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Q

More Than Human

Top: Nathan
invites Caleb into
his lab and
reveals the work
he's been
conducting in
the field of
artificial
intelligence.
Bottom: Garland
discusses the
scene with Isaac,
who stands
opposite the
production's
Sony F65
camera.

tree, or a small furry animal," says Hardy.
Similarly, aerial director of
photography Jeremy Braben was tasked
with designing symmetrical frames,
"almost as if nature is being tamed by the
composition," Hardy elaborates. "You
come up over the top of a glacier like
you're on a set booming up on the end of
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a jib arm."
Well before the audience gets its
first glimpse of Ava, the film establishes
a motif of the interplay between the
natural and the artificial. One of the two
practical locations nestled deep within
the Valldalen fjord was the Juvet
Landscape Hotel, whose forest exterior,
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riverside patio and dining room provided
portions of Nathan's hideaway. The rockface living room was part of a private
home belonging to a Norwegian businessman. "I had a strong picture in my
mind of the connection between the
interior and the exterior," says Hardy.
"They're so vastly different from each
other, [but] I wanted it to feel like they
were the same place."
Outside, Hardy would lower the
F65's sensitivity to ISO 250, 320 or 500,
but interiors were photographed at a
consistent ISO 800. The CineAlta
PMW-F55 was used for handheld work,
and at the time had a base ISO of 1,250,
which was compensated for with a Tstop adjustment or ND filters. "I shot
most of the movie at a T2.8 or, for exteriors, a T4, and sometimes a T5.6 for the
big exterior shots," Hardy notes.
"Depending on how trippy we wanted [a
landscape shot] to be, I'd ask Stuart to
shoot at T11 to get everything sharp and
just really weird."
The filmmakers allowed the
camera to represent the emotional point
of view of the respective characters, and



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