‘Palm Springs’ Cinematographer Describes the Moment She Knew She ‘Had to Be a Part of This Film’

Cinematographer Quyen Tran was hooked the minute she read the script for “Palm Springs,” Max Barbakow’s feature directorial debut that’s now streaming on Hulu.

“I saw the words ‘car chases,’ ‘plane crashes’ and ‘dinosaurs’ and knew I had to be a part of this film,” she says.The movie, written by Andy Siara, stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti as Nyles and Sarah, who meet at a wedding in the titular California desert city and soon find themselves stuck in a “Groundhog Day”-like time loop that often leaves them looking for spectacular escapes.

But Tran and Barbakow focused on relationships, not action, in their early strategy sessions.“We spent a lot of time talking about theme and character, designing the movie from the inside out — not imposing a style but creating our own out of disparate touchstones,” Barbakow says.

“She intimately understood the importance of the human element in this movie.

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