NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: M. Night Shyamalan attends the world premiere of Apple TV+'s "Servant" at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House on November 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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M. Night Shyamalan Still Prefers The 'Danger' And 'Limitation Of Shooting On Film
Continuing his momentum from “Old,” M. Night Shyamalan shot his upcoming film “Knock at the Cabin” on 35mm and '90 school lenses — moving away from his switch to digital ever since “After Earth.” In the January 2023 issue of Total Film Magazine, Shyamalan shared why he prefers the unpredictable nature of shooting on film.
Shyamalan loves the limits of film, saying, “Maybe it's that it's an organic chemical process that's involved with it. It's organic things that are making these images, and you feel that life in it. The way its limitations represent light and color and skin tone and nature — maybe it resonates more for us. I do believe that the limits to film are what makes it so incredibly beautiful.”
To Shyamalan, there is “danger” and “urgency” that also comes with shooting on filmstock. He added, “I also love [...] what it does to everyone [on set], [...] It's something that's going to get captured on this chemical substance only this one time. [...] And I hope the camera's catching it, and exposing the light in the right way. There's so much danger involved in it. I love it.”