AKOMA directed by ALEX GASPARETTO written by LUCIE GILLESPIE GASPARETTO
Akoma was photographed over a 3 day period in August 2016. Short films are challenging from a cinematography standpoint. On a feature, there is plenty of time to evolve a visual approach that complements the narrative. Every shot in a short takes on greater importance. Because Akoma has no spoken dialogue this was especially true. For Akoma, the goal of the photography was to express 2 themes; beauty and love.
For director Alex Gasparetto and writer/co-star Lucie Gillespie Gasparetto a key visual influence was Sean Bobbits work on Twelve Years a Slave. Other sources of inspiration were McCabe & Mrs. Miller: Vilmos Zsigmond, Days of Heaven: Nestor Almendros, The Keeping Room: Martin Ruhe and the underrated work of Haskell Boggs on the TV series Little House on the Prairie. There is a little bit of each of these films in Akoma.