‘Gone Girl’ Cinematographer Gives Dark Tale a High-Res Look

Gone Girl

Despite “Gone Girl’s” murder-mystery trappings, director David Fincher doesn’t like the word “thriller,” says the film’s cinematographer, Jeff Cronenweth. “He thinks it’s more of a dramatic mystery about humanity and two married people, and how that goes astray.”

To bring the dark story to life, Cronenweth shot with the Epic Dragon, an updated version of the digital Red camera he used on Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” (The duo also collaborated on “The Social Network” and “Fight Club.”)


The Dragon shoots at an impressive resolution of 6K, allowing it to capture sharper images in low light and giving filmmakers more quality control in the color-correction phase.

The story — shot on location in Cape Girardeau, Mo., standing in for the fictional town of North Carthage, a once-thriving community fallen on hard times — is based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel about a writer’s wife, played by Rosamund Pike, who goes missing and is presumed murdered, and the possible complicity of her husband, played by Ben Affleck.

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