Antoine Fuqua’s newest thriller, The Guilty, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a LAPD cop working a night shift at a 911 call center. When he becomes obsessed with a particular caller, he dangers on unravelling completely as he desperately tries to save a life. Gyllenhaal’s performance is among his best, and Fuqua’s direction escalates tension to the near breaking point.
Cinematographer Maz Makhani faced several unique challenges when lensing the tension in a confined space. Making the shoot even more complicated, The Guilty filmed during the pre-vaccine COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, Makhani and team rose to the challenge and delivered a film that subtlety tells a story through its detailed shots and influential lighting.
Here, Makhani talks to Awards Daily about his work on the film. He describes the atmosphere of a COVID-19 set and the protocols that were in place to ensure everyone’s safety. He also talks about working with Fuqua and Gyllenhaal who are operating at the tops of their games.