Cinematographer Paul Koestner Discusses Crafting a Scene Entirely out of One Shot in “Louie”

Cinematographer Paul Koestner Discusses Crafting a Scene Entirely out of One Shot in “Louie”

From Sight, Sound and Story: The Art of Cinematography 2015. Recorded live at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on September 30th, 2015.

Paul Koestner has been a cinematographer for over three decades since graduating from one of those film schools nobody in the business cares about. His projects have included features, television series, commercials, industrials, documentaries and webcast series. Paul is perhaps best known through his work with Louis CK, with whom he has collaborated for the last twenty-plus years. Along with the FX Series bearing Mr. CK’s name, the two have worked together on projects such as The Chris Rock Show, The Dana Carvey Show and numerous short-form pieces both personal and professional. Early obscure works include the film shorts Caesar Salad and Ice Cream. Paul shot Louie’s first feature, Tomorrow Night, as well as the stand-up feature, Louis C.K.: Hilarious, the first of its genre to be accepted for presentation at Sundance. Recent collaborations include live performance pieces, Live At The Beacon Theatre and Oh My God.

“Louie” is an American comedy-drama television series on the FX network that began airing in 2010. It is written, directed, edited, and produced by the show’s creator, stand-up comedian Louis C.K. He also stars in the show as a fictionalized version of himself, a comedian and newly divorced father raising his two daughters in New York City. The show has a loose format atypical for television comedy series, consisting of largely unconnected storylines and segments (described by FX president John Landgraf as “extended vignettes”) that revolve around Louie’s life, punctuated by live stand-up performances.

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