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#1 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 07:35 PM

Saw the trailer and just found out on IMDb that Amir Mokri was replaced by John Schwartzman halfway through shooting - anyone heard any reasons for that?
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#2 Mike Williamson

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Posted 03 November 2007 - 08:08 PM

I heard about it from a friend of mine knew one of the electrics on the set. Apparently Mokri and the director were disagreeing about how to do a lot of the shots, the director wanting steadicam where Mokri wanted to bring in a crane and so on. Mokri's feeling was that the director was used to working in TV, not features, and didn't know what was required to get the look they were going for. He was more vocal about this over the walkies than would be recommended and that's what got him replaced. Mokri is supposed to be very passionate and vocal, so it's sounds like that may have worked against him here. I was also told that they originally wanted Schwartzman to do the film, but he was initially unavailable on something else.
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#3 Max Jacoby

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Posted 04 November 2007 - 05:31 AM

Ah National Treasure 2, yet another one of those films that this world desperately needs.
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Posted 04 November 2007 - 02:56 PM

I did meet John Schwartzman on set when they were shooting around the corner from me (even got a cheesy photo to prove it) and he said he hadn't started the show. I though it might have been impolite to ask him who he'd replaced, so I didn't. I didn't know it was Mokri. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see if one can discern any differences between the two styles in the film. Both have a rather slick shooting style, so they'll probably blend well.

I've always been impressed by Amir Mokri's work, though - I think he's very underappreciated and I've kept an eye on him ever since Pacific Heights and Blue Steel (both wonderfully shot). He always delivers. But one can tell from behind the scenes footage on Lord Of War that he's got strong views about composition and stuff, which might not work for everyone.

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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 04:58 AM

That can't be London, Adam. It's sunny.

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#6 Max Jacoby

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Posted 05 November 2007 - 07:35 AM

I heard they put up 10 100Ks, but then the residents started complaining that they were getting a tan.
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 11:34 AM

So Adam is that you with your new best mate ? .
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 11:38 AM

It's always sunny in London around Adam... just not around Phil. :lol:

It will be once Phil can afford to rent those 100K Soft-Suns...
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 12:32 PM

Phil has long since given up pursuing a career which involves 100K softsuns.
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Posted 05 November 2007 - 12:56 PM

Phil . used one yesterday just for head and shoulder still shot of my daughter as back light with a bit of bounce in on the face. Really i cant see any use for those monsters .
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 02:50 AM

I was surprised that Mokri actually got credit alongside Schwartzman. Figured he'd be junked altogether, or get the "additional photography" treatment.
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