Cinematography: <I>Moon Knight</I>'s Gregory Middleton
Issue: May/June 2022

Cinematography: Moon Knight's Gregory Middleton

Disney+’s Moon Knight, based on the popular Marvel comic, follows mild-mannered gift-shop employee When Steven Grant, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Grant ultimately discovers that he has dissociative identity disorder, and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven & Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while also being thrust into a deadly mystery involving the gods of Egypt. 

Directed by Mohamed Diab, Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, the series stars Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy. Season 1 of Moon Knight consists of six episodes, four of which were shot by Emmy-winning cinematographer Gregory Middleton (Watchmen, Game of Thrones).  Middleton served as DP on Episodes 1, 3, 5 and 6, and recently shared with Post his experience working on the show.

What camera and formats were you working with for Moon Knight?

“The cameras were Arri Alexa Mini LF, Arri Signature Primes, and some Fujinon Zooms. We shot in Arri Raw 4K.”

You worked on four episodes. Do any stand out as more challenging than the others?

“Episode 5 contained a lot of challenges. It was a complex journey for Steven and Marc, which had to be disorienting, but also eventually make a story and show emotional points very clear as we went — placing visual clues throughout the show and episode partially indicating the truths that will be revealed. The major filming challenge was helping it be seamless that Oscar Issac is playing both parts. To create this illusion in a way that felt organic in the scenes, making it invisible so the audience forgets he’s playing both. We used various techniques — some motion control, doubles, match edits and locked-off cameras.”