Why Judd Apatow Hired ‘There Will Be Blood’ Dp Robert Elswit to Shoot a Comedy

Judd Apatow makes big commercial comedies, and “The King of Staten Island” is no exception.

However, while developing the project with Pete Davidson and drawing on the comic actor’s personal life, Apatow decided he needed to capture the rough-and-tumble nature of the character’s experiences.

As a result, the movie has a more naturalistic quality than Apatow’s other work, with a restless camera that hovers alongside the jaded twentysomething with documentary-like finesse.To develop that quality, Apatow turned to one of the most respected cinematographers in the industry.

Robert Elswit, the Paul Thomas Anderson Dp revered for his work on “There Will Be Blood” and “Boogie Nights” among many others, played a key role in developing the new direction that “The King of Staten Island” represents in Apatow’s filmography.“I had wanted to work with him for a very long time,” Apatow said in a recent phone interview with IndieWire,

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