Matthias Grunsky, bvk



RESULTS: capturing a crisp and colorful world with Super Baltar lenses

“RESULTS” is set in a very crisp and colorful world, but Andrew and me wanted to resist that with a somewhat flat, desaturated, not too sharp image. One of the elements to achieve that look was the lens choice. I decided to use a set of Super Baltar lenses, made by Bausch & Lomb in the 60’s. They don’t have this “HD look” we experience a lot today but give a rather flat and warm feel and a certain softness without being out of focus. I believe that also helps with evoking feelings, transporting emotions.

Because Andrew and me felt that in most of her scenes we want to be close to Kat (Cobie Smulders), I mainly shot her with the 35 mm, while being further away with the camera and going on a longer lens on Danny (Kevin Corrigan) or Trevor (Guy Pearce), creating some distance, to give a discreet visual hint of this invisible wall of miscommunication between them.

In my framing I wanted to emphasize the loneliness of the characters that lies under the surface. Our actors did a great job showing physical attraction. But really the characters have difficulties getting together and communicating. And we tried to emphasize that with the camera. Sometimes there was a lot of empty space, especially in Danny’s house which we embraced with our shots, but also with the other characters I created voids within the frame whenever it felt that was where they really were emotionally at the moment.

FILMMAKER MAGAZINE: Matthias Grunsky on shooting “Results”


with Cobie Smulders, Guy Pearce, Kevin Corrigan, Anthony Michael Hall, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, Constance Zimmer
directed by Andrew Bujalski

Andrew Bujalski and Matthias Grunsky on set of RESULTS