The film was to cut back and forth between flashbacks and present time, so the director and I chose to make intentional stylistic choices. Present day scenes were shot handheld and sharp to show the shaky reality in the current time, we drew inspiration from Blue Valentine for that. Flashback sequences were steady on sticks & shot with a Pro Mist filters to show that the past has happened in a certain way and is a little foggy. I shot it in a 1.85:1 ratio to keep it down to earth.
Keeping the flashbacks and present day different was very important in HNY. I lit the flashbacks mostly with a single toned color, and the present day scenes with more mixed lights to show that reality is messy.
We had a lot of travelling and road scenes. This was really fun for me to get more framing & composition in. I shot a lot of wides with Elliot (Main Character) very tiny in the frame to show that he was moving around in this wide world and he was small.
In terms of lenses, I wanted to create the world to move around Elliot. I shot wide open on my Sigma lenses which are really sharp. Shooting 4K also provided a better color space.