As the filmmakers behind Disney-Pixar’s hit “Coco
” slowly walked through a Mexican village and the nearby cemetery during a Dia de los Muertos
celebration while on a research trip for the movie, they were overcome by something that they saw. They knew if they were going to get the feeling and look of this tradition right, it had to be translated for the film.
“It was the most incredible thing I’d seen, there were candles everywhere and the light was amazing,” says Danielle Feinberg
, director of photography, lighting, for “Coco
.” “I thought, ‘I am so lucky that I get to help make that on screen,’ and also, ‘How on earth are we going to make that on screen?’”
At Pixar, the Dp position is split into two jobs to better help the animation production process. There’s a director of photography, camera, who comes into the process early to map out camera moves, and a director