She Dies Tomorrow has been celebrated for its unsettling sensibilities and unorthodox filmmaking techniques. Independent Spirit Award-nominated cinematographer Jay Keitel's work on the film is one of the main factors in the film's moody success. I recently had the chance to ask Keitel a series of questions about his approach to filmmaking on She Dies Tomorrow.
I find intention to be one of the most important elements in filmmaking. From my perspective, the best films and filmmakers make active or intentional choices for every element on the screen. These choices add up over the course of a film to help tell a story using every aspect of movie-making, from plot all the way to props, lighting, blocking, and camera motion. She Dies Tomorrow is bathed in non-diegetic light: light that comes from outside the world of the film. Keitel and his director, Amy Seimetz, use light and color to help tell their story. I had to know why Keitel did what he did. What his intention was behind the heavy color toning.