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Top: Horner and Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) discuss the strapping lad’s future as porn’s “big, bright shining star,” a dream he achieves after rechristening himself “Dirk Diggler.” Middle: Little Bill is stunned by Kurt’s insensitivity as he is publicly cuckolded by his wife (played by real-life porn star Nina Hartley) in a driveway. Bottom: Horner’s savvy financier, Floyd Gondolli (Philip Baker Hall), urges Jack to “stay one step ahead of the game” by abandoning film and shooting on videotape.

close-ups, the 75mm. We might have used a 180mm occasionally, but we’d never back up on a long lens, and we were very sparing with close-ups.” Soon after he joins Horner’s troupe, Dirk moves into the director’s Laurel Canyon house, which is also where the veteran pornographer shoots his movies. The production didn’t have a lot of money to transform a contemporary house into a 1970s-era dwelling, and Ziembicki recalls that finding this key location proved difficult. “We’d scoured the entire San Fernando Valley and were driving back, when Paul suddenly noticed one file folder that he thought looked interesting,” says Ziembicki. “I’d thought he’d already rejected [that location], but he hadn’t seen it, so we turned around and went there immediately. It was like stepping into a time warp! The owners had lived there since the ’70s and had never done much to it. They hadn’t even done much refurnishing.” Elswit studied how light played in the location and strove to mimic it as naturalistically as possible while also maintaining high-enough light levels for the slow film stocks Anderson favors. “Paul hates grain,” he notes. “He’d always ask, ‘What’s the absolute slowest stock we can use here?’”For day interiors at Horner’s, Elswit used large tungsten units through windows, and diffused or bounced light inside for balance.

Early in his career, Elswit had an experience that has informed much of his lighting ever since. He recalls, “I’d shot a scene at the police station in Venice, [Calif.,] and some time after the scene was completed, I saw some photos of the location that the production designer had taken. When I saw the shots he did with available light, I realized I’d completely overlit the set. What I’ve tried to do with locations ever since is to shoot color slides in
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available light and study the results before I bring in my lighting. What’s great about slide film is that you can’t manipulate it. I find it really helps to see what’s there and then build on that.” Things at the Horner house take on a darker cast as substance abuse starts to affect Dirk’s behavior and Horner grapples with the arrival of videotape, which sparks a seismic shift in the industry. The downward spiral starts at the 1980 New Year’s Eve party in
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Contents
Editor’s Note
President’s Desk
Short Takes: M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls”
Production Slate: Person of Interest • The Raven
Harsh Realms
Wild Passion
Tales of Ordinary Madness
Top of Their Class
Center Stage for Cinematographers
Post Focus: Technicolor Restores Wings
New Products & Services
International Marketplace
Classified Ads
Ad Index
In Memoria: Ric Waite, ASC; Herbert S. Alpert, ASC, CSC
Clubhouse News
ASC Close-Up: Darius Khondji
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