A Conversation with “Power of the Dog” Director of Photography Ari Wegner

Wegner calls Campion’s way of working “a huge revelation” that changed the way he views creative endeavors. “Before this movie, I thought you could find solutions by working harder and pushing harder.” She remembers Campion casually asking, while Wegner was in creative frustration, “Do you have your bathers with you?” At first Wegner hesitated, she recalls, thinking, “We have so much work to do!” How could we go swimming now? She reluctantly went, and “behold, you are feeling a lot better than before swimming, although you may not necessarily find solutions.” ”

She continues: “Taking a nap, going for a walk, sleeping, cooking a meal are also productive. Creativity is a fragile thing, and you have to feel good, secure, and relaxed for an idea to come up. Just pushing does not guarantee the result.

Wegner on the set.Photo: Kirsty Griffin / Netflix

Wegner is an anomaly in a still predominantly male field: in 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences appointed its very first woman in the cinematography category: Rachel Morrison for Muddy. “It annoys me to think that in 93 years of Oscars, there has been only one female nominee,” Wegner says, his voice rising. “It’s a shame that we’re only getting half of the talent pool. Think about how many amazing cinematographers we could know if this was an option for everyone to pursue. ”

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