On this week’s Go Creative Show, host Ben Consoli speaks to Director of Photography Salvatore Totino about his daring, immersive cinematography in the film Everest. They discuss the challenges of shooting at 10,000 feet in temperatures of -22, and how his previous films prepared him for this epic adventure. Listen in here:
Salvatore Totino has directed the photography of many iconic films: Any Given Sunday, Cinderella Man, and Frost/Nixon but it’s his latest film Everest that has challenged him the most. Salvatore shares his techniques for shooting in these environments on the Arri Alexa XT; recreating the summit of Everest; filmmaking in the freezing cold, and much more.
Topics covered include:
How Salvatore technically, physically, and mentally prepared for Everest
The challenges of shooting at 22 degrees below zero.
Shooting on Arri Alexa XT and how it held up in extreme conditions
Using Flowbank lights and Soft Suns
Why Drake’s James Turrell inspired music video for Hotline Bling is Salvatore’s favorite new video
What can we expect from Salvatore’s forthcoming film Concussion starring Will Smith. How is it inspired by The Insider,
2D vs 3D, which does Salvatore prefer and why?
How shooting music videos can often be more creative and freeing than films and commercials
How Salvatore’s first film Any Given Sunday prepared him for Everest
Working with director Oliver Stone