The upcoming film Hidden Figures tells the true story of three black female mathematicians working at NASA in the 1960s who helped send astronaut John Glenn into space.
Cinematographer Mandy Walker talks to Where to Watch about choosing to shoot the film on 35mm film, and about using subtle visual cues to convey certain key emotions. “When we shot the African American women talking to the white guys at the beginning of the film, we’d be a little bit underneath their eyeline so that Katherine, Dorothy and Mary would be looking up at these men all the time,” says Walker. “But as the story develops, we shifted so that the eyeline becomes more similar between the women and the men. Even though the difference is quite subtle, I think it sort of works emotionally. Sometimes you need people to feel something rather than just see it.”
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