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DP Jay Hunter Talks Lensing ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ and Going Handheld on Shakespeare

Cinematographer Jay Hunter talks to Lensbaby about shooting Joss Whedon’s low-budget, black-and-white Shakespearean adaptation, Much Ado About Nothing.

Says Hunter, “We wanted to shoot handheld & digitally, occasionally with multiple cameras but quite often the A camera (a RED Epic) would immerse itself in the scene and move around organically with the actors. Compare that to the standard approach to Shakespeare, which we felt is shooting on a dolly with a long lens, set back from the actors – very classical and elegant so to speak. We wanted to give it a new aesthetic. We looked at French New Wave filmmakers like Godard and Truffaut to see how they shook up cinema and gave this immediacy to their imagery. No one has done Shakespeare handheld as far as we know.”

Read the full interview here.

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