The Tree of Life – “The Dogma”

“The Dogma” 

 •    Shoot in available natural light
 •    Do not underexpose the negative Keep true blacks
 •    Preserve the latitude in the image
 •    Seek maximum resolution and fine grain
 •    Seek depth with deep focus and stop: “Compose in depth
 •    Shoot in backlight for continuity and depth
 •    Use negative fill to avoid “light sandwiches” (even sources on both sides)
 •    Shoot in crosslight only after dawn or before dusk; never front light 
 •    Avoid lens flares
 •    Avoid white and primary colors in frame
 •    Shoot with short-focal-length, hard lenses
 •    No filters except Polarizer
 •    Shoot with steady handheld or Steadicam “in the eye of the hurricane”
 •    Z-axis moves instead of pans or tilts
 •    No zooming
 •    Do some static tripod shots “in midst of our haste”
 •    Accept the exception to the dogma (“Article E”)

Terrence Malick and  Emmanuel Lubezki