Named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit in 2016, DoP, Eben Bolter’s resume is crowded with recent work from the award-winning Chicken, to the critically acclaimed Netflix Original IBOY, to three mini-series in a row, including The Woman in White slated to air next month.
With a timeless yet timely theme about women in society and female oppression, The Woman in White, took Bolter to Belfast and throughout Ireland to capture the five-part dark thriller set in 1860’s Victorian London. His challenge was to portray a pre-electricity world, illuminated by daylight, gaslight, fireplaces and candles.
With barely a decade as a DoP, Bolter is a proponent of new tools, “I’m not loyal to how things were done 60 years ago. I love the modern technology that speeds us up on the floor. LED lights, make perfect sense to me.” Arri Skypanels in all sizes were all over this shoot. And right along with them were DoPchoice light softening and directing tools.
Bolter credits his gaffer Seamus Lynch with introducing him to DoPchoice. “I like to use soft sources that I can control one light at a time,” he explains, so the light isn’t spilling everywhere. It is about feeling real, not too glossy or overlit. We wanted to make it look like elegant natural 19th century candlelight, not big and in your face. Even the moonlight had to feel ambient. We kept referring to it as cinematic naturalism.”