First of all, thank you very much for all the insights, very appreciated!
I am glad you came to the forum because it is a forum for discussing things and it is always fantastic having a superb cinematographer like you on here, even if you came because I created a post where I was critic with your work in Glassland, which, of course, it is a personal opinion.
I hope you stay tho ha! because I will keep creating posts of movies I see, in fact I was going to create a post about "The Canal" soon, when I get my hands on a copy in bluray!
In fact, I think I commented another of the movies you photographed on here with a very different outcome!
Definitely I love all your other movies and all your commercial work, that is the reason why I found Glassland so disturbing, because it is absolutely different to the rest of your photography (well, one of your first short - films, the one in the pub / restaurant was kind of like that too) and it was very disappointing to see that you could have done so much (under my point of view) but you decided to stay "real".
However, when you try to stay "real" you can achieve a photography full of details and subtleties such as in "Kelly + Victor" which is a different story but it is a "real" story too.
I even watched Glassland twice because of the cinematography!
Let's take a look at "Biutiful" a "real" story with "real" characters and "real" light, it has a different look and maybe it was because of that movie that I was expecting something different for Glassland.
Obviously it is a matter of taste as you said, and all the things that you point out are part of your vision as a cinematographer in this movie, however, as a spectator I found the decisions very dull, I'm sorry I can't help!
In fact, the things that you name as "exciting" photography I find them very akward too. Bela Tarr is one of my favourite directors and Gabor one of my favourite cinematographers so you know .
I was expecting you using colour as part of the character's narrative as you usually do, and there was a lot of room to do so in the movie as both the mother and the son have such an interesting relationship with a lot of ups and downs.
Probably because I am into your other work and into other kind of photography, which is not "real" at all and I love colours (not super strong colours) and etc.
For example, the commercial you shot in Cork was very interesting.
Maybe it was down to Ger also, who knows!
I don't know! I think it could have been more striking or you could have told more things about the characters with your photography as you usually do.
And if we ever meet up again I will tell you this again straight away!
I am very happy that you got fantastic reviews on Glassland's cinematography as you are an amazing cinematographer as I have stated before but this movie I don't like!
I really liked the scene where the girl "does what she does" tho and the one that you comment too.
- EDIT to add one thing -
You say that you tried to keep the camera on a tripod but it does not look like that when you watch it, although your hand - held camera work is excellent there is more hand - held than tripod in the movie and there is no relation between them under my point of view.
For example, you know that some people say: Ok, let's shoot this with hand - held and another part with a dolly because we want to tell two different stories.
In Glassland it looks like the camera work is related to the shoot itself, I mean, it seems as if you decided on the day if either hand - held or tripod was going to work for the shoot rather than creating an arch with the camera work itself too.
If I can resume Glassland in one sentence it would be:
"From the very first shoot you know how it is going to look like until the end"
If that was what all of you were looking for, that's great!, because as you said it is consistent.
By the way, congratulations on the nomination for the IFTA!
Looking forward to reading your thoughts about the movie once you watch it!
Eh maybe I am the one who is wrong!
At the end of the day, who am I but a 2nd Ac?
Stuart, you changed your website!!?? It is fab!
Have a lovely day both!