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Interview with DP of Netflix’s The Ritual, Andrew Shulkind

Director of Photography, Andrew Shulkind, helped create a truly mind bending horror film with Netflix’s The Ritual. I’m a few weeks out from watching the movie and the unrelenting pace and creepy imagery has stuck with me to this day. So, I figured I’d ask Andrew how his crew pulled off the complicated and mostly nighttime exterior shoot in the remote mountains and forests of Romania.  Note: This article contains some light spoilers. If you haven’t seen The Ritual yet I highly recommend you give the film a watch first. It’s streaming now on Netflix. Graham: What initially drew you to the project? Andrew: To begin, director David Bruckner and I have a really fulfilling collaborative relationships that I really cherish. I would be hard pressed to find a project that he’s passionate about that I wouldn’t be honored to shoot. From a creative standpoint, I loved the repetitive moments where we revisit Luke’s memory in different environments. Also, I was initially quite excited about working in an environment where I could really play with the nuance of gradations of darkness up near the arctic circle at a time of year where the sun is either very low in the sky or never comes up at all. Besides being a scheduling challenge, that idea just added too much confusion for the audience, so we went with a more natural order of day and night. Graham: Why did you pick the C300 MK II to shoot The Ritual? Color science? Low-light capabilities? Andrew:...

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Published By: Cinema5D - Wednesday, 16 May

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