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HOMAGE DOP Dylan Bruce (below) took visual inspiration from 2020 documentary The Truffle Hunters

sunset, as there was a clear view of it over the vineyard’s saplings. “Despite this being a larger pull on the budget, I’m glad we got it because the sunset was so cloudy and rainy that it was virtually non-existent. The sunrise, on the other hand, was beautiful,” says Bruce. Cooke was also happy to give Bruce and director Dino Kazamia a lot of creative freedom for the documentary, which went down very well. “Our main requirements were to portray the lens characteristics as well as possible,” Bruce claims. “The flare, lack of breathing, bokeh, etc. We planned some shooting environments where we could include these specific qualities, alongside shooting with them as normal.” A big visual influence for the documentary was The Truffle Hunters (2020), a documentary set in the forests of north-western Italy, co-directed by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw. Bruce loves the film ‘for its beautiful examination of the truffle hunters’ and their relationship with their dogs – and the environment more generally. “But the cinematography is particularly noteworthy, with beautifully composed frames allowing the viewer to breathe and carefully examine this relationship,” he adds. Now, Bruce and Cooke have a film that can inspire others.

had to be easy to travel with around the vineyard, so he worked primarily with a slider, Easyrig and set of sticks. “Lighting was particularly minimal, with negative fill and bounce boards when necessary, and utilising high-power LED COBs to supplement daylight interiors,” he adds. The biggest challenges Bruce faced were time constraints, owing to access to the main man and unpredictable conditions. “We had Leslie for one day only and the weather was looking quite temperamental in the build-up to the shoot,” he continues. “This added some pressure – I wanted sunshine to bring some visual interest to the documentary and see how the lenses coped with contrast.” A few weeks before, the team debated whether or not to sleep the crew on location to catch the sunrise over the vineyard. Having checked on the recce, it seemed the sunrise would be more powerful than the

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