Clubhouse Conversations — The Continental: From the World of John Wick

In this episode, cinematographers Peter Deming, ASC and Pål Ulvik Rokseth are joined by interviewer Blake McClure, ASC to discuss their work on The Continental: From the World of John Wick — the Peacock miniseries that explores the origins of the John Wick films' infamous assassins' hotel.

Set in the 1970s, The Continental follows businessman Winston Scott (Colin Woodell), who is reunited with his estranged brother, Frankie (Ben Robson), when Frankie steals a precious item from the Continental and is hunted down by the hotel's manager, Cormac (Mel Gibson). Deming shot one of the series' three episodes ("Night 3: Theater of Pain"), and Rokseth shot two ("Night 1: Brothers in Arms" and "Night 2: Loyalty to the Master") — both aiming to create a gritty period look under the direction of Albert Hughes.

In this interview, Deming and Rokseth discuss capturing the production's New York City setting in Budapest; working with Hughes’ complex shot lists and look “manifesto”; how they incorporated the series' staple whip pans and tilt shots; and their approach to camera-operating and Technocrane moves.

Peter Deming, ASC is a cinematographer whose feature credits include Evil Dead II, My Cousin Vinny, Scream 2, 3 and 4, Mulholland Dr., the first and third Austin Powers films, From Hell and The Cabin in the Woods. His series credits include Twin Peaks: The Return, which earned him an Emmy Award nomination, and The Good Lord Bird. In 2002, he received the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Mulholland Dr.

Pål Ulvik Rokseth is a cinematographer whose feature credits include Defending Jacob, 22 July, The Burning Sea and Handling the Undead.

Blake McClure, ASC is a cinematographer whose television credits include Saturday Night Live (2016-2018), Minx and Drunk History (2013-2016), for which he won an ASC Award in 2014. He is currently in production on Season 2 of the Apple TV Plus series Loot.

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