Watching Belly on BET.
This is heresy, perhaps, but Sayeed seems the bravest underexposer since Gordon Willis's interiors for Godfather part II.
At any rate, what a brilliant showoff kid Sayeed was. Every shot in Belly is gorgeously over-the-top. Blue light on black skin smeared with what looks like vaseline. Filters. Greenish fluos. Wide angle lenses. Shutter tricks. Star-shaped lens flares. Dumb movie, but hard to look away from.
Belly DP Malik Sayeed
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