'Jackie' DP Stéphane Fontaine Captures the First Lady on Super 16mm Film

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American Cinematographer talks to Jackie cinematographer Stéphane Fontaine about capturing the emotions and decisions of First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of her husband's assassination.

The film was mostly shot on Super 16mm film. "That was [director] Pablo Larrain’s choice, after shooting tests," Fontaine explains. "We knew we were going to have a lot of archival footage from very different sources: 16mm reversal, 35mm negative and the CBS White House Tour hosted by Jackie, shot in 2-inch black-and-white video. These very disparate sources had one thing in common: a strong texture. So it seemed natural to use 16mm, for its strong grain, and also its color palette. It was very important that the audience not notice the transition between archival footage and the images we shot."

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