Curating Reality: Cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt and "Mank"

Curating Reality: Cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt and
Mank BTS: Picture: Miles CristIt’s impressive when a Director of Photography’s first fiction feature is with David Fincher, notorious for his exacting eye in terms of both working methods and stringent aesthetics. But before Mank—Fincher’s passion project on Herman J. Mankiewicz and the writing of Citizen Kane—Erik Messerschmidt, Asc had been a part of Fincher’s team on both seasons of Mindhunter and even earlier as a gaffer on Gone Girl for Dp Jeff Cronenweth. On Mindhunter, Messerschmidt’s camera infused the bloodless institutional interiors of its serial-killer/FBI interview set pieces with subtly vulnerable undertones, hewing to a Fincher playbook of visual control that telegraphs barely contained chaos.Mank posed its own challenge with the director’s dream of making a black-and-white period picture in 2020, a vision of authenticity that is something of a chimera in cinema’s digital age. The story shuttles between
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