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  Outside of historical references, it was a great chance for me to lean into some recent and old spy thrillers as I crafted a look with director AJ Martinson III that told the story and built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