Brian Udoff is a 1st AC who says he spent most of his youth in Baltimore, Md., with some time in Milwaukee, Wis., as well. He enrolled at Johns Hopkins University with the intention of becoming a doctor, but switched majors after getting a grant to produce a short film. Udoff later earned an MFA at the London Film School, where he also worked for free at a local camera rental house.
Les Mouches was directed by Leon Yan, who was Udoff's London classmate. Set in France and England, and shot in 35 mm, Les Mouches focuses on a man who suddenly reappears after being estranged from his family for 10 years. [Paul Robinson shot some exterior scenes in France.]
"I wanted London to have an ugly look, because the character doesn't want to live there anymore," Udoff shares. "I used varying intensities of blue-gray filters on the lens to give daytime exteriors in London a washed-out feeling, and low pressure sodium vapor lamps in certain night situations to reproduce the monochromatic look of streetlights. I also used the Arri Varicon system for in-camera flashing combined with bleach bypass 'pull 1' processing for night scenes to retain details in the shadows. I feel lucky and surprised to receive this recognition. It means a lot to me."
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