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Director David Farr Uses Space to Build Anxiety in Thriller ‘The Ones Below’

"We’ve used handheld photography in moments where it is really appropriate, where there are moments of terrific anxiety and a desire to get somewhere."

Tense British thriller The Ones Below tells the story of two upstairs/downstairs neighbors and couples, both expecting their first child until a tragedy makes everything take a turn. The film marks the directorial feature debut of screenwriter David Farr.

“We’ve used handheld photography in moments where it is really appropriate, where there are moments of terrific anxiety and a desire to get somewhere,” Farr explains to Televisual about his shooting philosophy. “Then there are a lot of other scenes that are quite withheld and quite restrained, where the camera is quite wide and we let the space do more of the work. It’s a mixture in that sense…Often in film when you see a big space and then something really tight, it helps create that feeling of anxiety.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltXE4gddJsQ

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