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DP Kit Fraser used Kodak 35mm to create colorful and compassionate storytelling for Eternal Beauty
Shot entirely using Kodak 35mm motion picture filmstocks, the bittersweet drama Eternal Beauty portrays the often-misunderstood issues surrounding mental health with dignity, humour and tenderness. Aged just 17, June should have been on-track for small-town stature – happily engaged to her heartthrob boyfriend Johnny and on a promising path as a model on the horizon. But her world comes crashing down when she loses a coveted beauty pageant and discovers Johnny has been having a secret affair with her best friend. The news causes June to suffer a schizophrenic breakdown, followed by years of hospitalization and intense therapy. Twenty years later, June is still waging a battle against her mental illness, receiving little support from her family. Her only solace comes from conversations with an unseen lover, who encourages her to skip her medication with predictably unpredictable consequences. Amid mounting unrest in her life June meets Mike, a failed musicia
Bonded by Friendship & Film: Hiro Murai and Larkin Seiple
The longstanding creative partnership between filmmaker Hiro Murai (Guava Island) and cinematographer Larkin Seiple (Luce) has included the music video “This Is America” by Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) and the Powerbeats Pro ad titled “Unleashed,” both of which were captured on film. “I was never a very good cinematographer because I didn’t have the details down but had big picture ideas of what I wanted to accomplish,” remarks Murai. “When I work with guys like Larkin, I come into it with broad ideas about the feelings [I want to convey] and have reference points. I know enough about cinematography to be able to explain my ideas to him. I mostly come in from an abstract point of view.” Larkin views Murai as a good friend. “Anytime you get to work with someone that you’re friends with outside of set is great,” believes Larkin. “You get a better final product because you push each other and also like to raise the stakes and do something different than yo
Kodak S16mm depicts burning passions in Oliver Laxe’s 2019 Cannes-winning feature O Que Arde (Fire Will Come)
Captured on Kodak Super16mm film, the smoldering Spanish drama, O Que Arde (Fire Will Come), from director Oliver Laxe, screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and blazed a winning trail to the prestigious Jury Prize. The production, about the threatened extinction of rural life in the Galician mountains, received glowing reviews for its striking imagery of ravaged nature, shot by Spanish cinematographer Mauro Herce. It represents the DP’s second collaboration with Laxe as director, following the 2016 Cannes, Critics Week-winning film, Mimosas, also lauded for its majestic camerawork, and also shot on Kodak 16mm film. The pair previously worked together, with Laxe as the producer, on The Fifth Gospel Of Kaspar Hauser (2013), directed by Alberto Gracia, which Herce shot using a 16mm Bolex camera. Actor Bendicta Sánchez in a scene from Oliver Laxe’s production O Que Arde. Image © miramemira.