The Cinematography of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty

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On the latest Go Creative Show Podcast, HBO’s Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynastycinematographers Todd Banhazl and Mihai Malaimare Jr. discuss how they mixed multiple camera types and formats to perfectly capture the 1970s and ’80s iconic looks.

Winning Time features a very unique look that and part of that is because they shot on 35mm film, 8mm film, and with old Ikegami tube cameras that were actually used to shoot some of the actual content in the ’70s and early ’80s.

Todd, Mihai, and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss why they loved filming on the Ikegami camera, post-processing techniques to help age the look, creating a visual rule book, and how hard light affects character development.

You can listen to the full podcast above.

You can also watch a video of the same podcast above.

Topics Covered

  • Why WINNING TIME was shot multi-format (01:34)
  • The 1980s visual look with the Ikegami camera (04:35)
  • Techniques to help age the footage even more in post (11:55)
  • Why having a visual rule book was so crucial (15:29)
  • “Aggressive” cinematography style approach (21:55)
  • Building light structures in ceilings (25:34)
  • Referencing 1980s advertising (29:50)
  • How hard light affects character development (34:07)
  • Approach to night exteriors (41:25)
  • Techniques for filming authentic basketball games (44:28)
  • Lighting the White Party scene (52:57)
  • Shooting the Lodge scene (56:35)

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