Red Fish Blue Fish

I’m hoping to release more behind the scenes material as we get closer to the release of the film, but for now enjoy this sizzle reel I cut from the project.

When I got the opportunity to shoot a period-piece Cold War spy thriller, I jumped at the chance.  We would be given the opportunity to create and mold our version of the past.  Outside of historical references, it was a great chance for me to lean into some recent and old spy thrillers as I crafted a look with director AJ Martinson III that told the story and built our world.  We extremely intentional about our use of color, camera movement, and lighting to orient the audience and subtlety reinforce the character’s choices and stakes. We were elated to be recipients of a grant from Panavision which allowed us to shoot on the beautiful Panavision Primo lenses with a Panavised Alexa.  A few scenes were later shot with a Sony F5 and modern glass to separate the two time periods in the story.  For most of the film, we used diffusion or haze to give the light, environments, and image texture.

AJ was a fearless collaborator and welcomed my voice in the creation process which was a huge joy.  I love working with directors that have a strong vision but welcome ideas from the people around them.  Can’t wait for the next film with him.  I worked with a stellar team that helped me execute and develop the look for the film.

Director: AJ Martinson III
Cinematographer: Nicholas Matthews

Starring: Kaiwi Lyman, Jeff Hatch and Corey MacIntosh

Shot on Arri Alexa, Panavision Primo® Prime Lenses

Steadicam Operators:
Orlando Duguay (
Timber Hooy (

1st AC: Benjamin Steen
2nd AC: Derek Endo

AC Dayplayers: Adam Marquez, Timber Hooy

Gaffer: Cole Pisano
Best Boy Electric: Max Schwartz
Key Grip: Yohan Herman
Best Boy Grip: Nick Doll

G&E Dayplayers: Sean Talbot, Caleb Wall, Mikey Gilmore, John Morgan, Yongmin Hwang



Cafe Con Leche – Feature Film

I’m hoping to roll out a number of short behind the scenes posts that detail how and why we lit this film in this manner. But for now, I’ll just say that this film was equal parts exciting and challenging to shoot.  This was my first international feature film as a cinematographer, and I can’t wait to shoot internationally again.  We shot all over Mexico City’s beautiful and vast urban world.  The crew I ended up with were fantastic collaborators and we worked through the language barrier without too much difficulty. We had a stellar cast that included Gerardo Taracena, José Sefami, Nina Seničar, Martin Santander.  Our director Ray Gallardo was a tireless leader, collaborator, and friend through the process.  We were constantly referencing Michael Mann as we tried to create a grounded, taut, crime drama with character-driven action sequences. The film is wrapping up post production, but for now enjoy this sizzle reel I cut from the movie.

Director: Ray Gallardo
Cinematographer: Nicholas Matthews
Production Designer: Yikai Wang
Feature Film shot in Mexico City on the Alexa with Zeiss Ultra Primes.