From Iconic Low-Budge Horror to ‘Kong’: DP Jacques Haitkin’s Shooting Advice

DP Jacques Haitkin's 100+ credits include everything from 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' to today's biggest blockbusters. Here's what he's learned.

If there's such a thing as a cult cinematographer, Jacques Haitkin is it. He has lensed some of the films that defined the last quarter century of horror, not the least of which are Wes Craven’s first two Nightmare on Elm Street movies. Lately, his time behind the camera has been spent as Second Unit DP on Hollywood's biggest titles: Furious 7, Captain America: Civil War, and most recently, Kong: Skull Island.

In advance of Kong's release, Haitkin shared with No Film School some of his lessons learned over many years on set, including what skills he brings from low-budget work onto blockbuster projects.

"Budget doesn't matter. The higher purpose of all movies is to touch an audience's hearts and minds by illustrating that narrative with picture and sound."

No Film School: You've worked on smaller budget films and many Hollywood blockbusters alike. What skills do you bring from smaller films to bigger ones?

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