‘The Master’ Cinematographer Mihai Malaimare Jr.: 
Director’s Finders Aren’t Dead, They’re Just Going Digital

The shooter shares how he collaborates with directors (and extolls Coppola’s ‘crazy ideas.’)

Romanian-born DP Mihai Malaimare Jr. made his name in the mid-aughts with a trio of Francis Ford Coppola films: Youth Without Youth, Tetro, and Twixt. His reputation for darkly stylish visuals was cemented when he shot Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master in 2012. This year, a Blumhouse thriller that he lensed for director Dennis Iliadis will be released. The film, called Delirium, follows a former mental patient who believes that the mansion he inherited is haunted.

In an interview with Redrock Micro co-founder Brian Valente, Malamaire shared how his early career was shaped by still photography and DIY rigs, how Coppola’s ‘crazy ideas’ helped him develop a visual style, and why the director’s finder continues to be an important tool, especially in the digital age. Valente’s company developed the retroFlex rig described in their discussion. Read the whole interview, published exclusively on No Film School, below.

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