Back in 2012, following the filming of The Avengers, Joss Whedon startled fans by announcing that he’d completed a secret production, based on the work of little known writer, William Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing. In ultimate indie fashion, Whedon shot the adaptation at his home, in 12 days, casting actors he’d befriended on his other, better-known gigs, and brought in as director of photography Jay Hunter, who had worked on Whedon’s series Dollhouse.
Hunter gained acclaim for his black-and-white cinematography on the movie, which lead to other collaborations on Whedon projects, including working on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD series, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.
And, its put him into the “circle of Joss trust” — called upon by Whedon favorites Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion to lens their new crowd-funded series, Con Man, which just wrapped principal photography.
We were fortunate to catch up with Jay last month, just as the series neared the finish line, to talk about Con Man, his work since Much Ado, and his own podcast, “Best Job Ever.” He comes off as approachable, genuine and generous; ready to discuss his craft and shared some anecdotes from the set.
The Skype interview ran over an hour – so it’s been broken up into segments: