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INTERVIEW: Ricardo Diaz Slices Open the ‘TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE’

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"The biggest goal for us was to find a way to honor the visual of that first film [The Texas Chainsaw Massacre]. The Grindhouse aesthetic but elevate it a little bit in line with our sensibility and modern sensibility. Cause that's a lot of what the film tackles. Right. Sort of old verses new."

- Ricardo Diaz, Cinematographer

Back in 1974, Bronx born, cinematographer Daniel Pearl, ASC made his feature length debut with ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘. In an interview for StudentFilmmakers Magazine in 2007 Daniel said, “I’ll talk about the look of that film, the moves that I designed, the operating of the camera, that’s all valid. The lighting of that film – I knew nothing about lighting at the time. I thought I did, but there’s so much to learn about lighting. I’m still learning today. I’ve been a DP for 34 years, and I’m still learning about lighting… Lighting is a tricky thing. No one ever thinks they know everything there is to know about it. And I could tell you this much, when I was 23, I didn’t know very much about it at all – I thought I did.” Daniel went on to have a very successful career making films, commercial and music videos. In the music industry he has calibrated with majority of the greats like Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Guns N’ Roses and even Latino stars, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin. In 2006 he even shot the remake of ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre‘ starring Jessica Biel. As of this article Daniel has accumulated 299 title credits as a cinematographer.

The connection that Daniel has to the new NetflixTexas Chainsaw Massacre‘ is that he went to the same school, the University of Texas as cinematographer Ricardo Diaz and the director David Blue Garcia.

Cinematographer Ricardo Diaz is Los Angeles based but born and raised in Texas. He is known for his work on ‘First Girl I Loved‘ (2016) which won the Next Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, ‘Brian Banks‘ (2018) which won at the Los Angeles Film Festival for Best Fiction Film Audience Award, and recently the film ‘The Violent Heart‘ (2020) was accepted at the Tribeca Film Festival. He is also part of the team for the series ‘Stranger Things‘ for season 4 in which Ricardo shot a major scene.

Netflix gave Latin Horror the oppertunity to interview director David Blue Garcia, producer Fede Álvarez and Cinematographer Ricardo Diaz. Three Latinos that are reviving the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. With Ricardo, Latin Horror got to dive deep into the lighting and tones, horror films that he grew up with, and his bond with director David Blue Garcia. Check out Ricardo’s interview below as well as David and Fede.

WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEWS BELOW:

Ricardo Diaz, Cinematographer of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’

Director, David Blue Garcia – Click on the link HERE!!!

Producer, Fede Álvarez – Click on the link HERE!!!

Texas Chainsaw Massacre streams on Netflix, Febuary 18th, 2020​
Christian A. Morán
Christian A. Morán has been working on feature films, shorts, music videos and in documentaries, for which he won an award in 2002 at the Aurora Film Festival. As a Production Manager and Senior Editor at Media Blasters Inc., he has worked on and revived numerous Cult and Horror titles such as Lucio Fulci's Zombie 2, Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer and One Missed Call. He also worked on post-production for Fever Dreams' feature, "Shadow: Dead Riot", starring Tony Todd of Candyman and worked on "Death Trance" directed by Yuji Shimomura and starring Versus' Tak Sakaguchi. Christian has also worked on animated titles including Invader Zim, Berserk, Giant Robo, Samurai Deeper Kyo, 12 Kingdoms and Voltron: Defender of the Universe. He also produced and edited a promotion video for a branch of The United Nations called Alliance of Civilizations which featured President Barack Obama. Currently, he is working with legendary producer Roger Corman and Code Red DVD, who handle titles from MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer). At this time he is producing and directing his own films such as Silentious (2013), Flawed God (2014), Halloween Treat (2014) and the award winning film, Let's Play Dead Girl (2015).

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