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Being reunited with director Robert Zemeckis on "Flight" was just like old times for cinematographer Don Burgess. The last time they worked together was on "The Polar Express" in 2004, Bob Z's first foray into performance capture. But in terms of live action, you have to go back to "Cast Away" in 2000. So a lot has changed in the "digital stew," as Zemeckis likes to refer to virtual production. Still, after lensing all of his live action movies since "Forrest Gump," the two have established a visual rapport built around the old Truffaut maxim about movies being part truth and part spectacle. "The starting point is that it's a movie about truth and honesty," Burgess confirms. And so that's the driving force behind the lighting and the clarity of the lenses. I didn't want any of the lighting to feel too theatrical. I wanted it to be as real as possible »


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