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You Shot an Indie on Film?

Published on website: December 09, 2013
Categories: Independent Films , Matt Stoffel , The StoryBoard Blog

Indie filmmakers are reaping the rewards -- or perhaps more correctly, awards – when they shoot their stories on film! 2013 has seen much success for the indie film market, and Kodak is proud to have been a part of many of those productions.

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(L-R) MICHAEL B. JORDAN, OCTAVIA SPENCER and Director RYAN COOGLER on the set of FRUITVALE STATION © 2013 The Weinstein Company. All Rights Reserved

Take for example Fruitvale Station which first began making waves at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Not only was it picked up by The Weinstein Company, it also took home the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize.

Workshopped at the Sundance Institute, first-time feature film maker Ryan Coogler teamed with director of photography Rachel Morrison to bring the story to the big screen.

On the decision to shoot film Morrison said, “It gives a very real feeling out of the gate, and that was what we wanted—to embed people in the world, a documentary approach with more cinematic lighting where it feels like we are along for the ride. We did have to fight for it and it was something Ryan didn’t want to back down on.”

Read more: Fruitvale Station: A Tragic Tale Retold Thoughtfully

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Quvenzhane Wallis as "Hushpuppy" and Dwight Henry as "Wink" on the set of BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. Photo Credit: Jess Pinkham

Momentum from their 2012 Sundance Film Festival win carried Beasts of the Southern Wild to four Oscar® nominations. It stood toe to toe in the Best Picture category joining five more productions shot on Kodak Motion Picture Film. Director of Photography Ben Richardson spoke with us about the look they were after.

“To tell Hushpuppy’s story, I wanted to explore the limits of the visuals, from the blazing heat of the bayou sun to the darkest, scariest night. Film let me dig deep into the shadows – sometimes barely getting a reading on my meter – and still deliver a beautiful image with subtlety and texture.”

Read more: Ben Richardson Talks Beasts of the Southern Wild  

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Cate Blanchett stars in Blue Jasmine (Merrick Morton © 2013 Gravier Productions, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics)

After working together in 2007 Woody Allen reunited with cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe, AEC, ASC for Blue Jasmine. It has received much acclaim since its release this past summer.

Aguirresarobe commented on the look of Allen’s films saying, “I found that almost all of them distilled to a similar style and way of storytelling. I saw a preference for warm tones. All of them obey a similar visual concept.”

Many took notice as the film has received nominations from the British Independent Film Awards, Gotham Awards, and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Read more: Aguirresarobe Reteams with Allen for Blue Jasmine