The Gift cinematographer Edu Grau

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Beginning with this chat with A Single Man and The Gift cinematographer Edu Grau, I’ll be doing a weekly interview column for Filmmaker Magazine entitled Shutter Angles.

In The Gift, Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall play a newly-relocated-to-L.A. couple terrorized by one of Bateman’s former high school classmates (the film’s writer/director, Joel Edgerton). Here’s a sample from the Filmmaker interview, which references the frame above – a slow push in to a bottle of wine Edgerton has sent as ..wait for it…a gift.

“I told Joel I thought maybe this scene should play differently than what we’d been doing. I had this idea of doing this very simple shot, tracking in on a bottle of wine and concentrating on that detail. And he said, yeah, it sounds great, and if it doesn’t work, we’ll try something else. When we shot it, it was like, “Oh, this really works.” So we didn’t shoot anything else.

I also wanted, lighting wise, to emphasize this feeling of THE BOTTLE. When we were shooting, the movie wasn’t called The Gift. It didn’t have a title yet. We weren’t even sure that the gifts were that important. So it’s funny how, looking back at it now, it’s like, “Whoa, this is an important shot.” But we didn’t realize it at the time.” – The Gift cinematographer Edu Grau

Check out the interview in its entirety over at Filmmaker.

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