September 16, 2016
By Interview contributed by FilmLight
You’ve done 58 movies on film. What was your first experience with DI?
A long time ago, someone at Kodak asked me what I thought about digital intermediate vs. film. Because I had already started doing transfer from film to telecine, I had some experience of the process. But the quality was not there yet though: digital cameras and colour correctors were still in their ‘infancy’.
My first experience in digital finishing was on a movie called Muhammad: The Messenger of God. In 2011 and 2012 we were doing the pre-production and production of the film, which we shot in Iran. I shot on film because in my opinion no digital camera could handle such drastic changing weather conditions. One segment though was transferred digitally, mostly for VFX purposes.