American Hustle Director of Photography Linus Sandgren spoke very highly of High Output and Charles River Studios in a recent article appearing in the January 2014 issue of American Cinematographer magazine entitled “The Sting of the 70s” written by Mark Dillon.
In his account of the break neck shooting schedule of over 100 locations in only 42 days in Boston and the surrounding areas Sandgren stated he and gaffer Patrick Murray had a “very happy and smooth” experience with New England lighting-equipment house High Output and its Charles River Studios location, where the crew shot poor-man’s-process car scenes.*
Now living in the U.S., Stockholm native Linus Sandgren began his career in Swedish cinema. His first American feature film was with director Gus van Sant’s Promised Land starring Matt Damon. Sandgren was the first cinematographer to work with van Sant following the death of DP Harris Savides, his long-time friend and colleague who had passed away on October 9, 2012.
In a very short time Sandgren has had the honor of working with three great directors each with diversely different directorial styles. In an article appearing on the Below the Line website** Sandgren is quoted as saying, “Gus lets people bring things to the table. He’s a choicemaker and tries to find authenticity in the world. Lasse likes to experiment and take risks but he’s also a storyboarder and more of a classical director. And David is like a train rushing forward at 180 miles an hour and we’ve all got to hold on, including David. It’s very cool.”
American Hustle garnered much attention for the over the top characters presented in this film loosely based on the ABSCAM scandal back in the 1970s, and went on to be nominated for 10 Academy Awards – another successful project for David O. Russell, building on the triumphant wins for The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook. High Output also supplied the primary lighting package for The Fighter in 2009.
High Output was very pleased to have been a part of the American Hustle project. We would also like to thank Linus Sandgren and Patrick Murray for their kind words and thoughts.
*The Sting of the 70s by Mark Dillon p.30 American Cinematographer January 2014