To shoot independent mining drama Little Accidents, DP Rachel Morrison and director Sara Colangelo were intent to shoot on film. This proved a challenge for a film that had several dark locations, including a real working coal mine, and a small budget to make it work.
As Morrison writes in MovieMaker Magazine, “For an indie movie, without all the time, man-power, and lighting tools that a larger budget would provide, this can make night scenes difficult and one has to be extra resourceful. Choosing locations is a critical component and for night exteriors, the location must have a good amount of natural light to at least motivate the supplemental film lighting…[As for the mine] fortunately, the director, Sara Colangelo, was not scared of the dark. She embraced and even encouraged it. After all, that’s quite natural for miners underground – they can see that which is illuminated by the light from their headlamps and not much else.”
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