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Narrative films shot with natural light

Petr Berger

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If by natural you also mean practical lighting, check out Michel Gondry's material. He has "if I can see, then there is light" mindset. There are superb articles about The Science of Sleep and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, in back issues of American Cinematographer. If I'm not mistaken, Gasper Noè's Enter the Void heavily implemented practical lighting.


Oddly enough all of these were shot pre 800 ISO CMOS sensors...

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Not sure about this one.. But one of the latest film i have seen was Contagion... Shot on Red MX.. Felt pretty "natural lighting" for me, at least some scenes.. i mean, the lighting work wasn't very noticeable but rather feels like shot on natural location light. I am not sure, probably there were still a minimal manipulation.

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BTW, I heard fantasy movie Dragonslayer was shot entirely with natural light... can somebody confirm it?

I also heard about Amadeus.


But I really love cinematography in Days of Heaven, New World and Tree of Life... amazing work with natural light.

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