'Silence' DP Rodrigo Prieto Relies on 35mm Film to Capture the Film's Natural Settings

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Martin Scorsese's new film Silence centers around religious wars in 17th century Japan. To shoot it, Scorsese and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto mostly relied on 35mm film except for a few night scenes, which were shot digitally.

“We both agreed immediately that Silence needed to be on film [shot in Taiwan with the Arricam LT] and, from my perspective, it’s because of color depth,” Prieto tells IndieWire. “And this is a movie that’s very much about nature and these priests in Japan surrounded by the foliage. And a big part of the movie is how that sounds, how that feels, the presence or absence of God in this natural environment.”

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