Shoot Real Film. A poem.
Shoot real film. Make contact sheets.
Listen to your clients complain about how tiny they are.
Explain that they asked you to shoot real film.
The satin won’t glimmer without it.
Remind them gently they’re missing the point.
Be a little miserable but also slightly happy.
Revel in the ability to reach a few people.
Repeat. Or don’t repeat and shoot digital.
I don’t care what you do.
Using Kodak 35mm film
By the same token, cinematographer Robbie Ryan visualized a bawdy, biting tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy and betrayal for Yorgos Lanthimos’ critically-acclaimed feature The Favourite.
Now, picture England. It is the early 18th century. So, while the country is at war with France, duck-racing and pineapple eating are thriving in the court of the frail Queen Anne. To enumerate, the regent’s confidante, adviser and clandestine lover Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough is governing the country by proxy. She is also tending to Anne’s poor health and capricious temper.
But when the Duchess’s younger cousin, Abigail arrives, the politics of war become time-consuming for Sarah. So Abigail steps into the breach as the Queen’s close companion. In like manner, the blossoming friendship gives Abigail the opportunity to fulfill her aristocratic ambitions.
In final analysis, we see that no woman, man, politics, ducks or rabbits will stand in her way as the balance of power and affections shifts between the women who jockey to become the Queen’s favourite.