All the Ships at Sea - Spot the Movie References!
Sallitt wanted the first shot of the film to feel like a Godard image:
a document of a chair and the person who sits in it. On the set, the
lighting of the shot momentarily reminded Sallitt of the films of Dreyer,
and he caused Director of Photography Duraid Munajim some grief by asking
that the lighting be left just that way, when in fact Duraid was not at
all finished with his work. The end result doesn't look anything like
Dreyer, and is too much of a long shot to feel much like Godard either.
But something of the original intention remains.