Deal With a Devil

August 31, 2022

Cinematographer Natalie Kingston guides viewers into the tense, dark heart of the limited series Black Bird.

Inspired by real events, the Apple TV+ limited series Black Bird tells the story of Jimmy Keene (Taron Egerton), who, in exchange for early release from his 10-year prison sentence, agrees to be placed in a maximum-security prison where he’s tasked with eliciting a confession from suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser). “The heart of this story is a character study that dives deep into a complex examination of misogyny and the spectrum of evil that lies within humanity,” says cinematographer Natalie Kingston, who photographed all six episodes. “My goal for the cinematography was to create a darkly textured and viscerally unnerving feeling to this underground prison world.”

Kingston worked with Panavision New Orleans to assemble a camera and lens package that included Panavision H Series optics and a Panavised Alexa Mini LF camera. Panavision recently caught up with Kingston to discuss her work on the show, which began streaming on July 8.