Cinematographer

La Ruta Natural

by Àlex Pastor

Spain, 2004
Shot on 35 mm with Zeiss 2,1

Director - Àlex Pastor
Production Co. - ESCAC
Producer - Irene Puig

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT IN SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2006.
NOMINATED FOR BEST SPANISH SHORT-FILM IN PREMIOS GOYA 05.
NOMINATED FOR ACADEMY STUDENT OSCARS 2006.
PREMIO TVE VERSION ESPAÑOLA MEJOR CORTO ESPAÑOL 2005.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL 2005.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN MADRID FILM FESTIVAL (PLATAFORMA DE NUEVOS REALIZADORES).
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY IN AROUSA FILM FESTIVAL 2005.

With Alex we tried to create a sad impersonal mood, to make the main_character become every one of us. Life is a sad  journey where you can reach happiness, but it is suddenly too late to hold it for ever, only the present exists. I tried to create that  sad, circular feeling by creating a very low key image with a color-paletette that would develope from bluish to coral and come back to blue.

The camerawork I think was quite special, always keeping the distance to the character, but never too far.  We tried to be almost impersonal, mostly with the 50mm lens. It was my first shoot in 35mm and it was very exciting for me. We had to think how the shot will look reversed, so every pan or track had to be shot opposite as you wanted it to be. Lightinwise, I tried to distance myself as much as I could to what I’d learned in Escac. It was a reaction as much as a learning experience. I am very proud I did this step forward. It really changed me.

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