Magazine article Variety

Peak TV Boosts Need for Top Crews

Magazine article Variety

Peak TV Boosts Need for Top Crews

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"Catastrophe" (Amazon) (1) It was a chance encounter at a U.K. pub that reconnected editor Steve Ackroyd with longtime friend and director Ben Taylor, who was about to make the "Catastrophe" pilot - the story of two lovers whose weekend fling turns into a permanent relationship after an unexpected pregnancy.

"When we bumped into each other I was cutting commercials, and Ben asked me if I wanted to do long-form," Ackroyd says.

Ackroyd has cut the entire series, which begins its third season April 28 on Amazon. The key, he says, is in embracing the sometimes wide dichotomy between Horgan, who portrays an Irish schoolteacher, and Delaney, as an American ad man, while at the same time not playing things too broadly. "You don't want the biggest performances, because the real performances would suffer," says Ackroyd. "That's where the truth is and that's where the comedy is as well."

"Dear White People" (Netflix) (2) Based on his 2014 film of the same name, Justin Simien's new Netflix series, set to premiere April 28, follows a group of black Ivy league students as they navigate among an overwhelmingly white student body.

To transform stage backgrounds into places that feel real, cinematographer Jeffrey Waldron paired the RED Weapon camera with Zeiss Master Prime and Angenieux Optimo zooms lenses. One of his biggest hurdles on the multi-culti project was trying to light and cover scenes with multiple actors.

"We really wanted to celebrate the array of skin tones in the show, and for a shot with nine people you're getting very specific about lighting," Waldron says. …

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