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Interview: Cinematographer Eric Steelberg Discusses the Look of ‘Ahsoka’ and Getting to Play in the ‘Star Wars’ Sandbox

I’ve long enjoyed the cinematography of Eric Steelberg, especially in concert with Jason Reitman. Together, they’ve shot films like Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult, Labor Day, Men, Women & Children, Tully, The Front Runner, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Steelberg has also served as DP on other movies I’m fond of, including (500) Days of Summer, Going the Distance, Draft Day, and Dolemite Is My Name. On the small screen, he just recently served as cinematographer on half of the episodes of Ahsoka. With the series having aired its finale recently, I’m happy to share a conversation about the work that he and I had earlier in the fall.

Below, you can listen to my chat with Steelberg. We talk a bit about his career and my admiration for the work, as well as what it was like to play in the Star Wars sandbox. He’s a fan, so working on Ahsoka in some ways was a dream come true. We talk about visual effects, how different projects come about, and more. It’s a really interesting conversation, so be sure to listen to it before or after you finish Ahsoka on Disney+…

(L-R): Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) in Lucasfilm’s STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.

Here now is my interview with Ahsoka cinematographer Eric Steelberg. Enjoy:

Ahsoka is currently streaming on Disney+ in its entirety!


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