We’re currently having a few days of time off from the exam films as some scheduling has changed. Good time to catch up on things and get headings straight. Last Sunday, we wrapped production on the second exam film at Skurups Folkhögskola, “På andra sidan väggen” (“Other side of the wall”), directed by Simon Minó. I acted as DP on the project which differed a great bunch from the first film I shot, which I’m currently also editing.
It feels great to work on all these different films as a DP, as they differ quite greatly from one another. While the first film – “Det blev nått slags överslag”, directed by Jonna Nilsson – had a very active cinematography style and had a blood-rushing tempo throughout with a lot of hand-held camera work, Simon Minó’s film was by far on the other side of the spectrum in terms of style. Many lingering wide shots and loads of one-takes meant I had loads of time to focus on both the sets and lighting. With long rehearsals and a very generous schedule we managed to squeeze in around ten takes for each shot in general, with up to 18 takes (!) of some scenes. It was an interesting and rewarding process, and as the number of takes increased I also felt very confident and got to question some descisions I’ve made along the way in terms of composition (lights, framing etc.) and do some minor changes as we went along.
I’ve included two shots from the film below that set the mood quite well for the style of the film. Simon wanted to make the film as timeless as possible, so the sets were built around the characters to tell us a lot about them without explicitly saying so in dialogue or by on-the-nose exposition. Looking forward to see how the cut flows together and to grade the film later in April!
Also, check out these absolutely mad 3D behind-the-scenes shots from the production of “Det blev nått slags överslag”. Go to our Facebook page for more pics!
Production will soon ramp up on the third exam film, which once again takes a pretty different term in terms of how style and even camera technicals. Remember to check out my Tumblr page for all the latest images from set! Speak to you all soon, take care everyone!