Advertising, stints on Ridley Scott films led to DP chair on ‘Morgan,’ ‘Taboo’
Patten comes out of advertising so it seems fitting that his segue into long-form filmmaking was via another celebrated commercial-maker, namely Ridley Scott. Having directed the viral campaign spots for “Prometheus” and “The Counselor,” Patten moved into the DP chair on another Scott Free production, the upcoming “Morgan,” and was then tapped to direct the first block of the Tom Hardy-powered “Taboo,” a period piece that seems part “Count of Monte Cristo,” part “‘Great Expectations,” part “Barry Lyndon” – the lighting, at least. “When you look at a Caravaggio, or a Goya, all the light comes from a single source of light, and that was a starting point for us,” Patten says of the series’ inky, moody palette. “We wanted to emulate that period where there was no gas or electricity, trying to use natural sources as much as possible. I’d love to say it was done by candle light, which is obviously technically very difficult to do, but that was the goal, to be as naturalistic as possible.” Patten has been going nine straight months on “Taboo.” Both “Morgan’ and “Blood Orange,” which stars Iggy Pop, are nearing release. “It’s a bit mad,” says Patten.
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Highlights: Viral campaigns for “The Counselor,” “Prometheus”
— John Anderson