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High Definition Cinematography, 3rd Edition by Paul Wheeler

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CHAPTER 29

King Lear

29.1 The Project

When I was asked if I would like to come on board as Director of Photography (DP) for King Lear, the answer was, of course, “yes”. I had worked on two previous productions with the same Producers, Richard Price and Chris Hunt of The Performance Company, and with the same directors Trevor Nunn and, again, Chris Hunt. The earlier productions were Oklahoma! and The Merchant of Venice, and I had enjoyed them both tremendously. We had shot Oklahoma! on 35 mm film and The Merchant of Venice on Digi Beta, but right from its initial conception King Lear was destined for High Definition (HD), which was very much to my taste.

The idea was to take the stage production, which had toured the world, and add a considerable ...

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