Colony (2009). Directors Carter Gunn & Ross McDonnell. Shot by McDonnell. Backlight, layers, smoke in glass.
Here is biologist Randy Oliver providing the film’s most convincing theory on the possible causes of CCD - Colony Collapse Disorder. “What we may be seeing right now is because of the inbred stock of honey bees… tremendous genetic bottleneck. Well, if you have that narrow gene pool and a new pathogen comes in, you expect to have very large losses.”
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff (2010). Directed by Craig McCall. Cinematography by Ricardo Coll. A Technicolor camera spins slowly in the background throughout the interview. Coll tells me that the single, diffused key was inspired by Cardiff’s stories about lighting his subjects without overwhelming them with hot lights.
Here Cardiff, the cinematographer of The Red Shoes, describes his very first job as a runner on a film set. “The director had some kind of flatulence problem. He had to be given some Vichy water [apparently nature’s Alka-Seltzer]. And I had to hand him fresh cold Vichy water any time of the day, so I had to sort of have it all ready.”