What does it take to craft an image?
Michael Apted (“Gorillas in the Mist”) contemplates the answer to this question in his latest film, “Bending the Light,” which focuses on how world-class photographers and cinematographers use certain types of lenses to get just the right “look.”
In the exclusive clip that appears at the top of this page, cinematographer Stephen Goldblatt, who has been shooting films for nearly thirty years now and boasts a rich roster of credits on major motion pictures such as “Lethal Weapon,” “Batman Forever,” “Charlie Wilson’s War” and most recently, “The Help,” explains why he has embraced the switch from film stock to digital. Shooting digitally, Goldblatt says, reduces his stress level because he doesn’t have to wait to have the film developed in order to see the dailies. Indeed, the immediacy of digital makes it a much more attractive option than film — particularly, as Goldblatt notes, when you’re under pressure to deliver on deadline.
In addition to interviewing creative professionals, “Bending the Light” goes behind-the-scenes at the Canon lens factory in Japan. To watch the film in its entirety, rent or purchase it through the Vimeo On Demand platform. For additional information on the film, you can also check out a Q&A session with Goldblatt and some members of the film’s crew which took place during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The conversation was moderated by Indiewire’s Filmmaker Toolkit Editor, Paula Bernstein.