The title of director Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12 refers to a temporary care facility for adolescents with nowhere else to go. For those kids – and for the staff, barely more than kids themselves – Short Term 12 is at various times a solace and a prison. A respite from an outside world that has abused them and an excuse to delay re-engaging with reality. A place of isolation and a fishbowl of perpetual observation.
The task of visually expressing those dichotomies – all while staying within the parameters of Cretton’s non-intrusive, naturalistic aesthetic – fell on cinematographer Brett Pawlak, who talked with Deep Fried Movies about the challenges of making one of our favorite films of the year. Continue Reading ›