Hear all About the Amazing Cinematography of House of Cards

By Michael Hession on at

Been watching season two of House of Cards? The answer is yes. So you know how beautiful the cinematography is. In an interview with Go Creative, Igor Martinovic, the show's cinematographer tells how he crafted the show's unique visual style.

When watching House of Cards, you may be struck by the precisely composed shots, dark lighting, and subdued colours. It's all a deliberate strategy formulated by the show's directors in concert with Martinovic, who has significant credibility from working on projects like Nurse Jackie and the terrific documentary Man On Wire.

Some tidbits that are extra interesting in the interview is when Martinovic talks about how the camera is very still throughout the series. There is not a single steadicam shot, and the camera never pans and tilts at the same time. This is a stark contrast to the prevailing filmic style of fluid motion and dynamism. He also mentions how they try to remain as naturalistic as possible with lighting, attempting to mirror the natural light sources in the space with artificial light.

The series was shot on a RED Epic camera, and although the raw footage is in 5K resolution, the composing was all done in a 4K frame, so that they had wiggle room to adjust shots during post-production for more precision.

The whole interview is interesting, and we recommend heading over to Go Creative for a listen. [NoFilmSchool]