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Top: To save his father, the boy/robot must battle a militiaman (Stephen Thompson).
Middle: Director Giacomo Cimini blocks the climactic fight sequence using a pole to mark where
the robot will appear. Bottom: The father turns on his new virtual glasses hoping to
restore the illusion.

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stills days, when I would only have three
lenses in a kit. If you can't do a film with
three lenses, you can't really do a film."
The lighting kit was, he says, "pretty
big for a short film: a full truckload."
Munden had frequently worked with lighting rental company Arri Focus for his
commercial work, so he and Cimini came
up with their wish list and approached the
company for The Nostalgist. "We thought
they would say no, but they said yes," the
cinematographer says.
"We mainly used tungsten [units] in
the Victorian section of the picture," says
Munden, who worked with gaffer Simon
Mills. They positioned 5K Fresnels to shine
through the windows of the Victorian house
where the father (Lambert Wilson) and son
(Samuel Joslin) live. "In the [dystopian]
portion of the movie, we used a lot of Kino
Flos, spring balls [Chinese lanterns] and
Philips LEDs." These lights were often positioned as practicals in the shot.
The entire production was shot at
the Farmiloe Building in East London. (The
location has also appeared in director
Christopher Nolan's Batman films, among
other productions.) "The reason we wanted
to shoot there was because Giacomo felt
we would have total control," says
Munden, who notes that the Muppets took
over the facility after they left. "It was British
winter, so there was a lot of snow around. It
was the coldest shoot I've ever been on."
Part of the control Cimini sought
inside Farmiloe applied to camera moves.
"The camera was often on dolly and track,



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