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How I Shot That: Using a Wide Angle Lens on the Sundance Satire 'Dear White People'

23 January 2014 11:08 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cinematographer Topher Osborn told Indiewire about shooting "Dear White People," writer-director Justin Simien's satire about four black students at an Ivy League school where a riot breaks out following an "African American" party held by white students. The film, which was Indiewire and Tribeca's first-ever Project of the Year, played in the Dramatic Competition of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Osborn's previous credits include the documentary "African Election" and the short film "Little Canyon", which played at Sundance in 2011 and 2009, respectively. Which camera and lens did you use? [Red] Epic X, Cooke 18 - 100, Cooke S4 set.What was the most difficult shot on your movie, and how did you pull it off? Justin Simien loves the wide angle lens. I find myself drawn to medium lenses, the 32mm is my favorite focal length. So he would really push me to go wider and wider. This had me thinking differently about compositions »

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