June 2024

Darkness-Driven: Im Finstern

During the second year at the American Film Institute (AFI), cinematography students are given the Visual Essay assignment — for which they must originate an idea, assemble a team, and shoot a non-dialogue short on 35mm film. “I wanted to do a practical project about darkness and what I’d learned from my research,” cinematographer Hannah Platzer says. Telling the story of a vampire’s impossible love of the sun, Platzer’s film, Im Finstern, received the 2023 ASC Owen Roizman Student Heritage Award in the Graduate Category, largely due to its distinctive, character-motivated use of darkness. (In fact, the project’s title is German for “in the dark.”) Each year, the ASC presents its three Student Heritage Awards in honor of departed Society...more

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Hunter Cibula



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