Cinematographer: Josh Taylor

Posted by Samantha George






Josh Taylor

“The cinematographer works extremely close with the director to help bring their vision for visual style of the film to fruition…through the control of the camera (equipment and movement) and lighting (equipment, quality, and color). The relationship (between director and cinematographer) is completely collaborative, with each person bouncing ideas back and forth to find the best way to convey the story.” – Josh Taylor

With inspiration drawing from both Children of Men and Mr. Robot, it’s not hard to see similarities between Tim Ives & Emmanuel Lubezki’s work, and our “EXPOSED” crew member of the week: Josh Taylor! Taylor’s cinematography style for FAILSAFE is a great example of utilizing negative space within surveillance-like angles, while mixing in an omnipresent, free flowing camera. 

My favorite visual aspect of this film is the environment we were able to create within the kitchen…It feels warm but in a suffocating way, and the sense of being completely cut off from the outside world.” – Josh Taylor

Cinematographers are often asked about their working relationship with Directors. What is it like navigating the films creative vision together? Josh enters every project with the mindset that the director is the spearhead of the film, and at the end of the day, his ideas need to match the directors. Over the years, he’s also learned the challenge of getting into the mindset of the viewer:

Everything can start to seem fake when you are standing on set….It’s difficult to know what parts of reality you can stylize or augment without throwing the audience out of the story.” – Josh Taylor

FAILSAFE had about a month of pre-production, two days of principle photography, and about three weeks for post production. It was the last of a four film series put on by The Control Room, a production company dedicated to cranking out content.

Thank you Josh Taylor for sharing your talent with our viewers this week. If you would like to contact Josh to shoot your next project, please CONTACT US, and we’ll connect you with him!

We’d also like to thank The Control Room for their contribution to the film community in Chicago and for providing us with this weeks highlighted film.

Thank you for watching this week’s Exposing the Crew “EXPOSED” short film!

See You Next Tuesday,

Samantha George (Producer, JJack Productions)