Guillermo Navarro: Cinematography Is the “Language” of Film

Feb 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Featured Articles, Movie News


                                                                          (Guillermo Navarro is the one encircled in red.)

The Latin Movie Examiner spoke with Guillermo Navarro, cinematographer for Breaking Dawn, about his work on I Am Number Four and how his upbringing in Mexico has influenced his work.  Oh, and he says a little something about Breaking Dawn too. 😉

‘I want to design and create images as opposed to working on a contemporary piece where realities exist right outside your window and all you have to do is register them,’ Navarro explained. ‘A movie like ‘I Am Number Four’ offers that to me.’…

Were there specific influences in your life growing up that peaked your interest in the photography of films?

In my case, I was always interested in photography. I started doing still photography at a very early age. I was very passionate about it. I had my own dark room when I was 13 years old. I was always pursuing photography. Then that changed into motion photography. I became very intrigued in resolving the equation of dealing with images that are moving and are not necessarily accommodating the same space as a still photograph where everything is more convenient. I fell in love with that challenge. I could see that in the conceptual process. It completely convinced me to pursue it, especially when I saw the work of [Vittorio] Storaro (“Apocalypse Now,” “The Last Emperor”). That was the work I wanted to do…

Your next two films are the final two chapters of “The Twilight Saga” known as “Breaking Dawn.” Since you were not involved in the first three movies, what is your mindset going into this one as the new guy? Do you want to create that parallel universe like you talked about from scratch or do you feel more limited by the work that came before you and by what fans of the series are expecting?

No, I don’t feel limited by that. The book itself allows for the story to be propelled and I’m pushing that. I can’t really talk about it much, but I saw a very big opportunity to have a strong contribution in it.

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Personally, I’m jealous that he had a dark room when he was 13!  Gah, I’d love to have one.  I feel like that’s every photographer’s dream!  I’m excited to see what Mr. Navarro does with the look of the films and what kind of spin he puts on the Twilight world.  I love what Javier Aguierrasrobe did, but at the same time I like that with a new cinematographer, we don’t really know what to expect.  I’ve only seen one film Navarro’s done, and that was today when I went and saw I Am Number Four!
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