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‘Manglehorn’ DP on Using an Off-Kilter Color Palette to Tell an Unusual Story

Manglehorn cinematographer Tim Orr talks to Filmmaker Magazine about using an unnatural color palette to convey the film’s magical realism tone.

Says Orr, “If there’s anything you could point to as a signature of this movie in terms of cinematography, it’s certainly the color. Creating a world that had some fairly odd color choices was one thing that [director David Gordon Green] and I both talked about early on. Something that almost felt like it could be set in Thailand or Singapore even though we were shooting in Austin, Texas. I definitely tried to chose a color palette and then find place to use color that let [the audience] know that something is a bit off and not quite real.”

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