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Netflix could finally be in a position where one of its films has a chance to be Oscar nominated for Best Picture with Roma. This film, which was directed by Alfonso Cuaron, has been getting rave reviews and, in an interview with Variety, he discussed many aspects about his movie.
One of the main topics of discussion was how Alfonso Cuaron became his own Director of Photography for Roma:
“Chivo (his usual Director of Photogrpahy) started prepping with me. I designed this film for him – the bastard! (laughs) Chivo and I have always had conversations about what are the biggest obstacles to making a good film, and pretty much everything boils down to time.”
“Time for prep, time for production, and time for post. I started realizing that we would need more time and Chivo said, ‘Man, I can’t do it. I have commitments to two other movies.’ That’s why I stepped up. Chivo is the one who suggested it.”
“Two weeks before the start of shooting I had conversations with people I admired. But then a fear came up. This was going to be my first film in my own country in 17 years. It was all in my memory. I didn’t want to have communications on the set in English when my mother tongue was so important for the process. Chivo said, ‘Stop fooling around. You should do it.’”
“I was a DP in film school, Chivo was my assistant. And then doing TV I shot and directed most of my shows and served as DP on many other shows. But I never really took the responsibility for a major film.”
“For this film pretty much everything was in my head. Images were already in my memory. I was just bringing new detail to those images.”
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