ALL MY FRIENDS ARE VAMPIRES
All My Friends Are Vampires is a narrative comedy with a touch of fantasy directed by Kate Learson. This film was about "vampires" in life; I shot it in a brighter and more dreamier way to accentuate the comedy and fantasy.
The film had multiple story plots with different characters. The director had wanted to show many intercuttable scenes, so I kept the cinematography style consistent throughout the movie. She also had different mood comps for different scenes, ranging from Nashville (1975) for restaurant scenes to A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014) for vampire scenes. I kept my consistency with a general push for color saturation and Pro Mist filters for a dreamy fantastical look.
With lots of comedic dialogue going on, I did not want my shots to take the focus away from the dialogue, but instead to add to it. I kept the lighting simple and the actors in focus with everything else blurred in the background.
For the moody scenes involving vampires, I wanted to raise the tension a little more visually. I lit it more contrasty and used more unnatural lighting (non-daylight, reds, oranges, yellows) to emphasize that this reality is messed up. I also shot handheld for most of the vampire scenes after their reveals to add to the shaky reality.
In terms of gear, I used a set of vintage lenses to give a more interesting look to the film. I was using my set of Vivitars and Helios lenses that played very nicely. They fall slightly soft at the edge of frame and give a more fantastical look to life.
I lit this mostly with LEDs and practicals for a faster and lighter workflow. My gaffer helped to make our comedic and dramatic lighting play harsher and softer when they needed to.