“The Apparition” and Daniel Pearl
Daniel Pearl, ASC leaves for Germany this week to begin pre-production planning for “The Apparation,” a modern day ghost story that takes place in the Los Angeles area in contemporary times. The film will primarily be produced on sets at Babelsberg Studios in Berlin over a nine week span. The final two weeks of production will take place at practical locations around Los Angeles. Chances are that Pearl is feeling a sense of deja vu .
The cinematographer launched his career when he shot The Texas Chainsaw Massacre straight out of film school in 1974. Pearl was the uncontested master of the fright film genre through the 1980s when his focuss shifted to MTV and the new world of music videos. He was a primary architect in the design of that new genre of filmmaking, which made a profound impact on the grammar of visual story-telling.
The Apparition is a Joel Silver production for Dark Castle Entertainment slated for release by Warner Bros. It features Ashley Green (Twilight) in a leading role. Todd Lincoln, who authored the script, is taking his first turn at the helm.
The story revolves around a young couple who unleash and are haunted by a supernatural presence. The creative challenge in this type of endeavor is creating a visual environment where a ghost story is both believable and frightening.
Stay tuned: No one does that better than Daniel Pearl.