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10-13-2021 - Case Study, Gear, Technology

The Cinematography of Them – Shot on VENICE – A Podcast with DP Checco Varese, ASC

By: SonyCine Team

Following up our article Shooting “Them”: Checco Varese, ASC and Xavier Grobet, ASC Bring the TV Series to Life, we thought we’d continue the conversation with this podcast published in collaboration with Ben Consoli and the Go Creative Show.

See the podcast embedded in the video above, or to listen, click the link below.


For more content on "Them," see below.

DP Checco Varese planing a shot on the set of "Them"

Horror cinematographer mastermind Checco Varese ASC teaches us how he filmed trauma and fear for Amazon Studios’ "Them." Checco explains his approach to the series’ gorgeous cinematography and his philosophy as a filmmaker.


Checco and Go Creative Show host, Ben Consoli, discuss ways to invoke anxiety and terror through cinematography, tips for new cinematographers, using virtual filmmaking to film a creature attack on a 1950s bus, the Jordan Peele US controversy and more!


What you will learn in this episode:

  • Invoking fear and terror through THEM’s visual approach (03:30)
  • Horror filmmaking techniques (12:15)
  • Rules to live by as a cinematographer (23:16)
  • Comparing THEM to Jordan Peele’s US (28:00)
  • Creature attack on a 1950s bus using virtual filmmaking (35:48)
  • And more!

DP Verese on the set of "Them"

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