As digital technology evolves, showbiz needs to expand its definitions. For example, are the images in “Gravity” the work of the cinematographer and production designer, or a team of computer geeks?
In separate conversations with Variety, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and production designer Andy Nicholson each said that they did traditional jobs, but with unusual methods. Alfonso Cuaron (who won the DGA Award Jan. 25) also told Variety that the team did a lot of so-called post-production work before shooting began. So the workflow is different, and so are the tools.
From the beginning, Cuaron made clear he wanted a cinematographer. My work was pretty much the same as I have done in other movies. It’s still a cinematographer’s job, but there are other tools we can incorporate; our job is expanding rather than becoming more limited.
It’s still the job of the cinematographer to design the lighting of the movie, »
- Tim Gray
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