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Screen Grabs
Lost in Space in its Second Season
Gallery II

Updated with Fifteen New Images (scroll down to the bottom of the page), 5 December 2003

All Screengrabs From
"Wreck of the Robot"
Episode 42
Original Airdate: 14 December 1966
Production Number: 9514

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Lost In Space In the Dark

The following screen grabs show off the innovative and artistic lighting effects of the Lost in Space cinematographers, under the supervision of Frank Carson. Compared to black and white film, especially the nitrate stocks of the 1920s and 1930s, color film requires far more light if it is to be exposed properly. Consequently color cinematography in low light situations is very difficult and usually avoided or, where unavoidable, simulated using filters. Frank Carson and his team, however, managed to capture some exquisitely lit night time scenes in this episode. The emphasis on shadow and, indeed, the camera focus on the shadows cast by the Saticons and the robot against the Jupiter II are among the most artistic, technically challenging, and aesthetically satisfying examples of cinematography on record. These scenes are in keeping with the artistic lighting and camera work of the best expressionistic horror films of the 1920s and 1930s, such as Nosferatu (Prana Film, 1922), Dracula (Universal 1931), and Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935).