American Cinematographer talks to Spotlight DP Masanobu Takayanagi about his work on the critically-acclaimed film. Spotlight tells the true story of the Boston Globe reporters who worked to expose the Catholic Church's cover-up of sexually abusive priests.
"[My role] was basically to stay out of the actors’ way, to create an environment where all they were thinking about was their characters and the content of the scene," says Takayanagi. "I also wanted to avoid getting between the audience and the actors. We wanted camera moves that were subtle, not intrusive, because we wanted viewers to feel that they’re watching something real, as it really happened. Telling a true story like this one is not just about historical accuracy; it’s also about emotional accuracy."