Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The Florida Project

Sean Baker's breakthrough feature, the micro-budget Tangerine was shot guerilla style on the streets of L.A on an iPhone 5S in 2015 with a cast of non actors. For his follow up, last year's The Florida Project, he once again found creative ways to make the most of a restricted budget ($2 Million) saving on Production Design by shooting the whole film on location in the brightly coloured hotels of Kissimme, on the fringes of Disney World Orlando.

Another cast of non professional actors (including instagram sensation Bria Vinaite) are joined by seasoned pro Willem Dafoe and slot seamlessly into Baker's dreamlike world, the majority shot this time on 35mm film by DOP Alexis Zabe.

Finding existing locations that need little dressing is something more films seem to be doing these days, and not just in the lower budget bracket. The incredibly eerie looking Six Flags in New Orleans, an abandoned fairground destroyed by hurricane Katrina in 2005, is one of the most popular sites appearing in a whole range of films including Killer Joe, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the forthcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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