Life in Chester’s Mill is, to mangle an old phrase, a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside of an enigma—and currently existing beneath a massive, impenetrable dome of unknown origin. This premise, suggestive of humans literally being studied under glass, sounds like something out of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone, but is actually derived from a Stephen King novel. Debuting with phenomenally high ratings, Under the Dome is now in its second season, shooting exclusively in North Carolina, with stage work accomplished in Wilmington.
Director of Photography David Geddes, ASC, CSC, had viewed the first season (shot by Cort Fey, ASC) before getting a call from the production. "I had worked with producer Jack Bender previously," he notes, "so when he requested me, I didn’t have to interview—or even think about it. I just said ‘yes’ when they asked if I was interested. The story really intrigued me, plus being part of something of which you really don’t know where things are going was different. The creatives figure out a storyline for the season in advance, but looking for logic within a single script can make you go astray—and drive you nuts in the process! During prep, they let us know if a particular aspect happening on this episode was going to be mentioned or followed up on a couple episodes down the line, so we had enough foreknowledge to tell the story properly. I try to keep my end reality-based because that helps ground things for the audience."