We always try and highlight different people who are influential, or someone who we feel like deserves a little more time in the spotlight. You have always hear us talk about learning from the masters and trying to always gain a new perspective. Often times we are set in only looking at the domestic films and the ones that we know based on the American Ideals. We often forget that it is a large world out there and there are a lot of different voices.
This time around I decided to talk about Mátyás Erdély. He was the cinematographer on Son of Saul (2015) which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. He delivered a beautiful film which took a different approach then your typical film. The camera feels like a character in the film rather than a fly on the wall. They accomplished an incredible look and feel with a very small budget of only $1.4 Million.
The film showcases some beautifully crafted long takes that help accentuate the moments. These moments are quite difficult to pull off and Erdély discussed it with AFI about what was required from the crew in these moments.
Take some time to get out of your comfort zone and take a look at the foreign section of your streaming options. There is a lot of quality there and should not be ignored. I've also added the trailer and a few interesting discussions with Erdély about Son of Saul.