Browse Articles by Daniel Eagan

Black Bird DP Natalie Kingston on Finding Both the Visual Tone of the Show and Empathy for a Serial Killer

September 2022
<i>Black Bird</i> DP Natalie Kingston on Finding Both the Visual Tone of the Show and Empathy for a Serial Killer

Based on actual events, the Apple TV+ series Black Bird is a cut above standard true-crime fare, elevated by showrunner Dennis Lehane and exceptional performances from Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser. Egerton stars as Jimmy Keene, a small-time hood who is facing a 10-year prison stretch when the feds (Greg Kinnear and Sepideh Moafi)... »

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Ms. Marvel and The Old Man DP Jules O’Loughlin on His Preferred Lenses and Putting the Audience Into the Shoes of the Characters

July 2022
<i>Ms. Marvel</i> and <i>The Old Man</i> DP Jules O’Loughlin on His Preferred Lenses and Putting the Audience Into the Shoes of the Characters

Few cinematographers are lucky enough to work on one hit series, let alone two. Jules O’Loughlin, ASC pulled that off despite several disruptions, including COVID. In the Disney+ superhero series Ms. Marvel, Jersey City native Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) discovers an ancient bangle that not only gives her superpowers but opens a portal to... »

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Mayor of Kingstown Production Designer John Willett on Shooting in a Prison During a Pandemic & Designing Depressing Sets

July 2022
<i>Mayor of Kingstown</i> Production Designer John Willett on Shooting in a Prison During a Pandemic & Designing Depressing Sets

The fading town of Kingstown, Michigan is a town that’s supported by prisons — seven of them in all, housing 20,000 people, within a 10-mile radius. The prisons, and the economic infrastructure that supports them, have replaced former factories and warehouses. Prison isn’t just a way of life to these people, it’s their entire... »

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Reacher Supervising Stunt Coordinator Buster Reeves on How to Stage a Knife Fight on a Fire Escape, Plus That Epic Prison Brawl

June 2022
<i>Reacher</i> Supervising Stunt Coordinator Buster Reeves on How to Stage a Knife Fight on a Fire Escape, Plus That Epic Prison Brawl

Bestselling author Lee Child has written more than 20 books about Jack Reacher, a former Army MP who is a magnet for trouble, and the character has built an enormous following. In fact, two Reacher novels were previously adapted into Tom Cruise vehicles. Fans who have been begging for a more physically accurate version... »

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Heartstopper DP Diana Olifrova on Split Screens, Shooting Intimate Scenes, and Her Camera & Lighting Package

June 2022
<i>Heartstopper</i> DP Diana Olifrova on Split Screens, Shooting Intimate Scenes, and Her Camera & Lighting Package

The new Netflix series Heartstopper has been a big hit for the streaming service, garnering praise for its positive depiction of LGBTQ teens. Based on Alice Oseman‘s graphic novel, the series charts the unlikely romance between Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Connor), classmates at an upscale British grammar school. The duo has been... »

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Candy DP Simon Dennis on Why He Used Three Cameras and Focused on Framing Rather Than Movement

June 2022
<i>Candy</i> DP Simon Dennis on Why He Used Three Cameras and Focused on Framing Rather Than Movement

Hulu’s new true-crime series Candy stars Jessica Biel as Candy Montgomery, a church-going mother of two who is accused of murdering her friend, Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey), with an axe. Set in Wylie, Texas, in the 1980s, the series finds Candy — clad in bell bottoms, oversized glasses, and a perm — shuttling in her trusty station... »

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Station Eleven Director Jeremy Podeswa on Trusting His Actors, Staging Hamlet in an Airport, and Finding the Perfect Fork in the Road

May 2022
<i>Station Eleven</i> Director Jeremy Podeswa on Trusting His Actors, Staging <i>Hamlet</i> in an Airport, and Finding the Perfect Fork in the Road

Emily St. John Mandel‘s award-winning 2014 novel Station Eleven describes the aftermath of a pandemic that kills 90 percent of the global population. Combining elements of mystery and science fiction, the book built a dedicated fan base en route to selling over a million copies. When novelist Patrick Somerville adapted Station Eleven into a 10-part miniseries, the story’s... »

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Everything Everywhere All at Once Sound Team Talks Track Counts, Son Lux, and the Hot Dog World

May 2022
<i>Everything Everywhere All at Once</i> Sound Team Talks Track Counts, Son Lux, and the Hot Dog World

A24’s indie breakout Everything Everywhere All at Once tackles the multiverse on its own terms and in this timeline, it has become a bonafide box office hit, as it’s on the verge of becoming the studio’s highest-grossing domestic release. Directed by the Daniels (Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert), the movie stars Michelle Yeoh in a powerhouse... »

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Slow Horses DP Danny Cohen on Using the Camera to Create Suspense and That Opening Airport Sequence

May 2022
<i>Slow Horses</i> DP Danny Cohen on Using the Camera to Create Suspense and That Opening Airport Sequence

For British spies, Slough House is the end of the line. A home for misfits and losers, its grimy offices are a world away from MI5’s high-tech headquarters. Slough House is ruled by the dissolute Jackson Lamb (Gary Oldman), a sort of Smiley gone to seed. Based on a series of novels by Mick... »

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Pachinko DP Florian Hoffmeister on Working With Kogonada and the Subtlety Behind Shooting Dialogue-Driven Scenes

May 2022
<i>Pachinko</i> DP Florian Hoffmeister on Working With Kogonada and the Subtlety Behind Shooting Dialogue-Driven Scenes

Based on Min Jin Lee‘s epic bestselling novel, the new Apple TV+ series Pachinko follows an immigrant Korean family through several generations of hardship and tragedy. In an unusual strategy, the eight episodes of Season 1 were split between two indie directors — Kogonada (1, 2, 3, 7) and Justin Chon (4, 5, 6, 8).... »

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