Director/cinematographer Alex Lehmann talks to Filmmaker Magazine about choosing to shoot his narrative feature film debut, Blue Jay, in black and white. The intimate romantic drama tells the story of two high school sweethearts who reconnect.
“We decided early on in prep to shoot in black and white,” says Lehmann. “We talked about a need to strip down unnecessary elements as a way to buck the trend of loud indies. The result is a very simple film focusing on the characters and the spaces we create for them. There were no direct inspirations but I grew up watching Truffaut and Jarmusch and certain filmmakers who started simple and character based.”
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