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[on Muhammad: The Messenger of God
(2015) and Univisium] I used this composition system that I like very much, called Univisium. A relationship between the vertical area, one time, for the result area, two times. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) gave me inspiration through his own paintings, particularly "The Last Supper". I found a perfect balance between those to perform. I was tired of using so ...
Created the "Univisium" system - a 3-perforation 35mm format with an aspect ratio of 2:1 - with the intention of this becoming a universal aspect ratio for both film and TV. He has insisted on cropping all of his movies to the 2:1 aspect ratio in order for his films to comply with the Univision system.
Scenes are often illuminated with light from the side instead of overhead. For interiors the main source of light appeared to come through windows; for exteriors, the sun low in the sky.