Just been watching Jonathan Glazer’s film, Under The Skin. Huge casting challenges, minimal script, largely using local non-actors and improvised preparation.
Director and producer keen to use discrete cameras so that the actors, the non-actors and the public were not aware of a ‘crew’.
In addition to the performing, the filming and decision process itself was largely improvised with many early decisions and choices being radically adapted during the shoot. Many of the effects are shot without CGI wherever possible and the result is quite disturbing and visceral.
Brave filming. Not over-telling the story so that the viewer is continually obliged to re-orientate, engage and piece together what is happening. Best experienced when you haven’t read any reviews – or even the back of the DVD case!
The result is enigmatic, atmospheric, poetic. This economy of Glazer’s poetry can also be seen in his advertising: