Cinematographer Frederick Elmes, who was named as the winner of EnergaCamerimage Film Festival’s First Look – TV Pilots Competition on Saturday for his work on the Amazon series “Hunters,” spoke about the show’s first episode “In the Belly of the Whale” during an online Q&A earlier this week. Elmes explained that the story – following a diverse band of Nazi hunters in New York in 1977, who discover that war criminals are conspiring to create a Fourth Reich – was actually based in reality.
“The stories were told to [the “Hunters” showrunner] David Weil by his grandmother, who [was a Holocaust survivor] and has experienced much of the turmoil of that era. It’s not based on any factual document, but it is researched by him and he was very concerned that his grandmother’s story should be told. That was really the motivating force for [director] Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and me – it was to get behind his vision,” he said.
Counting Jordan Peele among its executive producers and starring Logan Lerman, Al Pacino, Lena Olin, Jerrika Hinton and Saul Rubinek, “Hunters” was r