Before the start of the shoot for their film The New World, director Terrence Malick and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki devised a series of photography rules that were to be used during filming:
- No artificial lights. All is shot in natural light.
- No crane or dolly shots, just handheld or Steadicam shots.
- Everything is shot in the subjective view.
- All shots must be ‘deep-focus shots’, that is everything (foreground and background) is visible and focused.
- You (the camera crew) are encouraged to go and shoot unexpected things that might happen in accident or if your instinct tells you so.
- Selective shots: any shot that does not have visual strength is not used.