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December 9, 2019

Lawrence Sher, ASC, talks about creating the look of Joker with director Todd Phillips

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 56: Lawrence Sher, ASC

When setting out to make Joker, Lawrence Sher and director Todd Phillips decided to go for an intimate, 70’s style of movie that’s character-driven, rather than the large scale, elaborate looks typical of today’s comic book superhero/villain films. Joaquin Phoenix had some leeway to improvise and play with the character. Larry and Todd Phillips’ background of working with comedians on movies such as The Hangover made them feel comfortable with improvisation. In order to prep and create the look of Joker, Larry used a visual database called ShotDeck, which stores and sorts images to reference and share inspirations for shot ideas, focal length examples, color moods, set design, etc.

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