Watch Joshua James Richards discuss his cinematography for Nomadland

April 16, 2021

Searchlight Pictures has released a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most talked about films of the year, Nomadland, directed by Chloé Zhao and lensed by British cinematographer Joshua James Richards.

Nomadland focuses on a woman (Frances McDormand) who fter losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

You can view the insightful video with Joshua James Richards below:

Richards said: “The approach of the cinematography was one towards classic cinema, but also feels contemporary. We did have some influences, like how Hal Ashby shot in Bound for Glory. I think it was one of the first ever Steadicam shots that took you through all the travelling workers and used walking shots. It’s a great way of serving both character and environment because we’re following Fran from a distance and it’s wide enough that the eye can kind of search the frame.”

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