Interview: Cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel Discusses ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Joey Magidson

March 4, 2021

Not many cinematographers have as diverse a filmography as Newton Thomas Sigel. On top of Spike Lee‘s Da 5 Bloods, we also have the just released Cherry, not to mention Three Kings, The Usual Suspects, and X2: X-Men United. Then, there’s Drive, which features some of the most iconic cinematography of the last decade or so. However, Sigel has somehow never been nominated for an Academy Award. His Oscar prospects have never been better though, as Da 5 Bloods has him on the cusp of his first nod. While voters prepare to cast their ballots, I got to speak to Sigel about shooting Lee’s latest movie. We bring you that conversation today.

Not many cinematographers have as diverse a filmography as Newton Thomas Sigel. On top of Spike Lee‘s Da 5 Bloods, we also have the just released Cherry, not to mention Three Kings, The Usual Suspects, and X2: X-Men United. Then, there’s Drive, which features some of the most iconic cinematography of the last decade or so. However, Sigel has somehow never been nominated for an Academy Award. His Oscar prospects have never been better though, as Da 5 Bloods has him on the cusp of his first nod. While voters prepare to cast their ballots, I got to speak to Sigel about shooting Lee’s latest movie. We bring you that conversation today.