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Jean-Marc Vallee filmed “Dallas Buyers Club” in 25 days, for just under $5 million. The director, whose credits include “Young Victoria,” had a no-frills set, including only source lighting to illuminate the scenes (“I’m a less-is-more kind of guy.”) Co-scripter Craig Borten had been with the project for 20 years, but Vallee said the script didn’t change much after he signed on; the only changes involved concentrating even more on the three lead characters, played by Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Garner.

Cinematography: Yves Belanger

We used only natural lighting. I worked that way on “Cafe Flor” and I loved it so much. We were shooting with Down’s Syndrome children and we wanted to use digital, low lighting, with 360-degree mobility, to capture the kids, shooting handheld. “Dallas” was the perfect project to push it further. It was not only a creative decision, but it helped the budget. Yves accepted the challenge. »


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