By Jakub Han
Call Me By Your Name is a 2017 feature film directed by Luca Guadagnino shot around the city of Crema in Italy. What makes the cinematography of this feature interesting is that it was completely shot using only one 35mm lens.
Call Me By Your Name, Source: imdb.com
Thai cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, who shoots only on film, was glad to work as DP with the director on this romantic drama, and he appreciated the light conditions available as he walked around the locations prior to the production of the movie. Shooting the whole film with only one lens contributed to the simplicity of its cinematography.
Initially, this idea did not come from the DP itself, but from director Luca Guadagnino. Mukdeeprom gladly accepted the challenge, as he wanted to focus on different aspects of the cinematography other than the choice of focal length for each scene. In his own words Mukdeeprom said: “The producer asked me, should there be some other, wider lens? Just in case? I said ‘No, no. I want to tie my hand to this approach, because this is how I work. I think if you limit yourself to something, you struggle inside your idea”. I agree with him – by limiting one aspect of the puzzle, one can concentrate more on other aspects and therefore become more creative.
Mukdeeprom’s initial enthusiasm about the one-lens idea got him thinking. When he finally got the green light to employ it, he wasn’t so sure that it was right for the film at hand. For him as DP, it would mean a lot of extra work with planning the shots and knowing the film’s locations very well. But he kept at it and shot the film that way.
In this short cut-out from an interview Luca Guadagnino shortly explains what was the idea behind
From:: Cinema 5d