Learn from cinematographer Phedon Papamichael on how he and director James Mangold made Ford v. Ferrari a movie that’s more than just (well-shot) race car scenes.
There’s nothing more exciting than a car hitting 200mph and streaking around the corners of a race track. Man was not meant to go that fast, so they designed a car. And then we got lucky and the Lumiere brothers made cameras we could strap to those cars.
And so, race car movies were born. The latest entry in that genre, Ford V. Ferrari, is filled compelling emotional stakes, snappy dialogue, and impressive car racing scenes. It’s a movie that defines an era of American expansion against a tumultuous homeland — and it does so with kinetic and arresting visuals. The film’s director, James Mangold, turned to legendary cinematographer Phedon Papamichael to help capture all this on-screen. The DP recently sat down with Variety to reveal the secrets behind making one of this year’s biggest awards contenders.
Source: No Film School