HBO’s “Euphoria” Shot on Kodak Ektachrome Movie

Season 2 of the HBO series, Euphoria premiered last Sunday and if you’ve listened to the first episode you might have noticed that the show’s aesthetic is a bit different. It turns out that season two was shot entirely on a Kodak Ektachrome motion picture.

To make the new season a success, the show’s director Sam Levinson said they reached out to Kodak to see if it would even be possible to get enough of the much-loved film stock to shoot an entire 35-format series. mm. According to Levinson, Kodak has converted parts of its factory to make this possible.

A behind-the-scenes video from Season 2 of Euphoria details the director’s choice to shoot it entirely on film.

Related: Inside the factory where Kodak Ektachrome is done

But why switch from a digital format in season 1 to an analog format in season 2? “The biggest fear was that we were going to go back and do the same,” Levinson said in the above behind-the-scenes video on season two.. “If the first season was a 2 a.m. house party, the second season should feel like 5 a.m., way past the point where everyone should have come home.”

“The first season was very present and had a sense of present,” said Marcell Rev, director of photography for the show. “[Season 2] looks like some kind of memory from high school. Emotionally — the [Ektachrome] the movie seemed like the right choice.

A roll of Kodak Ektachrome film Kevin Farrugia / Wikipedia

The idea to shoot in film first came to Rév during the filming of the two specials. Euphoria bonus episodes released last winter.

“I’m not against digital at all, but when I have the opportunity to shoot on film, I do,” said Rev. The Envelope last summer. “I think it captures skin tones better than anything and that’s really important, especially with a room like this.”

New episodes of Euphoria debut every Sunday night at 9 p.m. EST on HBO. We personally look forward to enjoying all the glory of this beautiful Ektachrome film.

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