Tag: GREEN ROOM
I interviewed Sean Porter for the first time early last year about his work on Jeremy Saulnier's slasher/thriller Green Room. The second time around was a bit brighter, a beach-side domestic dramedy: Mike Mill’s coming of age epic 20th Century Women. And here we are at interview three with his most expensive film, the Sony funded studio comedy Rough Night starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate Mckinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and which was directed by Broad City’s Lucia Aniello & cowritten by Paul W. Downs. In the gamut of the three, I’ve no clue where to place it.
On a technical, on-set structure spectrum I’ve got a better idea. Rough Night moved the fastest. Sean opens up about his first experience on a big budget studio film, how he managed to light at a breakneck multi-camera TV-style pace with bare minimum prep, and the perks of industry veteran reinforcements. Outside the indie/studio comparisons, we talk form: how to photograph a comedy, and how the 2.39 Aspect Ratio can elevate the genre.
Sean Porter, of the indie darlings Kumiko The Treasure Hunter, Eden, It Felt Like Love, and I go in depth on the technical and conceptual aspects of his latest hit Green Room’s cinematography. We discuss small details like T-Stops and Focal lengths, and broader intentions like visual arcs brought on literally, not just metaphorically, by the script.
Porter began his career in the midst of the digital revolution which allowed him to shoot on 35mm and 16 while toying with digital from the advent.