Edward Lachman Interview: ‘Wonderstruck’ cinematographer

During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), cinematographer Edward Lachman reveals he wanted to create a sense of “hearing with images” in his work on “Wonderstruck.” Directed by Todd Haynes, the film centers on two deaf children — a girl in the 1920s (Millicent Simmonds) and a boy in the 1970s (Oakes Fegley) – who share mysterious connections. Lachman explains he wanted to “evoke the feeling in the viewer of what it must be like for a deaf person to perceive their environment.”

Additionally, Lachman wanted to convey the different time periods through “cinematic language.” For Rose, the young girl searching for her actress mother (Julianne Moore) in Manhattan, the cameraman referenced “black-and-white silent” films. For Ben, the boy searching for his missing father after the sudden death of his mother (Michelle Williams), “we referenced the neo-realism of the films in the ’70s coming out of New York like ‘Mean Streets’ or ‘The French Connection.'”

Lachman has twice competed at the Oscars for his work with Haynes: once for “Far From Heaven” (2002) and again for “Carol” (2015). He also contended at the Emmys for shooting Haynes’ miniseries “Mildred Pierce” in 2011. Additionally, he lensed Haynes’ Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There” (2007), for which he also shot in both black-and-white and color. Can reuniting with the director bring him his first Academy Award win? Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “Wonderstruck.”

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