Video Essay Examines Space and Scale in The Martian

 

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This brief, but stunning, video essay examines Director Ridley Scott‘s and Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski‘s use of space and scale to illustrate Astronaut Mark Watney’s utter sense of isolation in the 2016 Oscar nominated drama (or comedy if you’re the HFPA), The Martian.

In the film, Watney, played by Matt Damon, is left stranded on Mars, presumed dead by his colleagues and friends. It is a tale of survival on the desolate red planet, though all that open space isn’t as freeing as one might suspect. According to Scott, “The Martian‘s space becomes something that constricts Watney, rather than setting him free; instead of escaping into the vastness of Mars, he has to carve out his own space within it.”

Much of the film’s sweeping landscapes were shot on location in Jordan.

Drew Goddard‘s (Cabin in the Woods) screenplay, which was also nominated for an Oscar, was adapted from Andy Weir‘s novel of the same name.

Check out the video essay in the player below.

 

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