Cinematography

No Need to Panic!

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 09:06 -- Nick Dager

For Panic! At the Disco’s music videos for its new album Viva Las Vengeance, cinematographer Eric Bader and director Brendan Walter took up the task creating unique videos that would make up the different acts of this rock opera. With 12 songs on the album and a tight deadline for the videos, Bader and Brendan trimmed the project to a more manageable six videos.

SOC Announces 2022 Award Winners

Mon, 12/19/2022 - 08:49 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Camera Operators has announced the recipients of the upcoming Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Technical Achievement Awards. Recipients will be presented and honored in-person for the first time since the COVID19 pandemic during the annual SOC Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner and celebration February 25 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel.

Overcoming the Low-Budget Comedy Look

Tue, 12/13/2022 - 09:48 -- Nick Dager

Am I Being Unreasonable?, the much-anticipated comedy-thriller series co-written by and starring BAFTA award-winner Daisy May Cooper and Selin Hizli, belies its low budget with a cinematic look. Shot by Slater Slater Ling, BSC, and directed by Johnny Campbell, the series is set in a small country village where Nic (Cooper) is lonely, bored in her marriage and haunted by a huge secret. One of the biggest challenges was to move away from a standard low-budget comedy look.

Moving from Stage to Screen

Mon, 12/12/2022 - 09:15 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer Tat Radcliffe, BSC, chose the Cooke S7/i prime lens range paired with a Sony Venice to shoot the much-anticipated Netflix film adaptation of Matilda the Musical. Although it was important to stay true to the spirit of the stage show the team had to calibrate any sense of artificial stage.

Russell Crowe Directs Himself in Poker Face

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 10:52 -- Nick Dager

For award-winning cinematographer Aaron McLisky, ACS, and for Academy Award winning director, co-writer, and leading actor Russell Crowe, shooting the psychological thriller Poker Face came down to two things: achieving a modern look that maintained a painterly quality as well as choosing the right aspect ratio to capture the ensemble cast in a single frame. One other challenge on the set was having a director who was also the leading actor.

The Challenge of Filming a Moving Car

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 09:31 -- Nick Dager

Capturing and producing high-quality dynamic and fast-paced vehicle footage creates some of the most testing logistical challenges that film, television, and commercial production teams contend with. Kala, a production, and dynamic camera movement company based in Canada, is all too aware of the challenges of shooting moving vehicles.

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Barbarian: Tethered to Reality

Mon, 10/31/2022 - 09:30 -- Nick Dager

When cinematographer Zach Kuperstein got the job to shoot writer-director Zach Cregger’s horror feature Barbarian, one of the first things he did was reach out to Light Iron senior colorist Sam Daley. The two had previously worked together on a short and three independent features — The Eyes of My Mother, The Vigil, and Paper Spiders — but their collaborations began during post, not during pre-production.

Competing with Big Budget Films

Wed, 09/14/2022 - 12:42 -- Nick Dager

Low budget films with a captivating story and compelling cinematography can compete with films budgeted in the hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s a lesson proven by the Netflix independent feature Purple Hearts from director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum and cinematographer Matt Sakatani Roe. Purple Hearts became number seven in Netflix’s Most Popular Films List just 28 days after its release on July 29 with 220.6 million hours watched. It also became the number one film on Netflix in the UK within one week of its premiere.

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