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A Scene in One Shot: Capturing the Visual Magic of ‘Cold War’

"Every scene is like a 'micro film.'"

“One of the things I love about working with [director] Pawel [Pawlikowski] is that every scene is like a ‘micro film,’” Cold War cinematographer Łukasz Żal tells Jean Oppenheimer. “He [likes to stage] scenes in single shots, rather than doing typical coverage. While shooting, we were refining all the time—framing and reframing the shots; tweaking composition and adjusting lighting; adding, subtracting and moving objects within the frame. Pawel is always trying to capture that one magical moment when all the elements will synchronize in one take. For me, this is cinema.” To read the full interview, click here.

Here’s a look at the cinematography of the film:

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“People really feel this movie,” Żal tells Brian Welk. “That’s the most beautiful thing in our job, that emotions are transferred.” To read the full interview, click here.

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