Robert Richardson, Alwin Kuchler, Danny Cohen, Linus Sandgren, Masanobu Takayanagi and Mandy Walker. If those names don't mean anything to you, it's probably time to sit down and meet the wonderful minds behind some of this year's best-looking movies. After all, these six people are some of the best cinematographers in the game, having worked on "The Hateful Eight," "Steve Jobs," "Spotlight," "Truth," "Joy" and "The Danish Girl," respectively, in the past year.
Over the course of The Hollywood Reporter's one-hour discussion, the dynamic group delves into the cinematographer's role on set and touches upon filmmaking frustrations and how they play into their personal relationships with the directors they work with.
"A great script can only be made better by good cinematographer," Cohen remarks. “You can have bad cinematography and a fantastic script and it can still be an amazing film."
Adds Kuchler, "To some degree, you have to try and understand what the director tries to achieve and how he is trying to achieve it. Our job is to support the vision, but be devil's advocate. There should be some friction."
And those are just some of the best moments from the first fifteen minutes. Watch the roundtable in its entirety above or online at The Hollywood Reporter.