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Photos by Bret Curry, courtesy of A24.

Bradford Young, ASC; AC Sept. '13)
and convinced moviegoers that winged,
green-furred beasts hide in the woods of
the Pacific Northwest with Pete's Dragon
(photographed by Bojan Bazelli, ASC;
AC Sept. '16).
Joining Lowery for A Ghost Story
was cinematographer Andrew Droz
Palermo, whose credits behind the
camera include the features You're Next,
A Teacher and 6 Years, and the documentary Rich Hill (AC April '14), which he
also co-directed. Faced with a 19-day
production schedule - which was
followed by about 10 days of additional
photography - the filmmakers
embraced a predominantly singlecamera approach, shooting with an Arri
Alexa Mini as the A camera, which they
paired with Panavision Super Speed and
Ultra Speed primes, and 19-90mm and
24-275mm Primo zooms (both T2.8).
They recorded 2.8K ProRes files to
CFast 2.0 cards, working in the camera's
4:3 mode for a final 1.33:1 aspect ratio
presented with rounded corners that
were added in post.
Although Palermo and Lowery
hadn't worked together previously, their
orbits had intersected on multiple occasions, such as when they each had a
project at the Sundance Labs -
Lowery with Ain't Them Bodies Saints,
and Palermo with his feature directorial
debut, One and Two. But it was mutual
friend and A Ghost Story producer Toby
Halbrooks who reached out to Palermo
to gauge his interest in the project. "We
had breakfast and he mentioned the
idea," Palermo tells AC, seated outside at
a coffee shop in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, with a
Hasselblad medium-format camera at
his side. "He said, 'There's this movie
that we want to do. It's just a guy in a
sheet - that's the ghost. It's not
supposed to look supernatural; it's
supposed to look like a guy in a sheet.'"
American
Cinematographer:
Were you nervous about it being 'just a
guy in a sheet'? Did you wonder if it
would actually work?
Andrew Droz Palermo: I think

Opposite: After dying in a car accident, C (Casey Affleck) returns home as a silent specter and watches
over his wife, M (Rooney Mara), in the feature A Ghost Story. This page, top: In life, C already feels rooted
to the house. Above: Cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo (foreground) considers a frame alongside
writer-director David Lowery.

David was more worried about it than I
was, about whether or not it was working. I thought it was so visually strong.
But I knew it was going to be a challenge. It was incredibly hard to shoot.
What made it so difficult?
Palermo: [Costume designer]
Annell Brodeur needed to be a
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puppeteer, essentially. She would be just
below camera holding different parts of
the costume to give it the right expression; if it started riding lower, it would
look really sad, and if it got a little too
frumpy, it would look comedic. She had
done a lot of work before I was involved.
She built up this sort of petticoat, with
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