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I imagine that most fans of Queen are looking forward to seeing Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about the iconic rock band. It is a film that has been a long time in the making and Newton Thomas Sigel, the cinematographer for this movie, gave an interview to Collider about Bohemian Rhapsody.
Here is what Newton Thomas Sigel had to say on what we wanted Bohemian Rhapsody to visually look like and the aesthetic he was going for in this film:
“Well, Graham King and Denis O’Sullivan had been developing this film for almost 10 years, and it’s a real passion project in the true sense of the word. A lot of people talk about passion projects, but I can tell you from having lived with Graham, day in and day out, it’s actually very inspiring to see somebody that is so deeply committed to the subject matter.”
“The specific choices in terms of lighting and lenses, cameras, that kind of thing, really was left to me. But the tone of the movie that they wanted to make was very clear from the beginning. And it really was borne from a love of Queen and respect to the true story and the source material. So I did a lot of research about the band.”
“I read every book there was to read. I watched all of the footage of performances from the early days in the ’70s into their explosion around the time of Bohemian Rhapsody and A Day At the Races and all the way up to the moment of Live Aid.”
“So I watched hours and hours of performance material and interviews and source material. And my image for the film really grew out of that very organically. I started to see it clearer and clearer how it sort of expressed who they were, what they were about in the movie.”
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