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Bonded by Friendship & Film: Hiro Murai and Larkin Seiple
The longstanding creative partnership between filmmaker Hiro Murai (Guava Island) and cinematographer Larkin Seiple (Luce) has included the music video “This Is America” by Childish Gambino (Donald Glover) and the Powerbeats Pro ad titled “Unleashed,” both of which were captured on film. “I was never a very good cinematographer because I didn’t have the details down but had big picture ideas of what I wanted to accomplish,” remarks Murai. “When I work with guys like Larkin, I come into it with broad ideas about the feelings [I want to convey] and have reference points. I know enough about cinematography to be able to explain my ideas to him. I mostly come in from an abstract point of view.” Larkin views Murai as a good friend. “Anytime you get to work with someone that you’re friends with outside of set is great,” believes Larkin. “You get a better final product because you push each other and also like to raise the stakes and do something different than yo
Kodak S16mm depicts burning passions in Oliver Laxe’s 2019 Cannes-winning feature O Que Arde (Fire Will Come)
Captured on Kodak Super16mm film, the smoldering Spanish drama, O Que Arde (Fire Will Come), from director Oliver Laxe, screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and blazed a winning trail to the prestigious Jury Prize. The production, about the threatened extinction of rural life in the Galician mountains, received glowing reviews for its striking imagery of ravaged nature, shot by Spanish cinematographer Mauro Herce. It represents the DP’s second collaboration with Laxe as director, following the 2016 Cannes, Critics Week-winning film, Mimosas, also lauded for its majestic camerawork, and also shot on Kodak 16mm film. The pair previously worked together, with Laxe as the producer, on The Fifth Gospel Of Kaspar Hauser (2013), directed by Alberto Gracia, which Herce shot using a 16mm Bolex camera. Actor Bendicta Sánchez in a scene from Oliver Laxe’s production O Que Arde. Image © miramemira.
Kodak filmstocks bring a unique visual poetry to Xavier Dolan’s Matthias et Maxime
Captured on Kodak 35mm, 65mm and Super 8mm filmstocks, Matthias et Maxime, writer-director-editor Xavier Dolan’s tender contemporary drama, focuses on the suppressed affections and smoldering tensions among a gang of best friends in their late twenties. The bittersweet film, which earned rave reviews after it screened in 35mm print In-Competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, marked somewhat of a homecoming for Dolan. He has shot seven of his eight features on film, and all premiered at Cannes, with the exception of Tom at the Farm, which debuted at the 70th Venice International Film Festival in 2013. Matthias et Maxime, produced by Nancy Grant and Dolan, represents the fifth collaboration with Canadian cinematographer André Turpin CSC. The duo also shot the music video for Adele's hit single "Hello" in 2015, combining 35mm and IMAX 65mm film, which broke viewing records when it racked-up in excess of 27 million views in just one day.