Based on the novel by Dennis Lehane, "Live by Night" stars Ben Affleck -- who also writes, co-produces and directs -- as Joe Coughlin, a Boston police captain's son whose affair with a mobster's mistress sees him dragged inexorably into a life of crime.
Cinematographer Robert Richardson ASC chose to shoot with ALEXA 65 cameras from ARRI Rental, combining them with vintage lenses supplied by Panavision. After "Live by Night" he went on to select ALEXA 65 again for the Andy Serkis film "Breathe," on which he utilized custom-designed lenses from ARRI Rental.
Did the 65 mm format have any impact on your approach to the lighting?
Lighting was impacted, particularly from my perception that the ASA is even higher than advertised, which meant we could work with much smaller lights or no lighting at all -- beyond practicals -- in some locations. That was rare for interiors, although the large hotel sequence was not enhanced beyond changing bulbs to period bulbs. No balloons were used, or other sources, except when I was sculpting a face for a medium shot or close-up. But the wides were relatively untouched.
Has ALEXA 65 changed your perception of the possibilities offered by digital cinematography?
Yes, the ALEXA 65 has changed my perception in so many ways. This is the best camera for digital work that I have yet experienced. The color range has already improved and will continue to do so, and -- vitally -- the choice of lenses is increasing.