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DP Mihai Malaimare Jr. on Capturing the Dark Comedy of ‘Jojo Rabbit’ in Living Color (Studio Daily)

(From L-R): Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davis and Taika Waititi in the film ‘Jojo Rabbit.’ Photo by Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

Jojo Rabbit is director Taika Waititi’s satirical send-up and equally sober analysis of Nazi fanaticism told through the whimsical musings of an aspiring Hitler Youth. With Waititi in the scene-stealing role of Adolf, 10-year-old protagonist Jojo Beltzer’s imaginary friend, the film is loosely based on the young adult novel Caging Skies, about a Jewish girl hidden by a German family during World War II. It features Roman Griffin Davis, in his screen debut, Scarlett Johansson, and an entourage of Nazi nitwits played with darkly comic precision by Sam Rockwell, Stephen Merchant and Rebel Wilson.” – Source: Studio Daily

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The Jojo Rabbit cinematographer talks shifting the palette from vibrant to muted to mimic the tone of the narrative, shooting in extreme low-light with the ARRI Alexa SXT, and what having weekly screenings of projected dailies with the rest of the crew brought to the table.

Writer/Director Taika Waititi on the set of ‘Jojo Rabbit.’ Photo by Kimberley French/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

More on the cinematography of JoJo Rabbit:

Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr. On His “Classical” Cinematic Approach To The Tonally Complex ‘Jojo Rabbit’ (Deadline)

American Cinematographer Podcast: Jojo Rabbit / Mihai Mălaimare Jr., Episode #102

Cinematographer Mihai Mălaimare Jr. on Making Taika Waititi’s Anti-Hate Satire, Jojo Rabbit from American Cinematographer on Vimeo.