The Cinematography Podcast Episode 220: Larkin Seiple

We welcome back cinematographer Larkin Seiple, who was the cinematographer for the Best Picture winner, Everything Everywhere All At Once. Larkin’s most recent project was the Netflix series, Beef.

Beef is about Danny Cho (Steven Yeun) and Amy Lau (Ali Wong) who clash in a parking lot, leading to a road rage chase. But it doesn’t end there- both Danny and Amy continually escalate their anger and revenge towards each other, endangering their families and everyone around them. Both characters are stressed, unhappy people who do terrible things to ruin other people’s lives.

Larkin enjoyed exploring how the antihero characters in Beef make awful and selfish decisions that get worse and worse, like a pebble rolling downhill. He manipulated the camera to influence the audience’s understanding of what’s happening, so that they can identify or even sympathize with Danny and Amy. He kept the cameras very close to the main characters, using wider lenses to bring the audience into their sphere, often using handheld shots over the shoulder with medium close ups and minimal coverage. Larkin also likes keeping things dark and moody, with minimal extra lighting. This enables him to shoot fast, and actors Steven Yeun and Ali Wong had more time to really explore their performances.

You can watch Beef on Netflix.

Find Larkin Seiple: Instagram: @larksss

Close Focus: A letter from a listener who uses an iPad for editing, and the movies that are bombing this summer such as The Flash and Elemental.

Ben’s short end: Ben recently saw Elemental at a 4DX movie theater, which is an “immersive cinematic experience.” The seats move and vibrate, simulate lightening, rain, fog and even strong scents.

Illya’s short end: Season 2 of The Bear, on F/X and Hulu, starts soon.

Listen to Ben’s new horror series Catchersavailable NOW only on Audible!

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