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"Getting Guillermo Navarro as my director of photography was a gift,” says D.J. Caruso. "I've been a fan of his over the years, but every time I checked his availability, he was already booked. Finally when ‘The Hobbit' was pushed, his window opened up, and I jumped on it like a flash. It has been an incredible experience working with him.” "Guillermo Navarro's lighting comes from a very emotional place, which I much prefer to the technical side. Together we have formed this great synergy and the frames of the movie are just stunning.”—D.J. Caruso, director

"I'm always on the lookout for movies that will allow me to create realities and not necessarily just document an existing reality,” explains Navarro. "Even though, in this case, they are completely tied to our existing realities, and contemporary to our world, there is the other story about characters visiting our world that opens up how we see ourselves in our surroundings—that was what triggered my interest in this film.”

Navarro explains how his approach evolved: "I think that I have accumulated cultural baggage through my process that has allowed me to see things in a particular way. That comes from growing up in the third world where the visuals and the colors and the smells are very much a part of you. That's how I grew up and how I fell into using images as a way to express myself. My strongest influence was a cinematographer called Ricardo Aronovich, who was a mentor for me when I was young. It's not that I copied his style, but I learned from him how to prep a movie, how to make your point of view for what you can bring to the table and how to not have a bag of tricks or solutions. Many people expect movies to look a certain way: Space movies should look like this or Westerns should look like this. I don't believe it should be that way.”

Actor Timothy Olyphant is a big fan of Guillermo Navarro's work. "‘I Am Number Four' is going to look unbelievable,” says Olyphant. "Guillermo's lighting is just outstanding.

"I really love the way he works as well,” Olyphant adds. "He's named all his cameras after women in famous Spanish literature. His crew has worked on all of his films and he comes with a whole family of people. It's a wonderful environment to be around. He brought a great atmosphere to the whole set. I felt like I was collaborating as much with Guillermo as I was with D.J.; he is so passionate and engaging. With both those guys it felt like a real dialogue was happening.”

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