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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.

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Harris Savides | Sofia Coppola and Somewhere

For his second L.A. picture of 2010, Savides worked for the first time with Sofia Coppola on her Venice Golden Lion-winning Somewhere. It’s the story of Johnny Marco, a B+/A- list movie star checked into the Chateau Marmont for an extended stay, and the few magical days he spends with his young daughter, dumped on his doorstep by Marco’s ex-wife in crisis. The film captures an eerie loneliness of privileged life by, as Savides did in Greenberg, allowing the sets to feel natural and uninflected by cinematographic trickery. Wrote Justin Chang in Variety, “Savides' camera prowls the balconies and bungalows of this popular Hollywood haunt with an appreciation for its beauty as well as its isolation.” Said Coppola of her collaboration with the d.p., “Harris and I like similar photography; he gets fashion references, because he’s worked in that world. He embraced the minimal and naturalistic style on this movie; we weren’t encumbered by a lot of set-up time and equipment, and we could be free in how we approached shooting it. I loved the way he shot it in natural light. I’m not one of those people who storyboard everything or plan everything before; I like to try things and then figure it out as we go, and Harris is open to working the same way.”