Monday, October 31, 2016

Cinematographer Calls Han Solo Film 'Complex' and 'Unexpected'

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By: Dominic Jones

The upcoming young Han Solo A Star Wars Story film has been grabbing headlines lately with exciting announcements about the cast.  While some fans remain apprehensive about having a new young Han Solo film, the film's cinematographer has some reassuring words.  Bradford Young, whose previous credits in Selma and A Most Violent Year, spoke with Collider recently about the film.

Young spoke about working with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller,
"It’s funny, here’s the thing about Phil Lord and Chris Miller: don’t let their track record fool you. Don’t put those guys in a box because they have a vision, they know exactly what they want. They have no hidden agenda, but they do have an agenda; they have a way of seeing that’s very special, and their collaboration is genuinely unique. So I have to say I had to get converted into that. I respect their work, I respect them as filmmakers, but I wasn’t quite sure if there would be a good marriage between what I’m trying to pursue and the work that I’m doing and what they’re doing, but they helped make that real clear to me early on by expressing some real interesting story [and] photographic ideas that really resonated with me."

He also described the film, saying,
"They are prepared to say exactly what they wanna say and it’s complex, it’s layered, it’s smart, it’s visual, it’s dramatic, it’s funny, it’s uneasy, it’s unexpected. These cats are—I’m honored to have them in the list of directors I’ve worked with, that’s for sure."

Young also addressed the relationship between the filmmakers and Lucasfilm, saying,
"Phil and Chris are there to bring what they bring to their films, their very unique vision, their perspective on story and they asked me to come bring what I bring, and so just for that it won’t feel like any of the other films. And nobody at Lucasfilm is asking us to betray that, they’re saying ‘We’re in full support of what you do and we wanna make sure that we’re able to help you do it in the best way.’ It’s gonna feel like a Star Wars film, but we’re definitely gonna break some rules, and we’re encouraged to do that. Visually, narratively that’s a good mandate."

As one of the fans who was apprehensive about the idea of a Han Solo film, I really appreciate what Young is saying.  I've always been on board with Lord and Miller as directors and the casting of Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover has gone along way to reassure me about the film.  I'm glad to hear that Lucasfilm is not forcing the filmmakers to adapt to a certain style.  I was concerned that might happen after some of the rumors about Rogue One, but it sounds like Lucasfilm wants to let the filmmakers they hire make the films they want.

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