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Sometimes you just get really lucky. We had this conversation scene in the film that I wanted to shoot at a desert overlook at sunset. Even though it makes no logical sense for them to drive two hours from Phoenix to Sedona to wait for Rodney to get home, I knew I wanted to shoot it there but not reference it as Sedona. So, when we did our LA to PHX road trip to capture stuff on location, we planned to stop in Sedona around sunset to shoot the scene.

Trying to pull this off in one evening was a little nuts. You don’t have much time to think, you’re just trying to get coverage of a 5 minute long conversation before the sun goes down. Essentially, we could only do one take per angle. •
Just as the sun dipped below the horizon I got this one final shot. (When doing scenes like this always try and get a shot from behind to help you in the edit.) It was just a stunning sunset that day and the mix of reds and blues and oranges and with the clouds in the sky, it couldn’t have worked better. And this really beautiful moment felt like a great juxtaposition against the serious danger following Natalie and Hollis. Its one of my favorite shots in the film.

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Here's a kinda fun pic of a friend I know, taken a while back. #fujifeed #portraiture #mixedlighting

#jewelryshoot with @moon.metals yesterday! Early mornings are always worth it (even for this night owl) to get perfect golden hour light. So excited for these! #audreyrouzerphotography #jewelrydesigners #profotousa #mixedlighting

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Sometimes you just get really lucky. We had this conversation scene in the film that I wanted to shoot at a desert overlook at sunset. Even though it makes no logical sense for them to drive two hours from Phoenix to Sedona to wait for Rodney to get home, I knew I wanted to shoot it there but not reference it as Sedona. So, when we did our LA to PHX road trip to capture stuff on location, we planned to stop in Sedona around sunset to shoot the scene.

Trying to pull this off in one evening was a little nuts. You don’t have much time to think, you’re just trying to get coverage of a 5 minute long conversation before the sun goes down. Essentially, we could only do one take per angle. •
Just as the sun dipped below the horizon I got this one final shot. (When doing scenes like this always try and get a shot from behind to help you in the edit.) It was just a stunning sunset that day and the mix of reds and blues and oranges and with the clouds in the sky, it couldn’t have worked better. And this really beautiful moment felt like a great juxtaposition against the serious danger following Natalie and Hollis. Its one of my favorite shots in the film.

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There are a couple moments in #Negativethemovie where we needed to settle. This was one of those scenes. Hollis has finally forced  the issue and demanded Natalie tell him what is going on. One of my goals with the film was to really make some choices and simplify my coverage. I love to shoot and love finding angles and shots but I can’t spend all day on one scene (unfortunately) so I really wanted to challenge myself to simplify with certain scenes.

For this, we staged Natalie and Hollis in front of the window in the motel room. We covered the window with a silk and pumped a couple 650s into it. We had a lot of natural light coming in but we ended up shooting this later in the day, so we ended up losing light as the scene went on, hence the lights.

The coverage was simple, MED and CU over the shoulders. Let the actors do the work. I love light like this and felt it looked really beautiful on both Katia and Simon. •
Shot on the C100mkII with Rokinon lenses (can’t remember the sizes). Recorded out to the Atomos Shogun. These shots were probably rated at 850 or 1250 ISO. I tried to stay at 850 (C100's native ISO) if I had enough light.

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Here's a kinda fun pic of a friend I know, taken a while back. #fujifeed #portraiture #mixedlighting

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This is one of my favorite shots in the movie and one of those times when you just get lucky. This was pretty simple to shoot. We rigged up a china ball on a poll to give us a sense of a street light/light from the motel (and frankly, put SOME light on their faces) and then waited until the right amount of blue was in the sky. We did three takes, looking in each direction and done.

This scene itself is so disorienting but that's what I like about it. We’ve been exclusively following Natalie and Hollis for 30 minutes and all of the sudden this new couple comes in and we don’t know what to make of it. Its part of what I found so appealing about Adam’s script. It’s strange and I like that it’s strange. Life is strange. And we’re all tired of watching the exact same movie with the exact same structure anyway, let’s do something different.

To enhance that feeling for the viewer, I shot it very rough handheld, lots of movement, no masters, no establishing shots, just bam, right in there with the characters in the middle of their conversation.

Shot on the Canon C100mkII and a 35mm Rokinon cine lens. Recorded out to the Atoms Shogun. I believe this may be either 8000 or 10,000 ISO, I can’t remember. We did push the camera to 10k but I don’t know if this was that take. Because we were rapidly losing the blue in the sky, I had to keep pushing the ISO to keep something in the sky. Each take bumped us about 2000 ISO.

