Cine & Light
The Fighter is a 2010 sport drama movie directed by David O. Russell. Based on a true story, Micky Ward, a determined boxer whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky Eklund an ex-boxer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs. Irish Micky rebounded from a disheartening series of defeats to win both the WBU Intercontinental Lightweight title thanks to a fierce combination of determination and hard work. Director of Photography: Hoyte van Hoytema. The Fighter is not a ground breaking film in cinematography. Its highlight is on the character and the acting. But I like the realistic and gritty look. So that’s why I want to study this film.
Hoytema chose to use a unique camera from Europe call Aston Penelope, a French 35mm camera which “produced a grainier and more textured look that contributed to the film’s realism, and worked well in the many cramped, low-light locations” (schuyler). Now this knowledge of this camera won’t help me much when I’m looking for a camera to shoot my movie because I don’t have enough money and will probably ended up using DSLR anyway. However not every DSLR give the same look. Some have larger sensor than the other etc. So its importan tto find a camera thats suited the style of the story.
The fight scenes in this movie is very different from the previous mvoie i review (warrior). In this film, the fights were shot in a way to make it look like they were shot in that the event happened. So in "the three main boxing matches in the film were originally televised on HBO’s popular fight specials. Hoytema suggested replicating the multi-camera look, shot from outside the ropes, using the same kind of Sony Betacam-SP cameras that were used on Ward’s fights" (schuyler). So they ended up using the same camera they used back in the day. And a total of 8 cameras setup like...