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Fact-finding in the Sunshine

John Conroy, ISC helps transport Showtime’s horror franchise Penny Dreadful to a new period and location with Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Having photographed episodes of the Showtime horror drama Penny Dreadful’s second and third seasons, John Conroy, ISC was eager to reteam with showrunner John Logan to help create its new spin-off, Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Described by Logan as a ‘spiritual descendant’ of Penny Dreadful’s original incarnation, City of Angels sought to preserve the series’ visual panache while exchanging Victorian-era London for 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension.

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Playing tricks with the mind

Cinematographer Jas Shelton achieves continuity with a twist using DXL2 for the return of Homecoming

The psychological thriller Homecoming returns for its sophomore season with fresh twists, nail-biting cliff-hangers, and more of the unnerving cinematography that characterized the critically acclaimed first run.

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Uncanny Abilities

Peter Deming, ASC helps to craft a fresh take on the X-Men franchise with The New Mutants

Over the past 20 years, the X-Men franchise has produced 12 movies that cumulatively amassed more than $6 billion in box-office revenue, along the way becoming one of the most well-known superhero sagas of all time. This year will see the release of The New Mutants, the 13th and, at least for now, final installment in the series. The New Mutants tells the story of a group of young mutants just discovering their powers as they fight to escape from a secret facility where they’re being held captive.

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Detective Story

Patrick Cady, ASC details the procedures he and his collaborators — including Light Iron Supervising Colorist Scott Klein — followed to take Bosch Season 6 from prep through post.

Inspired by Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels, the Amazon Prime Video police-procedural series Bosch premiered its sixth season on April 17. The show has also been renewed for a seventh and final season, offering one last outing for the eponymous LAPD homicide detective (played by Titus Welliver).

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Golden-Hour Sci-Fi

Jeff Cronenweth, ASC employs Panavision’s DXL2 and large-format optics, and reteams with Light Iron supervising colorist Ian Vertovec, to lend a sense of nostalgia to the twilight-lit landscapes of Tales From the Loop.

Tales From the Loop, a new eight-episode series now streaming on Amazon Prime Video, explores the goings-on in a small Ohio town situated atop a mysterious machine that has made the stuff of imagination into an everyday reality for the local residents. Based on the paintings of Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, the series was written by showrunner Nathaniel Halpern, and the pilot episode reteamed director Mark Romanek with longtime collaborator Jeff Cronenweth, ASC.

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Smart Solutions for Quibi’s Dummy

Panavision and Light Iron help DP Catherine Goldschmidt pioneer a pipeline for Dummy, a made-for-mobile production requiring both 16:9 and 9:16 framing.

Short-form streaming-video platform Quibi provides premium content specifically designed for consumption on a mobile device. This presented the production of its first scripted show, Dummy, with a unique set of creative and workflow issues.  

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A Fight to Remember

DP Jacques Jouffret and director Dave Wilson carve out an aggressive filmmaking style for a comic-book tale of an amnesiac super-soldier

In a cinematic universe expanding with superheroes, the creative challenge for filmmakers is to set newcomers apart from the crowd. The task is doubly important for Bloodshot, the first installment of a new franchise that Sony Pictures plans for characters of comic-book publisher Valiant Entertainment.

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