DP Rodrigo Prieto to Discuss Argo at Cinegear Panel

On Saturday, June 2, 2012, Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC will appear in person in a one-on-one conversation with writer David Heuring. The Kodak-sponsored event is part of Cinegear Expo on the Paramount lot in Hollywood, and participation is free to Cinegear attendees.

Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC

Prieto earned an Oscar nomination for his photography of Brokeback Mountain, and his other credits include Babel, Biutiful, Amores Perros, Frida, Water for Elephants, Alexander, 21 Grams, and Lust, Caution. Prieto has collaborated with some of the most talented and innovative directors of our time, including Alejandro González Iñárritu, Pedro Almodóvar, Oliver Stone, Ang Lee, and Cameron Crowe.

The conversation at Cinegear will center on the forthcoming feature film Argo, which was directed by Ben Affleck. The film tells the amazing true story of the bold escape from Teheran of six Americans at the height of the Iranian revolution. Coached by the CIA, the group posed as filmmakers in a dangerous but ultimately successful scheme. Argo was the name of the script that the CIA actually bought as part of the cover story.

Prieto will explain his reasons for shooting the film using a range of formats to delineate different aspects of the story, including 35 mm anamorphic and 2-perf Super 35. Prieto says he shot in anamorphic 35 mm format using Hawk lenses for images depicting the world of the CIA and Washington, DC. For scenes that unfold in Hollywood, he recreated a reversal film look. EFilm emulated the contrast and color characteristics of tests Prieto made with actual reversal film, and here the images employ filmmaking techniques common at the time – circa 1980. For scenes that take place in Turkey, he used a digital format, and for scenes in Iran, he shot 2-perf 35 mm and pushed the stock one stop to add grain and texture.

“It’s great to have the full range of tools at our disposal,” says Prieto. “The texture and color depth of film is invaluable, and I don’t think it can be reproduced digitally.”

For more information on how to attend: www.cinegearexpo.com.

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