How do directors influence mood? It's not only our eyes that follow light, it affects our emotional relationship to the scene. The soft edges, the glow around a subject that directs your eye. The color scripting that tells us we are in a different location. I love cinematography that directs my mood. Although I'm big fan of backlighting, It can't always be hazy smoky orange halos around people's heads. How to create tension on a sunny day?
Send Us Smokes, a World War 1 short was recently awarded the grant from Hot Shots Shorts Contest. Some visual preparation took us to Port Moody Station museum to walk in a trench (built by hand, by volunteers --talk about authentic!) Send Us Smokes, written by Anaisa Visser, produced by Jon Warne, to be directed by Michelle Gwendolyn Kee touched me because it was about people.
In helping illustrate the director's vision, I wasn't romanticizing war in my concepts. I wanted to capture feeling we have for our family. Hoping they are ok, just wanting their life normalized, to be safe, with friends, laughter and belonging. Even if that life is in a war zone.
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