Even though we’re all excited about Lando Calrissian returning to the Star Wars franchise, there’s another cool cat in the galaxy we need to welcome: Solo: A Star Wars Story cinematographer Bradford Young.
The cinematographer, who has worked with Dee Rees on Pariah, Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere and Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George and Where Is Kyra?, was interviewed by IndieWire about his work on the new Lucasfilm project.
His vision for the look of Solo was one of the most stable parts of the film’s turbulent gestation process, which included the firing of then-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and the hiring of Ron Howard.
“I’m not recreating myself on every film,” he said. “I’m generally working toward one project idea, and they wanted that for the film. Even with other directors leaving and another coming in, I was able to sustain that vision. If I felt like I was losing my identity, I wouldn’t have stayed…Everybody from top down was very supportive about me sustaining some level of my photographic identity in the film.”
Young’s next project is back with DuVernay for her Netflix miniseries Central Park Five detailing the story of the five teenagers who were wrongfully convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park.
“I’m going back to my friends, going back to the people I came up with, the people I grew up with,” he said, adding that he and DuVernay have been apart for too long. “(It’s) time to get back into the workshop and really try to do what we do.”