London-based cinematographer Eben Bolter is a long-time friend of the team at ARRI Rental UK, who have supported him since some of his earliest projects. Now in high demand for productions all over the world, Bolter is generally known for single-camera dramas and thrillers, but "Avenue 5" required him to oversee up to four camera operators shooting simultaneously. He speaks here about his visual approach to the sci-fi comedy series created by Iannucci, whose previous credits include "The Thick of It" and "Veep."
What drew you to the project?
It was a combination of factors. First of all, working with Armando Iannucci, who I think is a genius, and trying to make a multi-camera comedy work in a science fiction environment--in a way where the actors had absolute freedom--just sounded like a really exciting challenge. And the fact it was for HBO, with these enormous, incredible sets.