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Director JD Dillard takes emotional storytelling to new heights within the interval epic “Devotion,” a transferring true story about U.S. Navy fighter pilots Jesse Brown (Jonathan Majors) and Tom Hudner (Glen Powell) and their heroism through the Korean Struggle. In photographing the harrowing narrative, cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt tells The Envelope they seen the movie as a drama first, “a story about friendship and sacrifice” whereas the motion was secondary. Even so, the awe-inspiring battle sequences place viewers contained in the cockpits with the characters to provide an “intimate and real” sensation, whereas aerial pictures, just like the one above, have been designed from precise fight footage. “It was important that the film didn’t feel like Hollywood drama intercut with random second unit action shots,” Messerschmidt says. “JD, myself, Michael FitzMaurice (aerial director of photography) and Kevin LaRosa (aerial coordinator) spent a lot of time together designing our sequences so they felt intentional and cohesive.” Including to the intimacy, imagery was captured in massive format with comparatively extensive lenses, particularly for close-ups. “The camera was often just a few feet from the actors,” notes Messerschmidt. “I think it brings the audience into the scenes so they feel a part of it and not just silent observers.”