How Robert Pattinson Goes Dark in ‘The Lighthouse’ | Anatomy of a Scene

How Robert Pattinson Goes Dark in ‘The Lighthouse’ | Anatomy of a Scene

If you can’t find the right lighthouse to fit your needs for your lighthouse movie, build your own.

That’s what the director Robert Eggers and his crew did to make “The Lighthouse,” a period drama-thriller that stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. This scene includes a long boom shot that takes us from the base of the lighthouse to the top, where Dafoe’s character can be seen.

In an interview, Eggers said that he and his brother, Max, wrote the shot into the screenplay. Then it was executed by the key grip Craig Stewart, who helped construct equipment with ropes and pulleys to move the camera up the center of the lighthouse.

In this video, Eggers discusses how he achieved a dreamlike sensibility for the sequence by creating an elliptical collage of images and contrasting dark images with glowing light ones.

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