‘The Strain’: Translating Guillermo del Toro’s (Virulent) Visuals to TV By Creative Planet Network Author Published: June 26, 2014 Director Guillermo del Toro, with Corey Stoll, stands under a RED camera on the set of ‘The Strain.’ (From left) Sean Astin as CDC administrator Jim Kent, Mia Maestro as CDC epidemiologist Nora Martinez, Cory Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather PHOTO BY MICHAEL GIBSON/FX The CDC is thrust into the escalating chaos of a viral outbreak in Manhattan that begins on an airplane. PHOTO BY MICHAEL GIBSON/FX Jonathan Hyde as Eldritch Palmer, a billionaire who’s looking for the one thing his riches cannot buy. PHOTO BY FRANK OCKENFELS/FX Corey Stoll as epidemiologist Ephraim Goodweather PHOTO BY FRANK OCKENFELS/FX Checco Varese, one of ‘The Strain’s directors of photography, says, “It was the biggest opening of a pilot I’ve ever done—and I’ve shot more than ten. It included a Boeing 767, hundreds of extras and lots of vehicles. We had to light more than ten football fields of tarmac at the same time. It was great!” PHOTO BY MICHAEL GIBSON/FX SubscribeFor more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.