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THE EYES
DAN MINDEL
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“I was just immediately enthralled by his positivity,” says Dan Mindel, of meeting J.J. Abrams to discuss Mission: Impossible III. “His momentum was enormous. It was like a huge, bright light in the room.” Mindel compares the director with the late Tony Scott (for whom he shot Enemy Of The State, Spy Game and Domino), citing a similar energy and working environment. Scott would know each of the crew’s names (“which is a huge feat on a movie of two, three hundred people”) and give them his real focus. “He got their undivided attention. And that’s what J.J. does. Everyone ends up wanting 
to do their best work.” The DP reflects fondly on Abrams’ humour — “He’s forever taking the piss out of me” — and a great experience on Star Trek Into Darkness. And although Abrams is moving on to direct Star Wars, Mindel is confident that in his role as Trek producer he’ll still ensure the quality 
of the next instalment: “He will have his eye on it. 
I have complete faith he’ll guard it very carefully.”

 


 

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