April 1, 2012
Burbank, California – When cinematographer Dave Perkal
signed on for the new season of the highly unusual series The
Vampire Diaries, he made sure his camera package included 2575
heads from OConnor.
“Our show is a bit different from your normal television episodic,”
Perkal notes. “We opt for the more cinematic approach in our visual dialectic. We strive for big screen wide cinematic masters, the kind that evoke a gothic renaissance painterly style and juxtapose those with crushing 290mm close ups. There is no middle ground. The perspective is also very voyeuristic, moving through the foreground and creating off-axis shots to keep you wanting to see more. We move characters in and out of darkness to create mystery and suspense. What you see is as important as what you don’t see.”