John Ealer’s AMC miniseries The American West uses a hybrid of scripted scenes and documentary techniques to tell the story of post-Civil War America and the Western frontier.
To shoot it, cinematographer Kevin M. Graves chose the ARRI Amira. ““These shows have one foot in the documentary world and one foot in the scripted space,” he told American Cinematographer. “The Amira seemed to balance those needs perfectly.”
““In preproduction,” he continues, “I spent many hours working in the Amira Color Tool [which has since been renamed the Arri Color Tool]. The power and simplicity of the application made it possible to test dozens of looks on a laptop before presenting them to John for discussion. After we found what fit the feel of our show, an .aml file was created for the A and B cameras, and a copy was also given to Johnny Saint Ours, our second-unit director-cinematographer.”
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