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JACK THE GIANT KILLER to be shot in the dark?

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 27th, 2010

Lighting in and of itself may not be the biggest factor in the eyes of the average filmgoer.

However, those who know its importance in the overall aesthetic of a respective film will get a little hot under the collar with regards to one of the more hotly anticipated projects coming down the pipe.

According to Bleeding Cool (via /Film), Bryan Singer recently revealed a little bit of information about his upcoming film, JACK THE GIANT KILLER, and it’s not only interesting, but for fans of Stanley Kubrick’s BARRY LYNDON, this is great news. Singer said, "I’m very much looking forward to using the EPIC Red for my next movie Jack the Giant Killer which will be shot in, what else, 3D. The camera’s incredibly compact size and extraordinary resolution are ideal for the 3D format. But more importantly Jack the Giant Killer is my first movie set in a time before electricity. The EPIC’s extraordinary exposure latitude will allow me to more effectively explore the use of natural light."

JACK THE GIANT KILLER is set to be Singer’s “adult look at the Jack and the Beanstalk legend," and features a screenplay penned Darren Lemke, with rewrites done by Mark Bomback and Christopher McQuarrie.

Now, while the BARRY LYNDON reference may seem a bit out of place, for those who may not know, LYNDON is arguably the most well-known case of a film being shot primarily with natural light. This was able to be done by using cameras with "super fast 50mm" film cameras, which allowed for more natural light to come into the camera, thus giving the film it’s stunning visual style. Now, LYNDON happened to use conventional lighting in many scenes to mimic natural light, but a majority of scenes (best known being the dinner sequence) did use complete natural light. It’s a breathtaking film, and should be seen by everyone.

And this definitely adds a lot of interest to JACK. I’m a huge Bryan Singer fan, and knowing that the film will be using both natural light and the RED EPIC camera has me more than anxiously waiting for this project.

What do you think?

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