikegami three-tube
video camera.
The negative was processed at
Digimage Le Lab in Paris, and
scanned at Technicolor Paris in 2K.
Technicolor provided dailies and
Raphaël Alvarez was the dailies
colorist. The final grade was
completed at Technicolor Paris by
Isabelle Julien, who graded the footage
at 2K on Autodesk Lustre for a 2K
DCP final deliverable.

Opposite and this
page, top: First lady
Jacqueline Kennedy
(Natalie Portman)
navigates the days
immediately following
the assassination of
her husband,
President John F.
Kennedy (Caspar
Phillipson), in director
Pablo Larraín's feature
Jackie. Bottom:
Cinematographer
Stéphane Fontaine,
AFC (right) lines up
the Arriflex 416
camera. Eric Swanek
- 1st AC for the
Washington, D.C.,
unit - assists.

AC spoke with both the cinematographer and director.
Cinematographer Stéphane
Fontaine, AFC
Fontaine is a leading French cinematographer, whose credits include
three features with director Jacques
Audiard. Most recently, he shot Matt
Ross' Captain Fantastic and Paul
Verhoeven's Elle.
American
Cinematographer:
How much prep time did you have for
Jackie?
Stéphane Fontaine, AFC: We
had 21⁄2 months to design and build the
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second floor of the White House -
that set was 53 meters long, and an
accurate replica. Jean Rabasse was the
production designer. We also built the
Oval Office, the East Room for a
concert by Pablo Casals, parts of
Bethesda Hospital where President
Kennedy was autopsied, and the interior
of Air Force One.
How did you decide upon Super
16 as the format?
Fontaine: That was Pablo
Larraín's choice, after shooting tests. We
knew we were going to have a lot of
archival footage from very different
sources: 16mm reversal, 35mm negative
and the CBS White House tour hosted
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