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Haunted House

Right: M drifts
numbly through
the days
following her
husband's
passing. Below:
Palermo studies
the light outside
the house during
a preproduction
scouting day.

multiple layers, and there was a softformed helmet that gave it structure and
a strong bridge of the nose.
Still, the ghost becomes so
abstracted when you shoot from the
shoulder up - it's just a curve and two
dots. You don't really get the scope of the
costume unless you see him head to toe.
So David and I were pushed to shoot a
lot wider than we were used to - which
was something I'd wanted to incorporate more into my work anyway. A lot of
it was, 'How can we make this feel
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powerful and imposing, with strong
tableaus, like every frame could be taken
as a still?' The impact of the images was
always the challenge. If I moved the
camera a little this way or a little that
way, it would become a stronger image
or say so much more about the ghost's
confinement, or his emotional state, or
the eeriness of what was going on.
The hospital is a great instance of
that. We staged the really long take
when he first comes 'alive' as a ghost on
a scout day. Every element was considAmerican Cinematographer

ered within that frame, and that sort of
attention to detail was afforded to us by
the schedule, even though it was very
short. We had a half a day to shoot that
one shot, which is incredible. That gave
us such an unhurried feel, and it seeped
into the core of the movie. David even
stated in an early meeting with everyone, 'Our energy is going to feed the
movie. If we're rushed and we're hurried
and we're stressed, the movie won't have
that patience.' I completely agree with
that.
Was it the realization that you
would have to shoot wider that led you
to embrace longer takes?
Palermo: The script told us that.
Time was always a thread for this movie.
David pitched it once as Apichatpong
Weerasethakul making Ghost - like a
Thai art film of the Patrick Swayze
Ghost. He and I both love Apichatpong's
movies, Asian cinema, Thai New Wave,
Taiwanese films - those were all kicking around in our heads. We wanted to
make a film like those films, and we
knew that this movie was the one to do
it with.
In the same way, that's how 4:3



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