Variety recently interviewed Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel, where he takes us through the differences between wide-angle, normal and telephoto lenses. He explains the science of each lens using examples from “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Drive” and “Three Kings”.
Sigel began his artistic career as a painter and experimental filmmaker while studying at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He transitioned to documentaries while covering the Central American wars of the 1980s, which included working on the Academy Award-winning Witness to War: Dr. Charlie Clements and When the Mountains Tremble. Catching the eye of legendary filmmaker Haskell Wexler, Sigel got his first narrative opportunity on Latino, a film based on Sigel’s own experiences while photographing Nicaragua: Report From the Front. The documentary chronicled the front lines of the war in Nicaragua from both sides of the conflict, becoming the first film to ever capture the contras. This led to second-unit work with Oliver Stone on Platoon and Wall Street.
You can find out more about Sigel’s work at www.NewtonThomasSigel.com