The Sopranos: Behind the Scenes

Shooting the Sopranos

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The Sopranos: Behind the Scenes

Shooting the Sopranos

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What makes The Sopranos look so different from other television shows? Director of Photography Alik Sakharov, ASC offers a scene-by-scene view.

As The Sopranos' original director of photography (he now alternates episodes with Phil Abraham) Alik Sakharov says the show's signature look can be traced directly back to series creator David Chase. "David wanted a look that would have its own two feet," he says. "From the pilot, we would sit down with the whole script and break the scenes down into shots. That's what you do with feature films. But the approach was very different for television."