Deep Fried Interview: Bad Turn Worse cinematographer Jeff Bierman

The quote above slips out of the mouth of teenage bookworm Sue (Mackenzie Davis) in the first post-credits scene of the new Texas-set neo noir Bad Turn Worse. It’s followed by a 1990s-era Tarantino-ish digression on the semantics of biscuits and gravy at the fast food joint Whataburger.

Considering my affection for Thompson’s misanthropic crime novels and Whataburger’s buttery goodness, Bad Turn Worse pretty much had me at “biscuit and gravy.” However, the film took a circuitous route getting there. The Whataburger scene was shot in Los Angeles nearly a year after principal photography wrapped in Texas, part of a series of pick-ups that shaped the film into its final form. Continue Reading ›

Deep Fried Interview: Obvious Child cinematographer Chris Teague

Before lensing Obvious Child, director Gillian Robespierre and cinematographer Chris Teague looked at only a handful of films for reference. They peeked at Woody Allen’s 1970s and 1980s work and glanced at Lena Dunham’s 2010 film Tiny FurnitureBut when it came to slogging through romcoms, Teague didn’t see much point in subjecting himself to hours of Notting Hills in order to familiarize himself with the genre’s cliches.

“The script for Obvious Child was so far from any mainstream romantic comedy that I wasn’t concerned that we’d make anything that felt like that,” Teague said. Continue Reading ›