The Cinematography Podcast Episode 70: Michael Dallatorre
As an immigrant kid growing up in South Central L.A., Mike Dallatorre joined his high school’s performing arts group called Colors United. He was a featured performer in the Oscar-nominated documentary Colors Straight Up. Seeing a documentary crew in action made Mike realize that being behind the camera could be a legitimate career choice, so he started studying film at Los Angeles City College. Mike landed a job in the shipping department at Panavision, quickly moving up to prep tech where he was mentored by optical engineer Dan Sasaki. He was able to take gear out on the weekends to shoot short films and music videos such as koRn’s “Hater.” Director David Yarovesky asked Mike to DP the horror films The Hive and Brightburn. His next film, Clive Barker’s Books of Blood, directed by Brannon Braga, will air on Hulu in September.
You can stream Brightburn now on Hulu.
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Mike was recently featured in American Cinematographer’s Rising Stars of 2020.
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Close Focus: Studios pushing movie release dates forward, trying to figure out when the pandemic might end. Will some of the movies that have been pushed still feel relevant?
Ben’s short end: NAB was canceled this year, but all the new gear releases are still coming out and being announced online.
Illya’s short end: Amazon will feature a SXSW 2020 film collection. Launch date TBD.
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