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This is one of my favorite shots in the movie and one of those times when you just get lucky. This was pretty simple to shoot. We rigged up a china ball on a poll to give us a sense of a street light/light from the motel (and frankly, put SOME light on their faces) and then waited until the right amount of blue was in the sky. We did three takes, looking in each direction and done.

This scene itself is so disorienting but that's what I like about it. We’ve been exclusively following Natalie and Hollis for 30 minutes and all of the sudden this new couple comes in and we don’t know what to make of it. Its part of what I found so appealing about Adam’s script. It’s strange and I like that it’s strange. Life is strange. And we’re all tired of watching the exact same movie with the exact same structure anyway, let’s do something different.

To enhance that feeling for the viewer, I shot it very rough handheld, lots of movement, no masters, no establishing shots, just bam, right in there with the characters in the middle of their conversation.

Shot on the Canon C100mkII and a 35mm Rokinon cine lens. Recorded out to the Atoms Shogun. I believe this may be either 8000 or 10,000 ISO, I can’t remember. We did push the camera to 10k but I don’t know if this was that take. Because we were rapidly losing the blue in the sky, I had to keep pushing the ISO to keep something in the sky. Each take bumped us about 2000 ISO.

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A lot of #Negativethemovie is handheld. Its an approach I’m comfortable with and like shooting. But sometimes if felt better putting the camera on a tripod, moving it on a slider or even just locking it off and letting the acting play. This was one of those scenes.

The scene felt very Coen-esque to me and I though it would be better to execute it in two simple shots, singles framed inside the personal space (meaning, not shot over the shoulder. Also, I think the scene is funny and I though it would play better as two singles rather than over the shoulders. (And yes, I know the shot of Katia and Simon is a two shot, but you get what I’m talking about.) •
By staying in a two shot, I could let the interplay between Simon and Katia happen naturally, rather than working about trying to cut. To me its funnier to see Simon’s expressions as Katia is negotiating the situation, than trying to highlight it with singles on the two of them.

The location, an office at a real motel up near Palmdale, was also really small and tight, so we wouldn’t have had options for coverage anyway. Lighting wise it was pretty simple. Most of the light was already there. We punched in a little red to help accentuate the neon ‘Open’ sign hanging on the window and bounced some light into a corner to help fill in the faces a bit.

Shot on the Canon C100mkII with a 24mm Rokinon lens. ISO was set to 5000.

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I believe this WAS the first scene we shot for #Negativethemovie, except what’s ultimately in the film is footage we reshot on another night with another camera. I had originally wanted to shoot this East of Downtown with the nighttime LA skyline in the background but because of the fire I didn’t think I could pull it off without permits and I didn’t want to pay for a permit. •
The house where we shot this belongs to a friend of our producers and it was a location I knew about. It’s a four story house up in the hills that’s completely under construction. I thought it looked like a pretty cool safe house and of course, it had a magnificent view that I knew would look good on camera.

The first time we shot the scene, I used the C100mkII but I didn’t shoot everything I needed and I wasn’t that happy with the footage. It wasn’t until five months later, when I had the Canon ME-20F-SH that we went up to reshoot the scene. We shot everything, including this shot, at 25,000 ISO with Canon CN-E glass. •
We lit both attempt the same way, with a simple china ball over head and dimmed that would provide a little something on Katia. Other than that, the fire did the rest and we left with what I think is one of the signature shots of the film.

I LOVED the fact that we were able to go back and reshoot scenes. Never would have happened on any other schedule. I got to discover and consider what was best for the film and had opportunity to correct mistakes I had made.

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This was one of the first scenes we shot on #Negativethemovie and a real test for both myself as a Director/DP and my theory on shooting quickly with minimal lighting and higher ISOs.

This location was a Thai restaurant a block away from my place in Los Angeles. I loved the look of it and the lighting and plus they’d let us shoot there for three hours after closing. The scene didn’t have any dialogue but was nonetheless important for setting the tone and look and feel of the film.

When we got there, I set up the Canon C100mkII and set it to 3200 ISO. No dice. The existing lights were too dim and it didn’t work but I really liked how they look to my eye. So, instead of spending forever swapping out bulbs and relighting the whole place (time we didn’t have) I instead set the camera to 5000 ISO. Suddenly, all those lights were no only usable but it looked awesome.

For the top shot, we set a China Ball out of frame and dimmed it down to match the existing lighting. We threw a little bit of light on the wall to her left, which otherwise looked too muddy and then we left everything else play. For the reverse shot, we brought the china ball around to provide a nice soft light on her face and let the bodies in front of her stay black. On of my favorite parts of they location was the fluorescent blue light hitting the wall behind her.

I used a Sigma 2.8 70-200 zoom lens and my set of Rokinon cine lenses. Recorded out to the Atomos Shogun recorder in ProRes 422 HQ.

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