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CUCK cinematographer Nick Matthews Scene and Shot Breakdowns on @nmatthewsfilm IG

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We saw this scene as a series of obscured portraits studying the details of the character within their environment. We used lighting, blocking, and composition to conceal the lead, providing partial glimpses of him. Furthermore, we used a locked off frame and negative space as a motif. ⁠ .⁠ Our images explore the fragmented, immobilized, isolated emotional state of the character. By using a more observational approach it invites the audience to engage the character on an emotional level and watch a mixture of nature and nurture unfold within a range of societal, familial, psychological, and biological systems.⁠ .⁠ Throughout the shoot, I returned to this unifying metaphor of a rat caught in a hole, exposed by the sunlight. It informed the hard light pushing in through the slivers in the curtains as well as the grimy greens, blues, and yellows within the space.⁠ ⁠.⁠ See @cuckthefilm in theaters starting October 4th or Pre-order on iTunes. Check out cuckthefilm.com for more info.⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ Director: @rimrockpictures⁠⠀⁠ Cinematographer: @nmatthewsfilm⁠⠀⁠ Colorist: @kathraisch⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ #cinematography #directorofphotography #cinematographer #filmmaker #AlexaMini #Alexa #Arri #Zeiss #filmmaking #director #filmdirector #dop #dp #setlife #indiefilm #featurefilm #producer⁠

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CUCK cinematographer Nick Matthews Scene and Shot Breakdowns on @nmatthewsfilm IG

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For @cuckthefilm I wanted to explore pervading darkness. We were etching images out of the shadows. In preproduction, I usually write up a thesis document that lists our key metaphors and rules. For this film, the opening line of that document was "This film is about finding the darkness." We used that to visually reflect the nightmarish fever dream of the character—a world dancing in the dark, illuminated by screens, fluorescents, and security lights. ⁠ .⁠ Director @rimrockpictures and I discussed a specific visual palette for each space and scene as a way to create emotional, visual contrast. Here, we entered a more surrealist landscape, but I always saw the film as grounded naturalism with a hint of impressionism. Practically, I wanted all of our lighting to feel embedded in the space, naturalistically motivated. To that end, this specific moment is lit with a computer screen and literibbon.⁠ .⁠ See @cuckthefilm in theaters starting October 4th, available now for preorder on iTunes. Check out cuckthefilm.com for info.⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ Director: @rimrockpictures⁠⠀⁠ Cinematographer: @nmatthewsfilm⁠⠀⁠ Colorist: @kathraisch⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ .⁠⠀⁠ #cinematography #directorofphotography #cinematographer #filmmaker #AlexaMini #Alexa #Arri #Zeiss #filmmaking #director #filmdirector #dop #dp #setlife #indiefilm #featurefilm #chasinglight #producer #cineBible #thinkverylittle #portbox⁠⠀

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CUCK cinematographer Nick Matthews Scene and Shot Breakdowns on @nmatthewsfilm IG

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