Aaron from the Boba Fett Fan Club sent us the following information from the recent American Society of Cinematography – Coffee and Conversation event with Rogue Ones’ Greig Fraser.
Note that the quotes are paraphrased, and Aaron’s comments in brackets:
“On Star Wars, we had total control over lighting. Easy to flip around. 360-degree sets.”
“Lots of pre-viz on Star Wars. We could light in 3D.”
“A shot of Stormtroopers in the Maldives is the same as a close-up of a kid [in ‘Lion,’ his recent film out now] in India.”
“There was a helicopter above us one time with a long lens. The next day I saw it in the tabloid. That’s when I knew I needed to hunker down and focus on doing the best shots possible.” [Regarding being called to do Star Wars, specific to how not everything is an easy decision…] “On the flip side, I didn’t want to be the guy to ruin the franchise.”
“Lighting an Audi commercial informed how I lit Darth Vader.” [Unless there’s an Audi commercial WITH Darth Vader that he did that combined the two, I think he was comparing the reflectivity or something.]
[He was also raving about the ARRI Alexa 65. Not sure if that was used for the IMAX shots in Rogue One or not.]