“The Big Lebowski” Cinematographer Breaks Down Its Most Iconic Shot | [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]


– The iconic
“inside the bowling ball shot” in “The Big Lebowski,” how did you do it? – I think, if it was the
one that you’re talking about, we had the camera on a spit, quite literally, you know,
a revolving spit on a dolly. So, somebody’s pushing the dolly. The camera’s over there, and then somebody’s
revolving the spit, so… It’s very simple, really. That’s the trick, isn’t it? – Yeah.
– Yeah. Hopefully, you don’t see what’s
behind it, you’re just in it. – Did anyone on set know that it was gonna be such a phenomenon? – No, definitely not. Everybody, including Joel and Ethan, thought it was really weird. It was weird, it was the strangest shoot. I mean, just in terms
of what we were doin’, it just seemed very bizarre. So, it was, no, it’s gratifying
that it’s so successful, but how can you tell? I mean, “Lebowski”
suddenly, what, comes on and now it’s like, you
know, this iconic movie, and yet “Hudsucker Proxy,” I thought, was pretty great as
well and that, you know. So, how do you tell? I don’t know.

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