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‘Silence’ DP Rodrigo Prieto Relies on 35mm Film to Capture the Film’s Natural Settings

Martin Scorsese’s new film Silence centers around religious wars in 17th century Japan. To shoot it, Scorsese and cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto mostly relied on 35mm film except for a few night scenes, which were shot digitally.

“We both agreed immediately that Silence needed to be on film [shot in Taiwan with the Arricam LT] and, from my perspective, it’s because of color depth,” Prieto tells IndieWire. “And this is a movie that’s very much about nature and these priests in Japan surrounded by the foliage. And a big part of the movie is how that sounds, how that feels, the presence or absence of God in this natural environment.”

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