The same principle could be applied to the film’s cinematography, which Ben Richardson discusses in our exclusive behind-the-scenes video above. Using primarily a Arriflex 416 camera, his modus operandi was to capture the feel of the Southern Louisiana bayou, concocting a visual story that captured small details like bugs and the humidity balanced out with enough wide shots to avoid suffocating the viewer. “I tried to be [Hushpuppy’s] sense, if not literally her eyes,” says Richardson.
Find out how Richardson pulled off his receptive technique—ultimately winning him a Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance 2012—in the video above.
If you missed them, watch the rest of our behind-the-scenes series on Beasts of the Southern Wild below.