By Jon Fusco
When no one else gave Sean Baker the financing to make his movies, he took matters into his own hands.
The Florida Project may be the first Sean Baker movie you’ll go out to see in theaters, but he’s been on the scene for a long, long time. Perhaps best known for the iPhone 5s filmed Tangerine, Baker has been a champion of low-budget filmmaking for his entire career.
More so than that, he has been a trailblazer in the democratization of film. Inspired by the Dogme 95 movement pioneered by Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, he makes the absolute best use of the resources that are available to him. Take Out, The Prince of Broadway and, yes, Tangerine were all shot on minuscule budgets with minimal crew and whatever gear they could afford to shoot on.
His latest film, The Florida Project, breaks this trend but keeps the Dogme 95 spirit well alive. It’s his first film to be granted a million dollar budget and shot on 35mm every frame oozes with beauty.
From:: No Film School