Clubhouse Conversations — Creed III

Editors' note: In-depth coverage of cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, ASC and director Michael B. Jordan's collaboration on Creed III first appeared in American Cinematographer's March 2023 issue. Read the full story here and learn more here about how to subscribe to the industry's leading journal of motion-picture production techniques.

In this episode, cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, ASC is joined by interviewer Steve Yedlin, ASC to discuss his work on Creed III — the third chapter in the saga of Rocky Balboa's protégé, Adonis Creed.

In Creed III, reigning boxing world champion Adonis "Donnie" Creed (Michael B. Jordan) is confronted by the sudden reappearance of Dame (Jonathan Majors) — a once-close companion, and once-promising boxing prospect, who served an 18-year prison sentence for a crime in which both men were entangled as teens, and who now seeks to settle their old score in the ring. The film marks Jordan's directorial debut, and Morgenthau's second Creed film, following Creed II in 2018.

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In this interview, Morgenthau shares how he modified his workflow when shooting with a director who also stars in the film; prepping, lighting and photographing the three main boxing match sequences; his visual references and approach to the expressionistic “void” scene; and what he's learned about fostering collaborative relationships throughout his career.

Kramer Morgenthau, ASC is a cinematographer whose credits include the features Dogtown (1997), The Big Brass Ring (1999), The Man from Elysian Fields (2001), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Chef (2014), and Creed II (2018), and the series The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Life on Mars, Boardwalk Empire and Sleepy Hollow (for which he was nominated for ASC Awards in 2005, 2009, 2011 and 2014, respectively), as well as Game of Thrones, which earned him an ASC Award in 2013.

Steve Yedlin, ASC is a cinematographer whose feature credits include Looper (2012), Carrie (2013), San Andreas (2015), Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Knives Out (2019), and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022).

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