Cate Shortland directing Lore

Director Cate Shortland directs a room full of people. We see the other people from behind and out of focus.
Cate Shortland directing Lore
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Cate Shortland directs actors in a behind-the-scenes still from her second feature, Lore (2012).

It can be a challenge to capture meaningful images of directors at work, but this image conveys the sense that all eyes are on the director for her guidance during the shoot.

Having everyone except Cate out of focus in this photo creates a striking composition. Shot from behind, it also cleverly places the viewer in the frame, as if we are one of the cast, giving it an effective immediacy and focusing our attention on Cate.

The photographer has also overcome the challenge of shooting on a film set in low light, which is a good demonstration of their skill.