Finch: A Special SOC Video Conversation

On a post-apocalyptic earth, a robot built to protect the life of his creator’s beloved dog learns about life, love, friendship, and what it means to be human. Tom Hanks is Finch and the robot is played by Caleb Landry Jones.

Watch the multi-part interview with director Miguel Sapochnik, cinematographer Jo Willems, SBC and ASC, and camera operator Dave Thompson, SOC. They discuss life on set, the unique creative collaboration on Finch, and how their working relationship was built.

Finch: A Conversation with Director Miguel Sapochnik, Director of Photography Jo Willems, SBC & ASC, and Camera Operator Dave Thompson, SOC

Watch the full video above, or watch the chapters below.

Chapter 1: Introduction by Dave Thompson

Chapter 2: Getting Started & Inspirations

Chapter 3: Track & Dolly vs. Handheld

Chapter 4: Themes of the Film

Chapter 5: RV Life

Chapter 6: Where’s Tom?

Chapter 7: Everything Has Its Place

Chapter 8: Kill Your Darlings

Chapter 9: The Robot

Chapter 10: Back to Inspiration

Chapter 11: Keys to a Good Team

Chapter 12: The Brain Power

Chapter 13: Back in The RV

Chapter 14: A Lesson in Relationships

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Above Photo: Tom Hanks and Caleb Landry Jones as the robot in FINCH. Photo courtesy of Apple

TECH ON SET

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Panavision T-series expanded anamorphic lenses

Dave Thompson would like to give a special thanks to Karen Kuehn, the unit still photographer.

All photos courtesy of Apple