Robert Eggers and DP Jarin Blaschke went through a painstaking process of retrofitting ’30s lenses, optimizing Kodak black-and-white film stock, developing a custom orthochromatic filter, and designing frames specifically for 1.19:1.
In the late 19th century, a young drifter and a veteran lighthouse keeper arrive at a desolate, storm-wracked island. Their mission is to operate and maintain the lighthouse, in total isolation, throughout an unforgiving winter. The scruffy, young Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattison) hopes to learn the art of being a “wickie” from Thomas Wake, an aging, volatile seaman who seaks in gruff nautical verse. Wake takes his job seriously; he won’t have Winslow messing it all up. He sees himself as the guardian of the lighthouse’s traditions and superstitions — “Never kill a seabird,” he implores Winslow, “unless you want to disturb the soul of a sailor that “met his maker.”
Source: No Film School