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Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt on the Spontaneity of Shooting ’12 Years a Slave’

Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt talks to TIME’s Lightbox about his work lensing 12 Years a Slave.

He says, “One of the pleasures of working with [director] Steve McQueen is that there are no shot lists and there are no story boards, because what’s important is what the actors do and then finding a performance. The idea is to find the space and then to light it in such a way that the actors can go wherever they like, and then to respond to what the actors have done. Only at that point are the final frames decided upon. So it can be very spontaneous.”

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