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People in Film | Harris Savides
Posted December 01, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Harris Savides"
We turn the lens on Harris Savides, the acclaimed cinematographer of Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film Somewhere.
Harris Savides | Breaking into Features
For a director of cinematography who has worked with some of best art film and commercial directors, Harris Savides got his feature break with a surprising gig: shooting a made-for-cable erotic drama, Lake Consequence, for Zalman King of Red Shoe Diaries fame. “God bless him, he gave a lot of young cinematographers a start in movies,” Savides remembers in the Moving Image Source interview. “They had asked me to do a movie maybe three months after starting to work all the time in commercials. And I was like, ‘Sure, I'll do a movie.’ I mean, I'd never been on a real set before, and I got to shoot a movie. But they wanted people who were doing stylized work, like beautiful beauty, you know, high-end music videos, slick stuff, to work for them because what they did was pretty much this very soft, soft porn.” Three years later, Savides shot Phil Joanou’s Heaven’s Prisoners, and then, in 1997, David Fincher’s The Game. A string of features followed, with Savides reuniting with Fincher in 2007 for the digitally-shot Zodiac.