“What are we saying here?” That’s the question that motivated the camera operating team of Tim Spencer and Mike McEveety in their work on For All Mankind, for which they were nominated for Camera Operators of the Year in Television.
Set in an alternate history where the Soviets beat the United States to the Moon, For All Mankind explores the question of “what if the space race never ended?” For All Mankind was created by Ronald D. Moore, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi and is streaming on Apple TV+.
The series highlights characters who have to navigate the turbulent waters of politics and foreign relations as they attempt to push humanity toward the stars, taking risks, knowing they might fail, knowing they might make enemies, but knowing that the risk is worth it.
Though the stakes of a television production are not necessarily as dramatic as the looming threat of nuclear war, that freedom to take chances creatively the leeway to potentially fail and then try again–is crucial to achieving something of real worth.
In their conversation with Camera Operator, Spencer and McEveety went deep into both the benefits and the potential pitfalls of modern filmmaking technology. As much as these developments have unlocked new opportunities to tell new types of stories, there is risk in letting that technology get in the way of creative problem-solving and a collaborative spirit.
As with the progression of time in the series, technology marches ever onward, but when it comes to telling stories about humanity, we humans must continue to find a way to work together.