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Kodak 35mm nurtures a special connection to the actors and the action in director Greta Gerwig’s Little Women
The chemistry between the performers, plus the alchemy of 35mm film for capturing nature and human portraits, have conspired to make Little Women, director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic American novel, a sure-fire contender across all major categories during the 2020 awards season, including the lustrous cinematography of French DP Yorick Le Saux AFC. Little Women explores the lives and loves of the March sisters – Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg – as they come-of-age in 1860s New England, during the aftermath of the American Civil War. Although they are all different, the sisters stand by each other through impoverished and changing times, while their father is away serving The North’s cause in the conflict. Director/Writer Greta Gerwig with Eliza Scanlen (Beth March) and Saoirse Ronan (Jo March) on the set of Greta Gerwig's LITTLE WOMEN. Photo by Wilson Webb. © 2019 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Only 35mm would do for Noah Baumbach’s Netflix feature Marriage Story
Shot on Kodak 35mm film, director Noah Baumbach’s tragi-comedy Marriage Story is hotly-tipped for nominations across-the-board during the 2020 awards season, including its cinematographer Robbie Ryan BSC ISC. Baumbach’s sensitive and sharp-witted bi-coastal narrative centers on a marriage falling apart but a family remaining together. It follows Charlie Barber, a director, and his wife, Nicole, an actress. For many years during their marriage the pair have worked together at the same avant-garde New York theatre company, and raised a son, Henry, who is now eight years old. But the couple have reached the point of divided family harmony. When Nicole accepts a part in a TV pilot shooting in Los Angeles, taking the boy with her, the conflicted spouses put the wheels of divorce, and the custody battle over their son, into motion. Along with Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in the leads, the $18M Netflix film also stars Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, Azhy R
DP Tat Radcliffe BSC on getting reacquainted with celluloid for Queen & Slim
When best-selling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces) approached Prime-Time Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe (Master of None) about developing a story revolving around an African American couple on a first date, and in self-defence killing a white police office during a traffic stop altercation, the inciting incident laid the foundation for Queen & Slim starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. Pleased with their collaboration on an episode of Master of None called “Thanksgiving,” Waithe approached two-time Grammy Award winner Melina Matsoukas about making the project her feature film directorial debut. Matsoukas in turn teamed with British cinematographer Tat Radcliffe BSC, who shares her background in music videos, commercials and television but has also lensed movies such as ‘71, Pride and Jawbone. Except for a week and three nights in Cleveland, Ohio, the shooting took place in and around New Orleans. “I came onboard in late November