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Inside the Cinematography of ‘Blackhat’

ICG Magazine delves into the cinematography of Blackhat, the globetrotting cyberhack thriller which director Michael Mann wanted to film without the use of establishing shots.

“Our first discussions were about a way for the audience to recognize what country they were in using a specific color palette for the architecture and light sources,” says production designer Guy H. Dyas.

“Hong Kong would be depicted with red and yellow neon in the old town and cool cyan blues and orange sodium in the business district,” cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh adds. “Jakarta was rich purples and solid greens. In fact, one characteristic of Jakarta is the way colors cluster together. Red wall with red motorbike and man in red shirt; green-painted food cart pushed by a man in a green shirt passing an apple-green car under a green tree.”

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