Richard Donner, Danny Glover and Mel Gibson filming the original Lethal Weapon.
A famous action scene moment occurs with Mel Gibson running down Hollywood Boulevard. “It was hard to get an exposure,” remembers Stephen Goldblatt. “There wasn’t much lighting. Now with digital it’s a piece of cake; you wouldn’t think twice. But then shooting anamorphic on Lethal 2 it was a problem to get exposure. One of the things I did was I flashed the film stock; it was called 5295 at the time. It was a contrasty and fast Kodak colour stock. To get exposure there were tricks to flashing and pushing the negative. It was difficult. Hollywood Boulevard has a lot of ambient light and then we added to it slightly. It did exercise my mind to get exposure there.”
Many thanks to Stephen Goldblatt for taking the time for this interview and make sure to read his Picture Perfect profile.
Trevor Hogg is a freelance video editor and writer who currently resides in Canada.