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Xavier Grobet

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Watchmen Cinematography (with Xavier Grobet ASC) GCS230

Go Creative Show

Discover the challenges of filming a comic series based in a dramatic reality with HBO's Watchmen cinematographer, Xavier Grobet ASC. Xavier and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss overcoming the visual challenges of Watchmen, the difficulties of lighting and filming masked characters, the unique camera rig used for Looking Glass' reflective shield, advice for new cinematographers, and more! Subscribe Now! What you will learn in this episode Visual challenges of shooting a comic series based in reality (02:30) Xavier’s prep process for Watchmen (16:16) Shooting on the Alexa Mini with various lenses (23:52) Discussing Watchmen's various looks (25:27) Approach to lighting for Watchmen (29:38) Challenges of filming masked characters (31:42) The camera rig used for Looking Glass’ mask (36:13) Collaborating with the VFX team (39:08) Xavier’s approach to blocking scenes (42:24) Beginning a film career in Mexico (46:51) Advice for new cinematographers (48:18) And more! Go Creative Show is supported by: MZed - Education for Creatives PostLab - Stress-free collaboration for Final Cut Pro X   Subscribe + Follow Go Creative Show Twitter Facebook Apple Podcasts Stitcher Google Play Podcasts iHeart Radio YouTube Show Links Watchmen IMDb Watchmen on HBO Follow Our Guest Xavier Grobet’s Website Xavier Grobet’s IMDb Follow Ben Consoli BC Media Productions BenConsoli.com Twitter Instagram Follow Matt Russell Gain Structure Sound Twitter


21 Jul 2020

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Xavier Grobet, ASC on HBO’s Watchmen, going to film school with Mexican filmmakers Rodrigo Prieto and Alfonso Cuarón, early experience on films Total Recall, Revenge, Before Night Falls

The Cinematography Podcast

The Cinematography Podcast Episode 80: Xavier GrobetMexican-born DP Xavier Grobet grew up surrounded by visual images. His mother was a professional photographer, and from an early age, Xavier made his own Super 8 movies every summer with his cousins and family members. He started out going to architecture school, but soon decided his passion was film. Xavier's generation of fellow Mexican filmmakers, “Chivo” Emmanuel Lubezki, Rodrigo Prieto, and Alfonso Cuarón were also attending film school at one of the two main colleges in Mexico City. One of Xavier's early experiences was operating the third camera on a French film, Les Pyramides Bleues, with Alfonso Cuarón as the assistant director. Many American productions were shooting in Mexico at the time, so Xavier was able to work on huge movies like Tony Scott's Revenge and Total Recall starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Once he moved to America, it took awhile to get established again, but he got a big break shooting the Julian Schnabel film Before Night Falls and the series Deadwood. Xavier Grobet's most recent work has been on HBO's phenomenal series Watchmen, on episodes three, five, and seven. Going into the world of Watchmen proved to be a huge challenge, because each episode works as its own separate piece, but required a familiarity with the script for the entire series to ensure the consistency and look of the story. He always found ways to shoot from different angles, and used blue lighting selectively to suggest and reveal Dr. Manhattan. It was daunting working within the framework of the show's look and following its guidelines, but Xavier embraced it and made it his.See Watchmen on HBO: https://www.hbo.com/watchmen Find Xavier Grobet: http://xmexdp.com/ Instagram: @xmexdpFind out even more about this episode, with extensive show notes and links: http://camnoir.com/ep80/Sponsored by Hot Rod Cameras www.hotrodcameras.com Website: www.camnoir.comFacebook: @cinepodInstagram: @thecinepodTwitter: @ShortEndz

1hr 11mins

25 Jun 2020

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