Rodrigo Prieto and Ben Affleck Tackle Politics and Hollywood in Argo

Argo Takes Best Picture at the Academy Awards®

 

Published on website: October 12, 2012
Categories: 35mm , Feature Films , The StoryBoard Blog
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After winning the Oscar® for best motion picture of the year for "Argo" Ben Affleck, George Clooney, and Grant Heslov are backstage with their Oscars® during the live telecast on the ABC Television network from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013. credit: Bryan Crowe / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

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For Best motion picture of the year, the Oscar® goes to “Argo” produced by Grant Heslov, George Clooney and Ben Affleck. They celebrate backstage with presenter Jack Nicholson. The Oscars® are presented live on the ABC Television network from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013. credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

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Ben Affleck, winner for or Best motion picture of the year for "Argo", at the Governors Ball at Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013. credit: Sara Wood / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

Argo tells the amazing true story of the bold escape of six Americans from Teheran at the height of the Iranian revolution. Coached by the CIA, a group posed as filmmakers in a dangerous but ultimately successful scheme to get them out. Argo was the name of the script that the CIA actually bought as part of the cover story.

Watch Rodrigo Prieto, ASC Panel Discussion at the 2012 Cine Gear Expo

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Clockwise from left) Scoot McNairy as Joe Stafford, Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez, Rory Cochrane as Lee Schatz, Christopher Denham as Mark Lijek, and Tate Donovan as Bob Anders in Argo, a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. (Photo by Claire Folger)

 

Director Ben Affleck relied on Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC to capture the emotions of the highly charged story in Argo. Prieto tested every format available in the marketplace, and chose a range of film formats to delineate different aspects of the story, including 35 mm anamorphic and 2-perf Super 35.

 

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Director Ben Affleck on the set of Argo, a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. (Photo by Claire Folger)

 

Prieto says that he shot in anamorphic 35 mm format for images depicting the world of the CIA and Washington, D.C.

 

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(L-R) Bryan Cranston as Jack O'Donnell and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo, a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. ( Photo by Claire Folger)

 

For scenes that unfold in Hollywood, Prieto re-created a reversal film look. EFILM emulated the contrast and color characteristics of tests Prieto did with actual reversal film, to enhance the images with a circa 1979 look.

 

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(L-R) John Goodman as John Chambers, Alan Arkin as Lester Siegel and Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo, a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. (Photo by Claire Folger)

 

For scenes that take place in Iran, Prieto shot 2-perf 35 mm and pushed the stock one stop to add grain and texture.

 

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(Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo, a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. (Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

 

“It’s great to have the full range of tools at our disposal,” says Prieto. “The texture and color depth of film is invaluable, and I don’t think it can be reproduced digitally.”

 

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Director Ben Affleck and Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC on the set of Argo (Photo by Keith Bernstein ©2011 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)

 

Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, talked about his work on the films Argo, Water for Elephants, Biutiful and more at the 2012 Cine Gear Expo.