The celebrated DP takes us deep behind the scenes of Scorsese’s mob epic.
Truly old-school auteurs weren’t huge fans of a moving camera. They might glue their camera still for no better reason than a novice might throw theirs out a window. Martin Scorsese never neglected the vocabulary movement granted him. As more tools presented themselves, he tried them, but always made sure they spoke.
For The Irishman, Netflix financing afforded Scorsese new tools like the “Three-Headed Monster”, the three-in-one-camera rig that allowed him to digitally “de-age” his old collaborators Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and, for the first time, Al Pacino, in a century-plus account of the murder of Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa.
This Frankenstein system consisted of two “witness cameras” that captured an Infrared map of the actors’ faces for the VFX team rigged to a third primary capture camera.
Source: No Film School