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Shaking a Family's Foundation

Kelly and Jeff celebrate Christmas morning with their toddler.

Swanberg. "The grading process was
really fun for me because I was seeing
the movie he and I had first talked
about. It was thrilling to be in the room
and finally see that vision up there on
the screen."
During production, Richardson
framed with a 1.85:1 theatrical aspect
ratio in mind, but he says he doesn't
consider himself dogmatic about
specific framing. "I like to compose in
broad strokes, but I also like the frame
to fill the given format," he explains.
"The Blu-rays will be struck at 16:9
because I'd rather create the best viewing experience for each medium."
Nolo converted the final graded
DPX frames to a 2K DCP file and a
1080p HDCam SR tape to cover the
needs of both theatrical and festival
distribution. "Indie film presentation
doesn't really demand a 35mm print,
and I don't know if I entirely mind,"
remarks Richardson. "I once attended a
35mm screening of Days of Heaven
[shot by Néstor Almendros, ASC] that
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was projected with the wrong gate size
and a badly damaged print. Despite all
the love I have for film as a shooting
format, I feel you typically get a more
consistent viewing experience with
well-calibrated digital projection."
Looking back on the completed
project, Richardson cites flexibility as a
key to working with Swanberg's
production style. "When a day goes
differently than you'd hoped and you've
got 45 minutes to shoot something that
should have taken four hours, you
might be tempted to throw your arms in
the air and say, 'It can't be done,'" the
cinematographer reflects. "My attitude
at that point is to say, 'Let's just have a
go, because you never know what might
happen.' Frequently in that situation,
you find that something really beautiful
does happen.
"People I've worked with in a
more traditional way are always interested to hear how [Swanberg's] process
works," Richardson continues. "While
Joe definitely has a lot of experience
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getting the whole scene in a single take,
there are also many scenes that are more
traditionally covered. It's not just about
the oner, it's about embracing the unexpected and enjoying keeping up. I'm
grateful to have had that experience
both with Joe and with [director] Benh
Zeitlin on Beasts of the Southern Wild.
It's given me confidence on other
projects to say, 'Let's see what happens.'"
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