The Cinematography Podcast Episode 73: Carlos González

Venezuelan-born cinematographer Carlos González graduated with a degree in architecture before attending film school at AFI in Los Angeles. While attending architecture school, he designed some film sets, and still enjoys collaborating closely with production designers. Carlos says that the experience of discovery when walking into a room as a cinematographer is very similar to the way an architect thinks, but focused on lighting placement and camera movements rather than walls and doors. Carlos started out making low-budget films for Roger Corman with director David Prior such as Raw Justice and Mutant Species. Working on low-budget films enabled him to become “the fast guy” and to develop a quick, basic lighting scheme for each film, a skill he was able to take with him into television series work. He’s shot many episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and the remake of Party of Five on Freeform. In the past few years, Carlos has moved into directing, and he is currently in postproduction on a family-friendly movie, The Kid Who Only Hit Homers.

You can see the new Party of Five on Freeform.

Find Carlos González. @cgzalez

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Close Focus: So much of our past guests’ work is on streaming right now! Be sure to listen to their interviews on our podcast and see their work.


Zombieland Double Tap, directed by Ruben Fleischer

Hail Satan? a great documentary directed by Penny Lane

Big Time Adolescence, directed by Jason Orley and shot by Andrew Huebscher.

On Netflix:

Sweetheart, directed by JD Dillard

Mudbound, shot by Rachel Morrison

HBO Now:

BlacKkKlansman, edited by Barry Alexander Brown

On Amazon:

The Farewell, directed by Lulu Wang

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Three seasons! shot by M. David Mullen

Amazon, or paid streaming:

Ford v. Ferrari, cinematography by Phedon Papamichael

The Last Full Measure, cinematography by Byron Werner

Ben’s short end: The Beastie Boys Story documentary on Apple TV directed by Spike Jonze is fun, funny and touching.

Illya’s short end: Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary. It’s like a masterclass in how movies get made in Hollywood. The movie was well made, perfectly cast, and the cast and crew appear to have had a great time making it.

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