Frame by Frame – Guava Island (2019)
Year – 2019
Decade – 2010s
Cinematographer – Christian Sprenger (imdb) (official site)
Director – Hiro Murai
Aspect Ratio – 1.33
Distributor – Amazon
Genre – Musical
Cameras – Arri Alexa LF
Lenses – Canon K-35
Format – Digital
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A musician on a tropical island (Deni, played by Donald Glover) runs afoul of the local despot when the former’s celebratory musical festival threatens the productivity of the latter’s silk factory. Shot with intentionally minimal publicity last year in Cuba, the short film (its runtime is a brisk 55 minutes including interludes from Glover’s musical alter ego Childish Gambino) combines many of the talents behind the FX show Atlanta. Among them is cinematographer Christian Sprenger, who pulls off the magic trick of making the Alexa LF look like vintage 16mm film.
Guava Island is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Check out some behind the scenes pics of the shoot on Sprenger’s Instagram feed.
Groups of Frames
Various radios tuned into one of Deni’s songs.