How They Did It: Mr. Turner

The four Oscar-nominated crafts team reveals the secrets behind the most ambitious scene in Mike Leigh’s acclaimed movie about J.M.W. Turner: “Varnishing Day” at the Royal Academy.

Cinematographer Dick Pope: “Basically, we eliminated all natural daylight and plugged any existing real windows, thereby creating a completely artificially lit set, as if we were working on a stage. The work in this location was complicated and time consuming with many actors involved, and the lighting rig gave Mike Leigh the freedom to devise his scenes looking any which way he chose with no pressure from Mother Nature!”

Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran: ”It shows lots of different things that we worked on like the etiquette, the inter-relation between the artists and, of course, the different ways that they looked.”

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Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Below the Line, Cinematography, Clips, Costume, Movies, Music, Oscar, Production Design, Tech

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