DIRECTED BY MCKENNA FERNANDEZ | PRODUCTION : SET ME FREE FILMS, UK | LENGTH : 12 MINUTES
Stevie is a short, social realism film set in Liverpool, that follows a story of a blind child who doesn't feel that her blindness is an impediment. The film is about accepting the reality you are given, and coping with a shift in that reality and its goal is to see from different perspectives.
CREDIT: CINEMATOGRAPHER / COLOURIST
As far as the Cinematography of Stevie is concerned, every frame of the film is meant to imply blindness in a certain way. The techniques that have been used in order to achieve that are mostly through shallow depth of field, playing with the focus, slight overexposure in parts and, most importantly, the use of light reflections and shadows. The image of the film is often obstructed, whilst the camera is an observer. The whole film was shot handheld and its aim was to achieve a social realism style to the film.
Stevie was shot on Blackmagic URSA mini with the use of Canon cinema lenses and tilt-shift lenses.
Source: Helsinki School
In terms of the story Stevie is highly influenced by the social realism movement and films such as Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher (1999), Andrea Arnolds' Fishtank (2009) and Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang (2015).
A strong influence on the visuals of Stevie comes from some of Helsinki photographers, such as Anni Leppala Leppälä and Maarit Hohteri. They both use a lot of natural light reflections, obstructed frames, mirrors and reflections.
Directed by: Mckenna Fernandez Writer: Mairi Maxwell Wood Produced by: Yasmin Stewar Director of Photography: Dominika Besińska Editor: Mckenna Fernandez Sound Design: Martha Luigujoe 1st AD: Juris Tomson 1st AC: Nuno Cabacing Gaffer: Simon Kasa Bogdan, Adam Shearing Grip: Damaschin Alexandru 2nd AC: Jhenelle White Sound Recording: Martha Luigujoe Colour Correction: Dominika Besińska