The Cinematography Podcast Episode 62: Byron Werner
An extremely seasoned director of photography, Byron Werner began shooting anything and everything that came his way once he graduated film school. Some of his earliest low-budget film work included features produced by The Asylum (known for the Sharknado movies), such as Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill. Byron first had the opportunity to work with writer/director Todd Robinson and actor Ed Harris on the Soviet submarine drama Phantom. As the cinematographer for Robinson’s latest movie, The Last Full Measure, Byron faced several challenges. Shot on location in Thailand, the film has many practical effects shots and very little VFX. The camera crew shot from helicopters and with multiple cameras- sometimes as many as 5 or 6. The cast was incredible, with stars such as Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Christopher Plummer, and Bradley Whitford, but it was difficult to work around their limited time schedules.
The Last Full Measure starring Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Plummer, and Bradley Whitford opens wide Friday, January 24.
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Byron discusses some of the latest technology and apps he uses for lighting and shot design, many of which are sharable for the entire crew. Some of these include:
Artemis Pro (app)
Helios Pro (app)
Aputure: Aputure makes LED lighting products and accessories. The Aputure Light Storm C300d MarkII and the Light Storm LC 120d lights can be enhanced with a Fresnel 2x. You can buy Aputure products at Hot Rod Cameras.
Close Focus discussion: Social networks for filmmakers & movie industry creatives, such as Stage 32, Sharegrid, Upwork, Linkedin. Listeners: What specific social networks for film/video do you use and recommend?
Ben’s short end: The Great Courses teaches great online educational classes, including ones on film, photography, and scriptwriting. You can find many of The Great Course on Kanopy- sign up for Kanopy for free with your library card.
Illya’s short end: A friend network within your professional contacts is great to have if you are working on personal projects, especially if they are interested in your project or trying out new techniques/technology.
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Producer: Alana Kode