Winter in New York Inspires the Cinematography of 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

cinematographer Philippe Rousselot speaks to

Definition Magazine

about grounding the fantasy film in the reality of 1920s New York.


The most important thing – which [director David Yates] decided from the start, and which we took with us right through production to the final DI grade – was that whilst it’s a fantastical tale, and really quite dreamy in places, it needed to look as real and straightforward as possible. So that, when fantastic things happen, they become all the more powerful and intriguing for the audience," says Rousselot. “Keeping the desire for reality in mind, my inspiration came partly by absorbing the imagery from the huge number of vintage photographs of New York that production designer Stuart Craig and his team of set designers had assembled, as well as scrutinizing plans, models and the early set-builds. Also, I know New York myself. The light in Manhattan in the winter is very special, and I wanted to capture the sense of dark contrast there.”

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