Nov 4, 2019

EFILM’s Tony Dustin Re-Teams with Cinematographer John Toll, ASC, on “Harriet”

Focus Features’ “Harriet” tells the remarkable true story of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. The film is helmed by director Kasi Lemmons, who brings a unique vision of the courage, ingenuity, and heart of the iconic freedom fighter to modern audiences. Shot on the Sony Venice camera by legendary cinematographer John Toll, ASC, the feature was colored by EFILM’s Tony Dustin.

“John’s photography is beautiful. He’s exceptional at planning and capturing what he wants on set, and has a clear vision for what he’d like to achieve with the color in post,” noted Dustin, who previously collaborated with Toll on both seasons of the Wachowski’s Netflix sci-fi series “Sense8.” “It was quite enjoyable working with him again, and we had a lot of great creative back and forth.”

Dustin created a LUT that was used during filming, then worked with Toll and Lemmons to refine the look during the color finish, dialing in the right color temperature for each scene and, in some cases, drawing inspiration from archival photographs. With much of the footage shot at night, of exteriors and in the forest, Dustin was also mindful to keep the details in the imagery visible as Toll intended, and the pair explored various ideas throughout the process, with Lemmons providing input.

“Kasi is brilliant. She’s created what’s essentially a superhero movie. I’m excited to show the film to my daughter,” Dustin concluded.

For more information, showtimes, and tickets please visit: http://www.focusfeatures.com/harriet/


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