Why did you want to shoot your film with the ARRI ALEXA 65?
Anna Roller: We wanted to get right up close and personal with the lead role Mia, but at the same time we wanted to feel everything around her as well: the pressure in the restaurant kitchen where she works, the little jabs and gossip that go on behind her back. The ALEXA 65 format was perfect for that.
Felix Pflieger: I had wanted to experiment with underexposure of the ALEXA sensor for some time. We were able to get in contact with ARRI Rental and get the team excited about our film and our request to tell the story with the ALEXA 65's high-resolution sensor. A year later we were standing on the set of "Gör" with that camera system and Prime DNA lenses from ARRI Rental.
Were there films that had been shot with the ALEXA 65 that were a reference for you?
AR: The ALEXA 65 is used for more films than you would think. We were inspired by "If Beale Street Could Talk," for instance. We loved the portraits in that film and wanted to play around with actors looking right into the lens. We were also inspired by the movies of Alice Rohrwacher, Lynne Ramsay, Kelly Reichardt, Andrea Arnold, and "The Florida Project" by Sean Baker.
How did you use the ALEXA 65 exactly?
FP: The film gave us the opportunity to use the camera in a wide range of scenarios: for intimate close-ups and shoulder shots, with under and over-exposure, with Steadicam. Our operator Felix Lang even jumped onto a Segway with the camera during one shot, in order to keep the actor in frame while she was riding a bike.