In this conversation, EoM contributor Thomas Manning speaks with cinematographer Paula Huidobro about her work on the film CODA, which is currently streaming on Apple TV+. Throughout the discussion, Huidobro speaks about the unique experiences of crafting a film focused on the Deaf Community, the challenges of filming scenes on fishing trawlers out on the water, and the importance of natural lighting as a narrative tool.
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Gifted with a voice that her parents can’t hear, seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones), is the sole hearing member of a deaf family—a CODA, Child of Deaf Adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.
In theaters and streaming on Apple TV+ August 13th, 2021.
Thomas Manning is a member of the NCFCA and SEFCA, and also the co-host of the television show and radio program “Meet Me at the Movies.” He has served as a production assistant and voting member on the Film Selection Committee for the Real to Reel Film Festival. He is currently studying film, television, and English at Gardner-Webb University.