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Behind the Lens by Jay Holben

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4.23Ghostly Lighting: Cinematographer Bill Roe, ASC, Discusses Lighting for The X-Files

This story originally appeared in the March 2000 issue of American Cinematographer magazine as part of a series spotlighting television cinematographers and lighting breakdowns from specific scenes in their shows. I include it here as cinematographer Bill Roe, ASC, utilized several of the techniques I discuss in this book and incorporated them together.

For this scene, aired in the second part of a two-part episode, FBI agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) believe they’ve found out more information on Mulder’s long-lost sister, Samantha. “This particular plotline is deeply rooted in X-Files lore,” says Bill Roe, cinematographer on the ...

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