Magazine article American Cinematographer

In the Gloaming

Magazine article American Cinematographer

In the Gloaming

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Frederick Elmes, ASC

In the Gloaming

Frederick Elmes, ASC, became interested in photography during his boyhood in New Jersey, after his father lent him his Leica camera. Elmes went on to study photography and filmmaking in college, and was later awarded a fellowship to the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. There, he met directors David Lynch and John Cassavetes, for whom he would shoot a series of striking features (The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Opening Night for Cassavetes; Eraserhead, Blue Velvet and Wild at Heart for Lynch). Since that time, Elmes has compiled an impressive resumé that also includes River's Edge, Night on Earth and The Ice Storm (see p. 56).

Elmes was surprised and flattered to receive an Emmy nomination for HBO's In The Gloaming (see full coverage in AC May '97), the story of an AIDS-afflicted young man who returns to his wealthy parents' home to die. The telefilm marked the directorial debut of actor Christopher Reeve.

Gloaming is a Scottish term for twilight, and the film revolves - visually, emotionally and thematically - around that magical time of day. Six scenes in the one-hour movie take place at twilight, all of them consisting of two characters sitting quietly, talking and watching the sun set. …

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