DP Sam McCurdy Relives The Battle of Blackwater and Teleports Us Into Space

A first-person tour behind the process of shooting during this new golden age of television.

Cinematographer Sam McCurdy is an expert raconteur on all things filmmaking. If you don’t know McCurdy by name you might be familiar with his work. His recent projects include the Netflix series Lost in Space, and prior, he lensed Blackwater (S2E9), the Game of Thrones episode in which Stannis Baratheon’s fleet attempts to raid King’s Landing.

Blackwater changed the course of Game of Thrones, and perhaps influenced the scope of what can be done cinematically in modern television today. In an interview, McCurdy breaks down his approach, process, preferred tools, and offers advice to anyone coming up.

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