The No Film School Podcast

How a Cinematographer and Production Designer Collaborate to Set a Look

March 7, 2016

The collaboration between the Cinematographer and Production Designer is what gives a film its "look" (along with the director, of course). In this episode, NFS Founder Ryan Koo talks with Cinematographer Wolfgang Held (Particle Fever, Brüno, American Teen) and production designer Darcy C. Scanlin (Final Recipe, The Presence). They discuss their collaboration to build the visual language of the Sundance 2016 premiere Sophie and the Rising Sun. Directed by Maggie Greenwald (Songcatcher), Sophie and the Rising Sun takes place in small-town South Carolina in 1941 and profiles the relationship between a local woman and a Japanese-American man new to town. At we also publish a clip of the film for visual reference; the first email Wolfgang sent Darcy after his initial scouting trip; and the 1913 color photographs they reference in the conversation. No Film School's podcasts from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival are sponsored by Canon and Rode Microphones. neither hosts nor alters podcast files. All content © its respective owners.