You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Cinematographer’s Journal

Emmanuel Lubezki on 'Sleepy Hollow'

“To get the effect we needed to achieve, we used a lot of stuff that I had never used, or used to such a degree before. We had smoke all the time and soft lighting. First of all, Tim Burton is a great director and one who is involved in all of the photographic decisions with me and with the production designer in the look of the film. To prepare, he had me see a bunch of Hammer horror pictures as well as these Mexican horror wrestling pictures from the 1950s and ’60s.

“He’s an incredible author — Tim Burton. We prepared for many months and shot most of it in an English warehouse studio. Then we built Sleepy Hollow outside. One of the big challenges was to get a consistent look between the warehouse and outside. Some elements gave us this homogenic look, mostly smoke — we used a lot of smoke. We used lighting effects to increase the dynamic energy of the Headless Horseman.

“Every little decision adds and adds. We used only a wide-angle lens and increased the contrast of the film stock in postproduction. All of these little decisions combined to make the style. We walked a thin line between making it believable and making it fantastic. Then, there are things you just can’t get without those actors. Johnny [Depp] and Christina [Ricci] created this world, too, with Tim.”

— Emmanuel Lubezki, cinematographer, “Sleepy Hollow.” Films include “Meet Joe Black,” “Great Expectations” (1997), “The Bird Cage,” “A Little Princess” and “A Walk in the Clouds.”

More Film

  • 'Us' Box Office: Jordan Peele Movie

    Box Office: Can Jordan Peele's 'Us' Dethrone 'Captain Marvel'?

    Will lightning strike twice for Jordan Peele? That’s the big question this weekend as “Us,” the horror maven’s latest undertaking that puts the spotlight on not one, but two Lupita Nyong’os, arrives on the big screen. After Peele’s Oscar-winning directorial debut “Get Out” captured the zeitgeist and became a box office smash, audiences have been [...]

  • John David Washington Christopher Nolan

    John David Washington to Star in Christopher Nolan's Next Film (EXCLUSIVE)

    Christopher Nolan has tapped “BlacKkKlansman’s” John David Washington to star in his next “event film,” sources tell Variety. Nolan recently finished the script for the movie and Warner Bros. quickly dated it for July 17, 2020 — a slot the studio often reserves for the director, most recently with “Dunkirk.” The gig has become one [...]

  • Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer,

    Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles Join Strip Club Drama 'Hustlers'

    STXfilms has signed Cardi B, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles, and Mercedes Ruehl to join strip club drama “Hustlers,” starring Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez. The film will be directed by Lorene Scafaria (“The Meddler”). Mette Towley and Trace Lysette (“Transparent”) are also in negotiations to join the film. The project, originally set up [...]

  • Corey Stoll Brian dArcy James

    'West Side Story' Remake Adds Corey Stoll, Brian d'Arcy James as Cops

    Steven Spielberg has cast Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James as police officers in his movie adaptation of “West Side Story.” Stoll will take on the role of Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially-torn precinct. James will play Sergeant Krupke, a veteran cop whose beat includes [...]

  • Alexander Dinelaris

    'Jekyll and Hyde' Movie in the Works Based on Broadway Musical

    The Broadway musical “Jekyll and Hyde” is getting the movie treatment from Academy Award winner Alexander Dinelaris. Dinelaris, who is writing and producing the adaptation, won an Oscar for the “Birdman” script and was a co-producer on “The Revenant.” He is producing “Jekyll and Hyde” as the first project under his New York-based development company, [...]

  • Will Smith Bright - Japan premiere

    Three Six Zero Acquires Will Smith and Miguel Melendez's Westbrook Entertainment

    International entertainment and music management company Three Six Zero has acquired Westbrook Entertainment, the talent management company which represents Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Kenna and Crespo. “Bringing Miguel, his clients and his management team to Three Six Zero is an exciting next step on our journey to expand our entertainment [...]

  • Chris Cooper

    Chris Cooper Joins, Focus Features Boards Jon Stewart's Political Comedy 'Irresistible'

    Focus Features is partnering with Plan B Entertainment to produce and distribute Jon Stewart’s political comedy “Irresistible,” with Chris Cooper joining stars Steve Carell and Rose Byrne. Variety first reported in October that Stewart and Carell had boarded the project, with Stewart directing and producing with Plan B. Stewart has kept a low profile since [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content