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entirely handheld. “We didn’t want to be tethered to an external recorder,” says Bukowski. “With Oren, I need to light for 360degree shooting, and never does a mark go down on the ground. The entire set is free game, so if we’re on the first floor of a house, that entire first floor is the set, and the actors can roam wherever they want. We approach every scene by talking about the narrative objective of the scene first, and my operating is informed by that: how do I bring the most important narrative elements out in the scene?” Bukowski’s flexibility was enhanced by the EasyRig camera-support system, a weight-distributing vest that suspends the camera from an arm that curves over the operator’s head. A flexible cable allows the camera to be quickly positioned at different levels. “I can choose to have the camera at waist height, and then, if I want to boom up, I simply push it back up and the cable retracts with it,” says the cinematographer. “It’s infinitely easier than bending down to get a low angle and then quickly standing up to accommodate a higher angle.” Lenses were just one visual strategy the filmmakers employed to trace Brown’s moral descent. During prep, Moverman described Brown as “a character who is a dinosaur, part of a world he can no longer exist in,” recalls Bukowski. To that end, “throughout the film he gradually disappears until he literally fades away.” This idea informed the work of all the creative departments, but most especially the way the character was photographed. “As the story goes on, we shoot him less directly — we put him behind glass to partially obscure him, or we shoot him as a reflection to suggest that he’s more spectral than substantive.” This also meant emphasizing the intensity of Los Angeles’ sunlight, which serves “as a very corrosive element, almost assaulting the protagonist,” Bukowski explains. “We decided to introduce lens flares, because the flare hits the glass and corrodes the
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The HD frame grabs on this page and the facing page illustrate in part how the filmmakers’ presentation of Brown evolves from clarity and strength to increasing obscurity. Top to bottom: the opening shot; Brown meets with an Internal Affairs officer (Ice Cube); Brown’s early meeting with a supervisor; his later meeting with the same person.

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American Cinematographer - February 2012
Contents
Editor’s Note
President’s Desk
Short Takes: NASA time-lapse footage of Earth
Production Slate: Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseAct of Valor
Saving the Whales
High Stakes
A Very Bad Cop
Cinema, Italian Style
Filmmakers’ Forum: Hiro Narita, ASC
New Products & Services
International Marketplace
Classified Ads
Ad Index
Clubhouse News
ASC Close-Up: Roberto Schaefer
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American Cinematographer - February 2012 - Cover2
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American Cinematographer - February 2012 - Contents
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American Cinematographer - February 2012 - Editor’s Note
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American Cinematographer - February 2012 - President’s Desk
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American Cinematographer - February 2012 - Short Takes: NASA time-lapse footage of Earth
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American Cinematographer - February 2012 - Production Slate: Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseAct of Valor
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American Cinematographer - February 2012 - Saving the Whales
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American Cinematographer - February 2012 - Filmmakers’ Forum: Hiro Narita, ASC
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American Cinematographer - February 2012 - Clubhouse News
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