Janusz Kaminski: Painting Tonal Separation (for Depth)

From American Cinematographer, The Last Great War by Christopher Probst (August 1998)

“Tom Sanders did a great job with the coloring and in making the buildings distressed and dark, but the one thing that really made the look of the movie was working with the standby painter, Joe Monks. When we started working in Ramelle, if we felt a building was too bright, and that bringing in flags and cutters for a simple day exterior shot would involve too much work, we’d have Joe come in and make the building darker. We’d give him a 10’ by 40’ wall and in five to 10 minutes he’d be done. That gave the sets much more depth and separation.”

-David Devlin (Gaffer for Janusz Kaminski on Saving Private Ryan)

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