Major parts of the blockbuster Slumdog Millionaire were shot on Fujicolor colour negative film. The Danny Boyle directed film won an amazing eight Oscars at the recent Academy Awards.
In addition to the main award of Best Picture the movie also scooped first place in the following categories: Best Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Best Original Score and Best Original Song.
To capture the exotic locations - ranging from the bustle of Mumbai's sprawling slums, to the fiercely lit TV studio, the crew worked with a wide range of equipment and technologies. According to producer Christian Colson: "Wherever we could, we shot real locations and we shot what was scripted, and what was scripted was often pretty complex and took us to a fabulous range of different places. The film's a fairy tale, and like all the best fairy tales, it's got light and shade.
Boyle elected to take a small crew of just 10 people to India to shoot the film, relying predominantly on local Bollywood staff. A key member of the travelling crew was Danish based British cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle, whom Boyle previously worked with on Millions and 28 Days Later.
Mantle, who won the Oscar for Best Cinematography for his work on the film, takes up the story of shooting Slumdog: "I worked mainly on Fujicolor colour negative ETERNA 500T and Reala 500D as well as a great deal of daytime exteriors on Super F-64D. I also shot a bit of ETERNA 250D when getting caught in the early morning or the fading light of late day. All these stocks performed very well.
"I also pushed a great deal of both of the 500 stocks one stop. When I push film stocks like this it is not necessarily to find grain, in fact, it is quite the opposite. The artistic reason for pushing the film was to try and attain as much of the local ambience of Mumbai as possible. I also like the effect on colours when the contrast curve of the neg is pushed a little. It somehow fitted my vision of the visceral buzz of the street and the people there. I apply diffusion generally to my lenses, varying from Soft Fxs and black ProMists to the occasional older fashioned fog filters.
In addition to winning the Oscar, Anthony Dod Mantle also won the following prizes for Best Cinematography on Slumdog Millionaire: BAFTA Film Award, American Society of Cinematographers Award, and the Golden Frog at Camerimage.
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