Magazine article American Cinematographer

The "Cosmos" Cinematographers

Magazine article American Cinematographer

The "Cosmos" Cinematographers

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Working long hours under difficult conditions and with many directors, camera crews roamed the world to shoot vital sequences for COSMOS

A series the size and nature of COSMOS relies heavily on the skills of its cinematographers in order to maintain visual style and continuity. We were fortunate in having two very good cinematographers on this series: Hilyard J. Brown of the United States and Chris O'Dell of England. Both of these men are broadly experienced and equally at home whether shooting hand-held in a rice paddy, or a mission control room, or perched atop a crane while filming with a full crew and period-costumed actors and sets, or working with elaborate camera systems for special effects shooting.

In selecting a cinematographer, it is hard to decide which good one to to use; there are so many. It is ultimately a question of the chemistry of the show and the people who are producing, directing, writing or appearing in it. …

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