“It was during the shooting of a period movie that my interest went toward lighting,” recalls chief lighting technician Jean Courteau, whose credits include 300, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD and most recently, WHITE HOUSE DOWN. The summer blockbuster stars Channing Tatum as a police officer who must protect the President (played by Jamie Foxx) as the Capitol is under attack.

Now deep into a career with over 40 feature film credits as a gaffer, Courteau’s latest project reteams him with director Roland Emmerich. It also gave him the opportunity to light for cinematographer Anna Foerster, ASC. Though the film takes place in Washington, D.C., the majority of production was shot on stages in Montreal at Locations Michel Trudel. Gigantic exterior and interior sets of the White House were built with painstaking care; the team was challenged with making it all look seamless and real. Michel Trudel supplied the lighting package along with ALEXA Plus cameras, ARRI / ZEISS Master Primes, the ARRI / ZEISS Lightweight Zoom LWZ-1 and Fujinon Premiere Zooms.