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In this article, I want to share a video that we recently found on YouTube (via HD Warrior). It's not brand new (as of May this year), but its content is quite remarkable: the DP of hit Netflix series "The Crown", Adriano Goldman, ASC, BSC and ABC, are taking on the show's host, DP Serge Desrosiers, CSC one Tour around the set.

The video is about the two DPs talking while Goldman actually works on the set. Occasionally he just has to run or both have to shut up because PA announced “Ready to Shoot”. The whole piece was shot over two days, one on a sound stage, the other on the streets of London – on a very rainy day, of course. Goldman shares some tricks and insights. So without further ado, let's roll the video (and please watch it every 30 minutes, it's really worth it):

I really enjoyed seeing this as I think that the most learning can always be found by looking over the shoulder of an experienced master of his craft.

The Cinematography of "The Crown"

Here are some secrets to reveal: Which camera is being used? What lenses did Goldman use in the first two seasons of "The Crown", why did he swap them afterwards? How can consistency be sought? Does he use smoke and / or haze or even smoke filters? What about lighting? Does he prefer to work with HMI fistures or LED sources and why?

I'm not going to spoil every one of his tricks and the way he works. The video is really worth its 30 minute running time. So be sure to check out everything. With all of the video happening on the actual sets of the show, it really does get a feel for how things are going, and Adriano Goldman tries to explain as much as possible in the short amount of time Desrosiers and his crew have been around.

I'm going to unsubscribe by saying the video is pretty underestimated with only about 3000 views so far. For this reason we decided to publish it here so that hopefully more interested filmmakers can find it and benefit from this valuable insight.

Left: Adriano Goldman IMDb | Serge Desrosiers IMDb | The Crown website

What do you think? Did you learn something new? Share your own experiences in the comments below!


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