The first part of Denis Villeneuve’s take on sci-fi novel Dune will be a “standalone epic”, according to cinematographer Greig Fraser.
Villeneuve’s blockbuster adaptation of the Frank Herbert novel has been split into two movies, with the first due to arrive in cinemas later this year.
Fraser told Collider that this film is a “fully formed story in itself”, rather than just a set-up for the subsequent second instalment.
“It’s a fully standalone epic film that people will get a lot out of when they see it,” he said.
“It was quite an adventure visually. It was a beautiful experience making it. The people involved with it, I was overwhelmed.
“Some of the actors, as well as being insanely talented actors, are just lovely, lovely people who I’ve become very close to since then.”
Fraser has recently worked on a number of major franchises, serving as director of photography for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and several episodes of The Mandalorian, as well as The Batman.
He said working on both Dune and Star Wars was an interesting challenge given how much Frank Herbert’s work inspired George Lucas.
He said: “I had to be careful doing both [Dune and The Mandalorian] not to repeat myself.
“Also not just for the sake of the movie, but for fun. I hate to do the same thing twice.”
Dune stars Timothée Chalamet as young protagonist Paul Atreides, with the cast packed out by big names, including Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Zendaya, Josh Brolin and Jason Momoa.
The story focuses on the stewardship of the desert planet Arrakis, which is the only source of the most valuable substance in the universe — spice.
Dune is set to arrive in cinemas on 18 December.