‘Marshall’: DP Newton Thomas Sigel on Lighting for Character and Shooting 80′ From the Ground

Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC, brought courtroom drama ‘Marshall’ to vivid life despite a small budget and challenging locations.

Some of the most critical moments in American history have been realized courtesy of the country’s justice system and the courtroom. Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, and the Scopes Trial were each landmark cases that dramatically shifted the tide of American life, helping lead to a national fascination with the courtroom that has extended to the cinema in the form of fictional masterpieces like To Kill A Mockingbird and A Few Good Men. On-screen, these monumental cases have drawn a great deal of attention, with movies suitably lending their focus to the dialogue. While questioning, cross-examining, and objecting remains at the forefront of the story in Marshall, DP Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC, also makes sure to bring a visual life to the courtroom drama.

“It was several stories up, almost 80 feet in the air, with huge windows, and 90% of my work was daytime.”

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‘Killing Ground’: Damien Power’s 11-Year Journey to Make Sundance’s Most Radical Horror Film

Here’s why making your genre-heavy indie in Australia might not be such a bad idea.

Killing Ground is an unorthodox movie in every sense of the word. Audiences will think they’ve found themselves in very familiar territory as the opening credits roll off the screen over a happy couple on their way to a romantic getaway in the Australian bush. If it wasn’t for the fact that the film was premiering in the Midnight Section at Sundance this year, they might even mistake it for a romantic comedy of sorts. Then again, even with the expectation that something very bad is about to happen to this seemingly idyllic couple, there’s no way you can really prepare yourself for what happens next.

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