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by Aaron Hunt
Alice (Madeline Brewer), the star of Cam, sustains herself as a full-time webcam model at the top of the “FreeGirls.Live” leaderboards. She aspires to break Top 50, but to do so she’ll have to descend deeper into her on-screen persona and farther from her off-screen principles. The system of rewards in this cyber cranny conditions her to betray her standards; the more Alice caters to her audience’s desires the more her fan base grows and the bigger her tips get. When she’s pushed to go beyond her comfort zone, a digital doppelganger of Alice, named Lola, manifests and assumes control of her account — eager to please her audience in all the ways Alice wouldn’t.
Feature - Debuts - Director - Photography - Katelin
In their feature debuts, director of photography Katelin Arizmendi and director Daniel Goldhaber visualized Cam with disparate hues and camera moves to distinguish between spaces (both cerebral and literal) and tonalities between scenes. They stuck to a shot list and hardly deviated, but, by inclination and to afford some freedom of movement and performance, Arizmendi lit her spaces 360 degrees. Within her “Cam-world” settings, sourcey monitor lights worked in variable grades of oppressive, literally reflecting Alice’s paranoia and anxiety back to her face like a gauge.
It’s not all a digital horror show, though. Arizmendi, who has amassed nearly 34,000 followers on Instagram, relates the benefits social media has had on her ever-growing and propulsive cinematography career. Since she started as a D.P., Arizmendi has showcased and curated her work on social media platforms (even prior to Instagram’s takeover) with up-to-date clips and stills as a sort of second reel. With Cam as her choice narrative feature film debut, she has already gone on to shoot the upcoming features Swallow (starring Haley Bennet and produced by Joe Wright) and the Sony dirt bike movie...
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