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DP Dean Semler on Shooting ‘Maleficent’

Director of Photography Dean Semler talks to American Cinematographer about shooting blockbuster film Maleficent on the ARRI Alexa.

“The depiction of light was exciting, the way the huge castle windows were single-light sources, how the walls receded into moody shadows, the importance of fire and candlelight, how the exterior sets could be brought to life with backlight,” Semler says. “I loved using the Alexa; it’s a great camera. I was able to slightly shift the color temperature in-camera, usually by 100 to 200 degrees — a simple and subtle but incredibly effective tool that I used a lot.”

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