Cinematography

Creating a Blockbuster Look

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 10:14 -- Nick Dager

Writer/director Adrian Bol’s Legacy of Lies, starring Scott Adkins, is a spy action/thriller/drama about an ex-MI6 agent who is thrown back into the world of espionage and high stakes uncovering the shocking truth about operations conducted by unknown secret services. With a budget of $4.5 million, the goal was for Legacy of Lies to have a big blockbuster look and feel.

Filmed in Imax Program Unveiled

Mon, 09/21/2020 - 09:44 -- Nick Dager

Imax Corporation has unveiled its Filmed In Imax program, a new partnership with the world's leading camera manufacturers to meet filmmaker demand for the Imax Experience. Through the program, Imax will certify high-end, best-in-class digital cinema cameras with leading brands including Arri, Panavision, Red Digital Cinema and Sony to work in the Imax format when paired with its proprietary post-production process. Top Gun: Maverick shot with Sony's Venice, and Dune, shot with the Arri Alexa LF, will be among the first releases certified as Filmed in Imax.

Keeping Focus Shooting Full Frame

Tue, 09/15/2020 - 09:16 -- Nick Dager

One of the challenges for Cooke Optics for the remaining months of 2020, according to the company, will be demonstrating to current and potential customers how it believes its /i technology provides new technical solutions to age old problems. And few problems have been given as much of a twist in recent years as keeping focus while shooting full frame.

Shooting Film for a Period Look

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 09:52 -- Nick Dager

Set from 1913 to the early 1990s, HBO’s six-episode limited series I Know This Much is True required director Derek Cianfrance and cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes to make a choice: What would the show look like? They agreed that a cohesive, period look for the project would be the correct choice — as opposed to a contemporary look.

Truly a Coming of Age Film

Mon, 08/10/2020 - 09:39 -- Nick Dager

In the early aughts, in a small Iowa town, Alice — a student at the local Catholic high school — enjoys watching Titanic and testing her knowledge of movie titles with word scrambles played in online chat rooms. When one of her internet encounters takes an unexpected turn, she suddenly discovers there’s pleasure to be had in pleasuring oneself. Not long after, she attends a four-day Catholic retreat, where she struggles to reconcile her nascent urges with the prospect of eternal judgment

Through Her Lens: A Conversation

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 11:57 -- Nick Dager

On July 14, Made In Her Image, Panavision, Light Iron and Lee Filters presented the virtual roundtable discussion “Through Her Lens: Creating a Truly Inclusive Film Industry.” Moderated by Made In Her Image founder Malakai and featuring cinematographers Mia Cioffi Henry, Melinda James, Kira Kelly, Cybel Martin, Keitumetse Mokhonwana and Sade Ndya, the conversation addressed inequities within the motion-picture industry through the lens of women of color behind the camera.

Shooting Halifax: Retribution Full Frame

Tue, 06/30/2020 - 10:15 -- Nick Dager

When cinematographer Geoffrey Hall, ACS (Chopper, Red Dog: Escape from Pretoria) was asked to shoot Halifax: Retribution, a reboot of the popular Australian TV crime drama series, Halifax f.p. that ran from 1994-2001 on Channel Nine, he saw it as a challenge. “The original series always had exceptionally high production values – it was a quality show that enjoyed a good budget and featured the best actors,” said Hall. “For the new show, I wanted to carry on that feeling of quality and give it a big, glossy look. I was after a look that would put the series in a class of its own.”

The Luminaries Comes to the Screen

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 09:38 -- Nick Dager

When it came time start work on the long-anticipated TV adaptation of Eleanor Catton's Man Booker prize-winning novel, The Luminaries, the filmmakers knew that one of their biggest challenges was to recreate the universe portrayed in the book. Produced by the BBC, Working Title Television and Southern Light Films and adapted for the screen by Catton herself, the six-part mini-series tells an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women travelled across the world to make their fortunes on New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush.

Stephen Lighthill Named ASC President

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 11:02 -- Nick Dager

The American Society of Cinematographers board of governors has elected a new slate of officers, elevating Stephen Lighthill to president of the organization. The board also voted in vice presidents Amy Vincent, Bill Bennett, and John Simmons; treasurer Levie Isaacks; secretary Gregg Heschong; and sergeant-at-arms David Darby.

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