American Cinematographer Magazine: May 2016

 In Press

n the May 2016 issue of American Cinematographer Magazine, I was interviewed regarding our team’s work on the ground-breaking virtual cinematography work accomplished. The Jungle Book was the first feature film to fully integrate a real-time game engine into production enabling cinematographer Bill Pope, ASC to compose and light shots using a newly designed virtual camera system in real-time.

For The Jungle Book, this system was directly linked to a larger, newer virtual-cinematography system built Balakrishnan notes, “the first time a game engine was deeply integrated into the production pipeline and used to previsualize the entire film from start to end.” This innovation allowed Pope and Favreau to make detailed cinematographic choices — including camera movement, lens choice, depth of field, framing and lighting — in every step from rough layout through final post.