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Illuminating the Dystopian World of ‘Equals’

"We wanted the light in the movie to have hypnotic motion to it, often changing colors and intensity with, seemingly, a mind of its own."

Director Drake Doremus’ Equals takes place in a world where human beings are stripped of all emotions, until a virus resurrects feelings of love between two young people.

To shoot it, cinematographer John Gulesarian decided to light the entire shoot with LEDs.

“We wanted the light in the movie to have hypnotic motion to it, often changing colors and intensity with, seemingly, a mind of its own. The benefit of LED lighting to me was that we could have the ultimate control of this color and intensity,” he writes on MovieMaker Magazine. “[Gaffer Andy Cole] and his team located many existing types of movie and theatrical lighting fixtures, as well as LED strip lighting available to us locally, and modified them for our purposes. The LED lights were able to emulate more than 16 million colors. During our testing process, we chose colors for the lights based on a few of my favorite images taken with the Hubble telescope.”

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