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December 16, 2019

Phedon Papamichael, ASC talks Ford v. Ferrari, his love of racing and classic cars, working with director James Mangold

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 57: Phedon Papamichael, ASC

Phedon Papamichael and director James Mangold created an exciting, visceral experience of auto racing for Ford v. Ferrari, rather than the basic panning wide shots used in sports broadcasting or car commercials. Phedon had to shoot extremely close to the speeding cars in order to capture the effect of high velocity. He hard-mounted cameras to the vehicles and the crew built a “Frankenstein” camera chase car to follow the action around the track. Phedon did quite a bit of Previs and planning for the shoot, but he and Mangold were open to lucky accidents and kept the cameras rolling on set. Ford v. Ferrari is currently in theaters.

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