"Meadowland" is the directorial debut of Reed Morano ASC, starring Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson as a couple left behind grappling with their son’s disappearance. Morano, whose cinematography credits include "Skeleton Twins," "Kill Kill Your Darlings," and the upcoming HBO series "Vinyl," chose not to pass along DP duties to someone else while she helmed "Meadowland." Instead, the Nebraska native elected to shoot, direct and operate handheld on the intense drama. In this interview, Morano talks to us about what motivated her choices in "Meadowland" from its look to performances, and channeling her experiences into the voice of a director.
Now in select theaters and available on demand, the film was captured on ALEXA with ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses from ARRI Rental NY.
Tell us about MEADOWLAND.
This couple is on a road trip when their son disappears at a gas station off the highway. A year later, they still don’t have closure and don’t know where their son is -- whether he is alive or not. It’s a surreal contemplation on those that are left behind and that feeling after loss when you are living in a dream-like state teetering on the edge of madness. It is less about the procedural and the investigation, more about the internal and visceral journey of the characters. Although this film deals with the subject of grief, it's more about the parents acting out of character, ignoring the repercussions of their actions, almost an adventure of sorts where you don’t know what will happen next.