Playboy interviewed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set photographer Clay Enos, and premiered a really cool behind-the-scenes photo of Batman and Superman’s rooftop fight as well. In the interview, Enos talked about the challenges of shooting against a green screen, his favorite Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star to shoot, and what it’s like working with Zack Snyder. Check out some highlights below.
Being a set photographer is not what it used to be. What challenges does green screen create for you?
I think the main concern is always, What is the moment being portrayed? And not getting too distracted by the fact that there’s a green hue on [the actors] or there’s nothing behind them. Then you sort of pick and choose. If it’s just some chitchat on another planet, you might just let it go. Or if it is something dramatic like a fight between Batman and Superman, then you shoot everything regardless. The next step you would do is try to put some set piece behind them so when they do in fact go to build the finished product you’ve kind of given them a chance. For sure I did that on 300: Rise Of An Empire. That whole movie was done in stages. There are lots of sea battles. So you just look for good set pieces to put behind them by finding the right angle and then carrying on.
Of the three leads in Batman v Superman—Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Godot—who was the easiest to shoot?
It’s hard to say. Gal is so beautiful and strong and awesome. She’s a ton of fun and she’s new to the genre of superhero films. But then Henry is the spitting image of the Superman that you have in your head. It’s crazy. When he’s got his cape on and he’s in full costume, you’re shooting Superman. The only other male icon that’s in your head for your whole life is Santa Claus. And then Batman is a giant, hulking awesomeness of dark who presents challenges because his costume is dark. He’s also so awesome that you let it go. On some level it’s just a chin for Ben as Batman. But what a chin it is.
You’ve worked with Zack for nearly a decade now. To what do you credit your long association?
There’s nobody like Zack Snyder. He is so effervescent and talented, and he inspires everyone who works around him to do their best. I’ve just been trying to do that, and he recognizes and appreciates it. It’s family at this point. Hollywood is a fickle friend, so I won’t presume to always work for him, but wouldn’t that be great if I could? I work my ass off just like he does. We love what we’re doing. I’ve come around to it a little slower. He’s always known what he wanted to do before college. I had no idea what set photography was, and after Watchmen I thought, “Man, I’ll never do that again.” But sure enough, I figured it out a little better and now I’ve got it down to where I am not killing myself every day to get the job done.
For more, check out the full interview at the source link below.