BEHIND THE SCENES

‘Joker’ Cinematographer Lawrence Sher Breaks Down Shooting Two Pivotal Scenes

7 November 2019

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‘Joker’ Cinematographer Lawrence Sher Breaks Down Shooting Two Pivotal Scenes

If you’ve seen Joker you’ll know one of the key scenes is when Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is on the subway and in a “defining moment” transforms into Joker. The entire sequence is like a “fever dream moment,” as cinematographer Lawrence Sher describes it. From the camera angles to the lighting and colors, even the technology used, all added to the tensions of that scene.

Sher breaks down the stair dance that comes towards the end of the movie, once Fleck has fully transformed into Joker and does his “Victory dance,” “descending into his own darkness.”

The D.P. takes a deep dive into the key scenes, framing the scene below and breaking down the main elements.

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Photo Credit: Warner Bros.

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