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'Victoria' DP John Lee on Finding the Royal Biopic's Look

"It's all a collaboration and everyone tries to get the mood of it from the script all the way to the final edit." 1/06/2017 11:15 AM Eastern
Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria. Photo courtesy of ITV Plc.

Victoria cinematographer John Lee speaks to Definition Magazine about shooting the biopic centering on England's famed queen.

“Really the shot selection decisions are made in the edit suite with the three directors we have over the episode blocks," he explains. "We tried to develop the style as we went along. At the start of the series Victoria is almost imprisoned in Kensington Palace and we tried to incorporate that in the framing to keep a sort of stillness and composition that added to that. Then as she finds her freedom we tried to allow the camera to gain its freedom. It was subtle and you shoot to cover it, you shoot the scene in a way that you feel works and then they sit down and decide how they want the style to progress, they make a lot of those decisions later on – it’s all a collaboration and everyone tries to get the mood of it from the script all the way to the final edit."

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