Earlier this week, I reviewed Oscar winning Polish film Ida. Director Pawel Pawlikoski’s drama about a nun who discovers her Jewish ancestry arrived on the big screen with one of the most fascinating film-making sagas of the year. It’s likely you’ve already heard some of the stories behind Ida’s production: the casting of a non-actress in the lead role and a halt in filming due to the worst Polish winter in a century.

Pawlikowski has spoken openly about the problems encountered trying to get his film off the ground and the small miracles that enabled it to happen. In this article he wrote for The Guardian, Pawlikowski describes his ‘fluid’ approach and how the film translated from script to screen. The director illustrates his film-making decisions scene by scene, embedding many of them for us to watch. It’s a must read for anyone interested in Ida or film-making more generally, so I simply had to share it here. Be warned though, the article contains spoilers.
Ida Movie

If that piques your interest, then you might like to give this article a look too. Benjamin B, writer for the American Society of Cinematography, discusses Ida’s shot composition, scene lighting and mise en scene illustrated with extracts from the film.

How we made Ida: Pawel Pawlikowski on the journey from script to film – The Guardian
Three scenes from Ida – The American Society of Cinematographers