Charlotte Bruus Christensen Interview: ‘Molly’s Game’ cinematographer
During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen reveals that when she was first approached by Aaron Sorkin to shoot “Molly’s Game,” she realized that the film was “a portrait of a woman more than [it is] about the poker games.” Sorkin made his directorial debut with this true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive poker game before becoming a target of the F.B.I. Although the camerawoman looked at some classics in the card-shark genre, “I quickly learned it doesn’t help me much to observe these earlier and very successful proper movies.”
Given Sorkin’s propensity for dialogue, Christensen had to find a way to make people talking in a room interesting to look at. “It is a challenge,” she divulges, “because it isn’t about the visuals, and at the same time the visuals have to support the words.” In the case of “Molly’s Game,” “there’s so much voice-over, and a lot of the images… were Molly observing the game, and we had to create a number of shots to get an energy into it. As Aaron kept saying to me, there’s a musical rhythm to it. So with this one, I had to understand the many cuts I knew had to go into the movie.”
A native of Denmark, Christensen has shot several films with director Thomas Vinterberg, including “The Hunt” (2012) and “Far from the Maddening Crowd” (2015). Last year saw her working with Denzel Washington on “Fences” and Tate Taylor on “The Girl on the Train.” Her upcoming credits include John Krasinski‘s “A Quiet Place,” due out in 2018.