Magazine article Variety

Amir Mokri Fills in the Blanks with Imagination

Magazine article Variety

Amir Mokri Fills in the Blanks with Imagination

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For someone who has made his career working on big blockbuster films like "Transformers," "Man of Steel" and "Fast & Furious," cinematographer Amir Mokri prefers watching slightly less-explosive pics.

"I like to watch dramas," he says. "It's funny because I work on these big movies, but they're not things that I go and watch. I like dramas that are about humor and interaction."

Mokri's latest project, "Pixels," stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad and provides a fair dose of funny. A live-action crossover with CGI videogame characters, it relies on visual effects, which are in Mokri's wheelhouse. But filming without all the elements that ultimately appear on screen comes with its own challenges.

"You have to use your imagination to fill in the blanks," says Mokri, Variety's Creative Impact in Cinematography honoree. He has also noticed that movies that rely on visual effects don't always have an exact plan, so he has to be flexible. "In an ideal world, it would be great to know what everything is going to look like, but that doesn't always happen."

Growing up in Iran, Mokri didn't romanticize film or the industry. …

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