This article is part of a series of interviews conducted at the 2019 EnergaCAMERIMAGE International Film Festival in Toruń, Poland.

Cinematographer Natasha Braier and Alma Har’el on the set of Honey Boy (Alma Har’el, 2019)

One of today’s most sought-after cinematographers, Natasha Braier skillfully blends realism and fantasy in Alma Har’el’s Honey Boy (2019), written by and starring Shia LaBeouf as a fictional version of his father, a domineering but devoted recovering alcoholic and Vietnam veteran. Intended as a therapeutic exercise, the film shifts between the childhood and rehab treatment of Otis Lort, a troubled young actor and surrogate for LaBeouf himself alternately embodied by Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges. Employing a handheld aesthetic and pastel colors, Har’el and Braier craft intimate scenes that inspire empathy for both father and son as they grapple with their demons and attempt…