Cameras

Making it GLOW

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 10:42 -- Nick Dager

The Netflix series GLOW, which launched its 10-episode third season in August 2019, brings the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to Las Vegas and the fictitious Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino. The production captures the personal and professional lives of a group of women who perform for a wrestling organization that started in Los Angeles but now find themselves in glitzy Las Vegas during the 1980s. Cinematographer Chris Teague met with show creators, executive producers and episode writers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch to pitch his ideas for the new look of GLOW for its new Las Vegas setting, which is where they realized that everyone was on the same page.

Star Trek Gets a New Look

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:10 -- Nick Dager

Star Trek: Picard, the highly anticipated streaming series from CBS All Access, relied on two complete sets of Cooke Optics Anamorphic/I Special Flair lenses to tell the story. The follow-up series to Star Trek: The Next Generation, and centers on Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) in the next chapter of his life. Director of photography Philip Lanyon’s goal was to give this new series a big movie adventure epic saga feel — while keeping fans in a familiar visual world.

Facing the Challenge of Giant Screen Close-Ups

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 10:53 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer Peter Chang has completed his latest film, Cuba, which won the Best Documentary award at the 34th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and has begun releasing to museums, educational institutions and other giant screen and IMAX venues. In a break from giant screen tradition, his film features close-ups. To accomplish that, he turned to Cooke lenses.

Black Christmas Re-Imagines ‘70s Horror Classic

Tue, 12/17/2019 - 11:37 -- Nick Dager

As Hawthorne College winds down for the Christmas holidays, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority sisters one by one. Produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, Get Out) for Blumhouse Productions, Black Christmas is a re-imagining of the 1974 cult classic for the 21st century audience. The horror film was directed and co-written by Sophia Takal (Always Shine). Although Takal was a fan of the original film, she wanted to bring attention to contemporary women’s rights issues, in particular the Me-Too movement

Recreating the Sounds of ‘60s Harlem

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 12:43 -- Nick Dager

The riveting crime drama Godfather of Harlem has earned critical praise and popular success for its unflinching portrait of 1960s Harlem under the sway of competing criminal gangs. A big part of the show’s uncanny realism derives from its soundtrack, edited and mixed at Goldcrest Post, which blends the idiosyncratic dialogue of Italian and African-American mobsters with meticulously-detailed New York City soundscapes and an absorbing blend of period and contemporary music.

Solving School Fight’s Budget Woes

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 12:34 -- Nick Dager

How do you make a full-length feature film, with flawless, cinematic values when your camera budget only stretches to the Sony FS7 cinema cameras already owned by the crew? School Fight is a low budget, independent feature film, but you’d be forgiven for assuming the investment in the on-screen image was far more high-end. This comes from the crew’s unwavering commitment to achieving the highest possible production values by squeezing everything they could out of the camera equipment they had available and a minimal budget.

Red Names Alan Piper Managing Director for EMEA

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:49 -- Nick Dager

Red Digital Cinema has named Alan Piper managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Piper, a veteran in the industry with previous experience at Red, will oversee operations, sales, marketing, services, and customer relationships in the region, while expanding the company’s interface with post-production facilities. He will be based in the Red offices at Pinewood Studios and will manage the launch of Red’s new storefront facility in Soho early next year.

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