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The Eagle Eye of Anthony Dod Mantle
Posted February 09, 2011 to photo album "The Eagle Eye of Anthony Dod Mantle"
Academy-Award wining cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle captured the visceral reality of the fight in Kevin MacDonald’s The Eagle. But his own career has been more journey than struggle.
© Photo by Matthew Nettheim
Anthony Dod Mantle | Making The Eagle Visually Real
Anthony Dod Mantle (l.) with director Kevin MacDonald (Photo by Matt Nettheim)
Much of the epic vision of Kevin MacDonald’s Roman adventure comes from the work of film director of photography (d.p.) Anthony Dod Mantle. Dod Mantle, who’d won an Oscar of his work on Slumdog Millionaire, can pretty much pick and chose his projects. His decision to add his vision to The Eagle came from both a love of the director and the material. Dod Mantle and MacDonald, who’d worked together previously on The Last King of Scotland, were untied in creating a powerfully visual movie. The director and his cinematographer worked out a style using multiple cameras and Steadicam so that, as producer Duncan Kenworthy emphasizes, “the audience will feel that they’re right there in the thick of it.” As Dod Mantle explains, “we couldn’t have carefully composed set-ups with the multiple cameras, given the unpredictable weather we’d be facing on location.” Dod Mantle’s kinetic camera style allowed him to capture the immediacy of man and the elements, an aspect that revealed the personal nature of this story. For him, “The first thing I look for is always a story that touches me. The Eagle is character-driven, about men seeing their worlds and the world as a whole.”