Friday, March 2, 2007

Fresh off of his Academy Award for cinematography for Pan’s Labyrinth, Guillermo Navarro has reportedly agreed to team with Bollywood.

Navarro has agreed to work with Bollywood director Vishal Bharadwaj for a short film on AIDS. The 11-minute film is being created via funding from the Bill Gates Foundation. The film is slated to begin filming March 10 and will be called Blood Brothers.

"It would be in the thriller format. We don't want to preach to the audience. We want to entertain them. The message shouldn't come out as boring. All of us directors – Mira Nair, Farhan Akhtar, Santosh Sivan - are making films on various aspects of the HIV problem,” Bharadwaj told Glamsham magazine.

Navarro has photographed major films like A Night At The Museum, Hellboy and Stuart Little and has been a favorite of Texan Robert Rodrigues, filming Spy Kids, Desperado (aka El Mariachi 2) and From Dusk Til Dawn. Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro used Navarro on Hellboy and their Hellboy II is set for release in 2008.

While shooting Pan, Navarro used Moviecam compacts outfitted with Ultra Prime size lenses and variable primes (stocks 5246 and 5217 tungsten stock for daylight; 5218 for nighttime) He shot in format 1:85.

Navarro was born in Mexico City in 1955. He studied sociology at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.