Erik Messerschmidt has claimed victory in the category of Best Cinematography at the 93rd Academy Awards for David Fincher film Mank.
Mank (2020) was beautifully shot by Erik Messerschmidt ASC in black and white, with scattered visual references to Citizen Kane (1941) – often cited as the best film ever made. The original cinematographer for Citizen Kane, Gregg Toland was incredibly influential, according to Messerschmidt.
Other nominees were Sean Bobbitt for Judas And The Black Messiah, Dariusz Wolski for News Of The World, Joshua James Richards for Nomadland, and Phedon Papamichael for The Trial of The Chicago 7. You can read more about the cinematography on all of these productions in Cinematography World magazine.
In this Netflix exclusive, Mank cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt ASC discusses the approach to shooting the acclaimed film – from the use of B&W photography and deep focus, to distinguishing flashback sequences and distilling the visual storytelling with light, shadow and texture.