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COMMENTARY: Cinematographer Recreates Scenes From a Hollywood Film on a Budget

9 April 2019

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COMMENTARY: Cinematographer Recreates Scenes From a Hollywood Film on a Budget

Working in film will often challenge your resourcefulness and creativity. While much of what we see on the silver screen these days is shot with a massive crew using huge green screen sets, and elaborate and expensive lighting, you don’t need an elaborate production to create a film that’s visually rich.

From commercial cinematographer Spenser Sakurai, we find out how to recreate some of the lighting and mood from Spike Jones’ 2013 magically absurd story of loneliness in a near future where artificial intelligence has become a surrogate for human intimacy. While the humanity of the characters is derived from the excellent writing and brought to life by Jones’ mature direction, what really elevates the movie is the production design by K.K. Barrett and the cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema. It is these two areas, where we are transported to a warm and quirky urban utopia, that Sakurai explores in his scene recreations.

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Image credit: Spenser Sakurai

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