Cinematography

“Swimmers” is distinguished in post-production by being one of the first low-budget films in the U.S. to be completed 100% digitally. Undergoing a process called “Digital Intermediate,” each frame of “Swimmers’” entire 35 mm negative was scanned into a digital file, which was then color corrected and digitally enhanced under supervision of cinematographer Rodney Taylor at Post Lost Studios in Los Angeles, a leader in this new technique. When finished, all of the digital files were recorded back to 35mm film for conventional projection.

Taylor was born and raised on the coast of North Carolina, and studied film at the University of North Carolina. He began his career shooting live sports for ESPN, ABC, TBS, and others, and in 1988, he moved to Los Angeles and began working as an assistant on IMAX films and features. Taylor has gone on to be a successful cinematographer for numerous features, IMAX films, and documentaries and has been shooting for over 20 years. He first collaborated with Doug Sadler on “Riders” in 2001. Other feature credits include “Sparkler” and “Morning.” In 1999, Taylor received the International Cinematographers Guild Film Showcase Award for his work on the 35mm short film GRIND. In 2003, he received the Kodak Vision Award for his Excellence in the IMAX format.

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