'La La Land' DP Linus Sandgren's Job Was to Bring Magic to the Real World

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La La Land cinematographer Linus Sandgren speaks to The Moveable Fest about how he collaborated with director Damien Chazelle to create the long takes and saturated look of the musical, which was filmed on 35mm film on location and, in many instances, during magic hour.

"It was a very collaborative process throughout and [Chazelle] draws a lot of storyboards," says Sandgren. "He had a lot of ideas, especially about the actual dance numbers, [about] how he saw how the camera moving and he also explained that he really wanted to make it a more seamless transition between the reality and the dream [scenes] in the film. He didn’t want a socially realistic film [where] you end up cutting to musical numbers, but rather not really to know when to expect the musical numbers, and I think that’s what he asked me to help him with was to bring magic into the real world. The sets that we shot at were basically all real sets, even if they were [at] studios or stages, so [it was my job] to light it or to work with the camera in those."

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