The cold forbidding landscape of the Alaskan Wilderness provided the perfect setting for the dark tale of an American Serial Killer. Simultaneously beautiful and sinister, these silent frozen vistas were to play a central character in our story… and it was fascinating to photograph them with this dark narrative in mind.
The changes in winter light on the snow, ice and mountains determined much of the tone of our film. The same frozen lake or mountain at icy blue dawn or again at fiery dusk was transformed in character by this distinctive low light. And shooting on Red’s dual ISO Gemini camera meant we were able to shoot long past regular light levels, the 3200 ISO teamed with T1.4 glass meant we were seeing well into the night.
The crew faced ambient temperatures of -20 Celsius, colder still with some of our night shoots and even more so with our aerial work. Here we shot from open-sided Super Cubs, the tiny lightweight aeroplanes that still dominate the Alaskan Wilderness.
Each time I return to Alaska I see new photographic opportunities in its vast canvas, and while the going can be fairly tough in the winter the rewards are huge.
To cast this landscape as a silent, dispassionate, dark backdrop (the terrifying canvas of psychopathy) was a tremendously stimulating challenge and reward.
“Foul deeds will rise,
Though all the earth o'erwhelm them, to men's eyes.”