Ahead of the season finale, we caught up with Penny Dreadful’s resident Irish Director of Photography John Conroy to talk about Penny Dreadful, how it was like to work with Eva Green and what’s in store for him.
Many Penny Dreadful fans are amazed but unaware of how each episode comes to life through the production process. Could you tell us about yourself and the role you play in the show’s production?
Basically I read the script, listened to John Logan’s & The Directors vision. I Interpret that through working with the Art Department, VFX Department, then through Lighting, Framing & Camera moves with my own aesthetic. There are a lot of technical issues that manifest themselves in order to achieve this. The Mirror Maze & Train sequences in the Wild West being good examples. I spend most of my prep problem solving so when we shoot we can hit the ground running so everyone can express themselves without too much compromise.
The Director of Photography job is widely considered as one of the most challenging position on a film or television set. What’s the difference between working as a DoP on film and on a television series? And which to you prefer to shoot with: film or digital?
Challenging yes but hugely rewarding on a show such as Penny. There is no difference between TV & Movies in my mind in reference to standards, however, there may be when it comes to time allowed & the amount of coverage you have to do. Also Film is more of a Director’s Genre whilst TV is more biased towards the Showrunner. I have no preference over Film or Digital. I’d shoot on super 8 if it meant I could light. It’s all about the light. I do find it funny though when I hear about people talk about grain & the lack of it in Digital. When I was working mainly with Film, people were obsessed about getting rid of grain in Film stocks…. go figure.
Here’s the Second Part of our Exclusive Q&A with Eva Green. We thank her for her kindness, candidness and for taking her time to answer us. Special thanks goes to her twin sister Joy for once again facilitating this, without whom it wouldn’t be possible. In case you missed the First Part of the interview, you can read it HERE. We’ll be posting the rest of the Q&A in the coming weeks. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave some messages or comments. Enjoy!
If you could talk to your 15 year old self, what would you tell her?
Do all that you can to develop your confidence and get your attention on other people rather than being worried about people judging you.
You’ve learned how to read tarot cards, handle a crossbow, smoke a pipe, pray in Latin and acquire British and American accents all in the name of your characters. Which skill are you interested in learning should a role calls for it?
My fantasy would be to play a violinist or a cellist who would also be a kick-boxer and a chef!!!!
Eva and Joy shared this funny Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Behind the Scenes photo with us. Thanks Eva and Joy!
“Here’s an exclusive picture from the shooting of Miss Peregrine. Orla Carrol, me and Morna Fergusson ! My best hair and make up team on this planet! Photo is by Leah Gallo.” – Eva
As most Eva fans know, Orla and Morna are not just personal friends of Eva but are also her long time beauty squad! Here they are featured in a production video for Penny Dreadful:
Out of respect to Eva’s wish for the photo to be an EvaGreenWeb Exclusive, we ask everyone not to take the photo without proper permission or consent from Leah Gallo, Eva Green or EvaGreenWeb.com. Thank you.
Well at first I didn’t know where it was going, but I love Eva Green and was told that this was a sort of love interest for her. I’d known John Logan briefly through Kathryn Bigelow during Hurt Locker and we had a little catching up. Then he said, “So, do you like the show?” and I said, “Of course. And I love Eva Green.” He’s, like, “Okay, there’s probably one thing you should know: This guy also goes by another name.” “What’s that?” “Dracula.” I said, “What time is my flight?” It was that quick. To go from the material that I was given where my character is this sort of overly-obsessive museum director, which is a fun character, to an ageless Dracula that you don’t want to mess around with was fascinating. He’s the darkness that goes throughout the whole three seasons. He’s challenging and wonderfully fun to do.
Read his full interview HERE.
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