Sony’s thrilling new drama The Front Runner directed by Academy Award® nominee Jason Reitman follows the rise and fall of Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman), whose charisma enamored voters and propelled him into the lead for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination until his campaign was dramatically sidelined by the news story of an affair.
Having worked with Reitman on all his features to date, EFILM Senior Colorist Natasha Leonnet reteamed with the director and his go-to Cinematographer, Eric Steelberg, ASC, for the film. Like the political classics of the 70s and 80s, The Front Runner was shot on film, a format Reitman last shot with for 2009’s Up in the Air.
Leonnet described, “Jason and Eric are incredibly strong collaborators and on the same page creatively. Jason referenced films like All the Presidents Men and The Candidate for the look and inspiration. Even though they aren’t set at the exact same time, they have a distinct filmic realism that he loves. Eric did a great job of capturing that aesthetic so my main focus was staying true to how it was shot."
The film was processed at Kodak’s new Atlanta lab then shipped to EFILM in Los Angeles where the dailies were colored by EC3 Colorist Dave Lee. When it came time for Leonnet to do the final grade, Leonnet opted to primarily use technology that mimicked laboratory printer lighters and therefore bringing era authenticity to the aesthetic.
“I relied heavily on printer lights to dial in the look, really embracing the feeling of pre-DI technology,” Leonnet explained. “From there, I fine-tuned the image to give it that fly-on-the-wall feel Jason wanted through the lens of that time.”
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