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How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Over Planning the Filming of ‘Nightingale’

How I Shot That (LAFF Edition): Over Planning the Filming of 'Nightingale'

Nightingale” is Elliot Lester’s third feature film. The first, “Love is the Drug” starred Lizzy Caplan and Jon Patrick Amedori. The second, “Blitz,” starred Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aiden Gillen and Mark Rylance. “Nightingale” will have its world premiere on June 17th at the Los Angeles Film Festival. It features David Oyelowo (“The Paperboy”) as its sole actor in frame.

[Editor’s Note:
Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films playing at the 20th LA
Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how they shot their indie,
and what advice they had for other filmmakers. We’ll be posting their
responses throughout the run of the festival. Go HERE for the master
list.
]

What camera and lens did you use? We used the Alexsa ST, Cooke s5 series and shot on true anamorphic.

What was the most difficult shot on your movie and how did you pull it off? We prepped and prepped and prepped. The shots were a guide and after blocking we realized some of them would not work contextually. The difficulty was letting go of the assumptions we made prior to seeing how the blocking would work.

What’s the one thing you wish someone had told you BEFORE you started your movie? Don’t underestimate the feeling of enjoying the experience.

What’s the worst piece of advice you ever got? I’m lucky enough to surround myself with people who care and have only given me good advice.

What’s the best? The best is watching the syncopation between actor, camera and script. There is a moment that cannot be interrupted, nor repeated where everything makes complete sense.

What advice do you have for aspiring or first-time filmmakers? “Fail better” — Samuel Beckett

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