Russell Crowe stars as Noah (Photo: by Niko Tavernise Courtesy of Paramount Pictures)
The Biblical story of Noah and the Ark is brought to the big screen by director Darren Aronofsky and cinematographer Matthew Libatique, ASC. The filmmaking duo previously collaborated on Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain and Black Swan.
Russell Crowe stars as Noah, the man chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. Shot on location in Iceland and New York, as well as a few other locales, Libatique shares his approach to capturing Aronofsky’s creative vision in this month’s American Cinematographer. The two chose KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219, 250D 5207, and KODAK VISION2 100T 5212.
Libatique notes in the article: “The challenge of shooting in artificial light in artificial rain is the dead giveaway of how light reflects off people’s faces. The only way to blend that many reflections into one is with a polarizer, and I needed a 2-stop polarizer because the 1-stop didn’t have enough juice. I was rating [Kodak Vision3 500T] 5219 at 1,200 ASA, lighting to about a T8 or T8.5, shooting at a T4 and pushing 2 stops in the lab, which got me to about 1,600 ASA. That T4 gave me the depth-of-field to still see the rain in front of my subjects.”
Read the article in American Cinematographer: Matthew Libatique, ASC reteams with director Darren Aronofsky on the Biblical drama Noah