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Film’s Key

A key is film’s home, its root, its heart. It is something you really really want to say, but not through words only; something that is not purely verbal or intellectual; something that pierces a heart, sticks to the the mind and attracts you.

It’s an image, a question, a passion – all at the same time.

Every film has a “key.” If found/formulated correctly, the “key” will “open” all departments: narrative, cinematography, art direction, music, etc. When all department “play” in the same key, the film feels like a whole person: good or bad, attractive or not, but solid, organic, true.

“In-Key” filmmaking is finding and trusting the key to create a unique, coherent, organic film.

Blade Runner
Nostalgia for the light
Bowling for Columbine