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“Eleanor” was filmed in the South of France, in a (single) beautiful location, which had a massive role aesthetically.
More than half was shot in daytime exteriors and sometimes it was challenging to keep continuity because of the big scale of the location and the schedule, broken into different times of day for the same scene, across different days. The location was covered by massive and weirdly shaped trees, which made setting up 12x12 frames, floppies and other flats really fun. Another challenge was softening the harsh sun for wide shots (bottom), so they'd match even wider ones later in the scene. The tree shadows changed the aesthetic of each scene drastically and the biggest concern was the visual consistency throughout the film. For some particular scenes, I chose a specific time of day to achieve a rich look, otherwise because of the scale, controlling the natural light and changing its quality would've been impossible (on our budget). I've used on a regular basis 12x12 grid cloth and silk frames to soften and as much black material to stop light from bouncing and for creating negative fill. I've also softened the image using Tiffen FX.
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