César Cadène – Avant l’océan (image)
by César Cadène
My graduation project at ECAL involved being the director of photography for the film Avant l’Océan, written and directed by student director Ilan Dubi. Inspired by the cinema of the Safdie brothers and John Cassavetes, this film was a real technical and creative challenge. We worked with long focal lengths, shoulder movements and natural light to capture the nocturnal wanderings of two young people stuck in Lausanne. The minimalist lighting, the uniqueness of each location and the intimate point of view of the camera reinforced the authenticity of the narrative and aesthetic framework of the film. This project allowed me to refine my instinctive and sensitive approach to the camera and light work.