Larry Fong: Cinematography

Larry Fong
We sat down with Larry Fong to talk all about the cinematography in action and thriller features, including Kong: Skull Island, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Super 8 and Watchmen.
What inspiration from film past do you draw from specifically when you are working on new projects?

Although ideas and thoughts come to mind when first reading a script, I always want to know the director’s vision before going too far. At that point, we tend to discuss films or photography or painters that may inspire us.

What are some of the considerations you make when approaching the cinematography for action-adventures?

It’s important to know how elaborate the plan is. Is there enough time and money for the ambitions of the script? If not, I like to point this out and suggest easier options. By the time we shoot every department is usually on the same page.

Larry Fong
WATCHMAN | Credit: Warner Bros.
Of all the film projects, what would you say was the hardest moment/shot to capture?

That’s hard to say. I’m fortunate to have worked on ambitious projects with very creative directors. The Knightmare scene in Batman v Superman stands out because it starts inside a truck, then the camera follows Batman as he jumps outside, where he begins an elaborately choreographed fight. The camera continues in a large circular motion, basically 360 degrees. And it was all shot in IMAX.

You have a long-standing collaborative relationship with director Zack Snyder, but you have also worked with many other directors including J.J. Abrams, Shane Black and Louis Leterrier. How do you go about adapting your cinematography to fit their auteur vision, while still maintaining your unique style?

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