MUMU direct ‘Sal’ for Molok0.
Words from Matías & Tomás below.
How many nights were spent making this film?
MUMU: We spent one long summer night shooting in a local farm outside Buenos Aires, Argentina. The whole process took about two months. Let us say that the team was simply outstanding.
There appears to be a single light source used in most of the scenes. What can you tell us about that?
MUMU: From the very beginning of the creative process light was thought of as a character. We wanted to use completely different sources for each scene, see what mood and shadows each light created independently, and move around it. A fresnel, natural fire, and our biggest source, an operated drone with LED lights attached to it. It was quite a new experience for us. Flying moving lights? Sounds like a plan. With each project, we always like to stay updated and try new things.
Later in the process, we shifted slightly into a more dreamlike, surreal, and nocturnal world.
In terms of story and visual elements, could you share any key references or jumping-off points?
MUMU: Initially, our keyword was “Madness” and the question of how to portray it. We started surfing the universe of dark criminal series like ‘True Detective’ or ‘Mindhunter’.
Later in the process, we shifted slightly into a more dreamlike, surreal, and nocturnal world. When thinking about all these dark triggers, it was hard not to find comfort in directors like Tarkovski, Lynch, Eggers, and Weerasethakul. All of them, truly admired by us.
When thinking about all these dark triggers, it was hard not to find comfort in directors like Tarkovski, Lynch, Eggers, and Weerasethakul.
What are you reading at the moment?
MUMU: We always go back to our favourites. At the moment, I’ve been reading parts of Leonard Cohen’s biography “I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen”, brilliantly written by Sylvie Simmons. It felt appropriate for this project.
- Santiago Cantillo
- Director of Photography