Magazine article Variety

Informing the Future with Light, Love

Magazine article Variety

Informing the Future with Light, Love

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YOUNG DIRECTOR DRAKE DOREMUS is known for heart-wrenching relationship dramas. While "Like Crazy" and "Breathe In" took us to conventional U.S. locations, "Equals" - out July 15 - catapults us to a futuristic society.

In Doremus' new film, Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult live in a sterile, emotionless world where only the contraction of a mysterious disease makes it possible to feel again - and fall in love. Cinematographer John Guleserian, Doremus' longtime collaborator, was tasked with capturing the ups and downs of true love in an antiseptic environment. "It's the simplest story" says Guleserian, "told by the visuals and the performances. It's like a mood piece at times."

Working with production designers Katie Byron and Tino Schaedler, Guleserian illuminated the movie with only LED lights mostly built into the sets. "This gave us the ability to change the color and intensity of the light while the cameras were rolling," he explains. …

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