‘Precious’ director Lee Daniels fired DP with “no idea” about lighting Black skin

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“Whether we were going to take a financial hit because of it, I just closed it blindly”

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Precious Director Lee Daniels has revealed that he fired several “abusive” crew members on his film, including his director of photography, who could not properly light the dark skin.

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The filmmaker recently opened up about his 2009 drama with actor Gabourey Sidibe, saying that he “didn’t feel good” about shooting it in two weeks.

“I had a white line producer, a white Eddie, he also read [reviews that said my last film] shadow Boxer Worst film ever, and he had no respect for me, my vision, or whatever it was,” the filmmaker explained. Entertainment Weekly.

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“They were New Yorkers who saw it as a job. I kept coming home like, This doesn’t look right, she doesn’t look well, the set looks weird. I felt like I was giving birth to an alien. Well, really, so I did something that now I don’t even know what to dare to do, but I fired everyone. I put it off.”

“I was too nervous to make sure it was beautifully lit. It didn’t feel right,” Danielle continued. “Even though we were going to take a financial hit because of it, I just blindly did it. Gave.”

Sidibe explained that the original director of photography had “no idea” about how to brighten her skin.

“Once we were shooting in a literal gutter under a bridge—not a ‘set’ gutter, like, gutter—with actual green mud on the ground,” she said.

“I had to lie down so they could light me on the ground, and I swear to you, I was on the ground for more than an hour when they were trying to light me up. From time to time, I was such a DP who doesn’t know how to brighten the difference between black and brown skin, and that was a big problem with her.”

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Daniels eventually replaced his DP with Andrew Dunn, who shot King George’s Madness And Bodyguard.

Precious It was eventually nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

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