Every year, IndieWire reaches out to the cinematographers behind the films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival and asks which cameras, lenses, and formats they used and why they chose them to create the looks and meet the production demands of their films. While budget is always a concern — and certainly was mentioned by several filmmakers who responded to our survey — it’s amazing to see just how many ways cinematographers can create wildly different visual and emotional landscapes.
The 2024 Sundance narrative features span formats from 16mm to 8K and everything in between, using a range of camera systems and every kind of lens from modified photography lenses to the full range of a 24-290 Angenieux Optimo zoom. What unites all of the responses is a concern with how the cinematography brings audiences closer to each film’s characters: how they feel, how they see the world, or how the story informs the way we understand our own. Here are the responses from filmmakers who brought scripted narrative features to the festival; you can also check out our cinematography survey on the 2024 Sundance documentary features.
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