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How DP Mihai Malaimare, Jr. Achieved the Vibrant Look of “Jojo Rabbit”

“We’re so used to black-and-white moving images from that era,” the cinematographer explains, saying that seeing the actual color footage made him realize that, in fact, “everything is vibrant.”

In the below video from Indy Mogul, cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. discusses his work on Taika Waititi’s WWII-set JoJo Rabbit. 

“I watched some documentaries that had a lot of color footage from WWII,” explains Malaimare about arriving at the look of the film. “As soon as I read Taika’s script, I thought that might be an interesting approach and seeing the sketches from the art department and samples from the costume department, I realized we were all going for the same idea of color saturation.

“We’re so used to black-and-white moving images from that era,” he continues, saying that seeing the actual color footage made him realize that, in fact, “everything is vibrant.”

Malaimaire shot on an ARRI Alexa SXT with anamorphic lenses to get the film’s “velvety” look.

Watch below for more on the film’s cinematography:

More on the cinematography of Jojo Rabbit:

Michael Giacchino & Mihai Malaimare on Capturing the Serious Comedy of Jojo Rabbit (Deadline)

How Jojo Rabbit DP Minhai Malaimaire Uses Color to Create Perspective (No Film School)

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