Cinematography

AFI to Honor Cinematographer Frederick Elmes

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:51 -- Nick Dager

The American Film Institute announced today that celebrated cinematographer Frederick Elmes (AFI Class of 1972) will receive the 2017 Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. This honor recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of an AFI alumnus or alumna who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin J. Schaffner: talent, taste, dedication and commitment to quality storytelling in film and television.

Comedy with a Cinematic Look

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:33 -- Nick Dager

Two Netflix shows – Master of None and Love – have three things in common: both are comedies, both have a cinematic look and cinematographer Mark Schwartzbard shot both. Created by comedian Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, Master of None tells the story of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who attempts to balance his career and love life in New York City. Love, created by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, This Is 40), Paul Rust, and Lesley Arfin, explores an intense relationship between two Angelenos, Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus (Paul Rust).

Fraser Relied on Outsight for Rogue One

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 13:03 -- Nick Dager

Award-winning cinematographer Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS, relied on the Creamsource Sky, a water resistant five-color 1200W LED light system from Outsight for Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. “Creamsource Sky is just so flexible and renders colors amazingly,” said Fraser. “I am obsessed with the technical, and Creamsource Sky produces really great skin tones. That can be a benefit and a curse when having to mix Sky with lights from other manufacturers, so I use a single brand of lighting for each source — one for skylight, one for a window, and another for facial lighting.”

Online Documentary Shoots 4K

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 12:30 -- Nick Dager

Content studio Malka Media of Hoboken, New Jersey is currently shooting a documentary series for release online about Jersey City, New Jersey’s St. Anthony High School and its legendary basketball coach, Bob Hurley with VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorders. Louis Krubich, Malka Media CEO and series director said that when longtime client Showtime approached him about the St. Anthony story, he and his staff directors of photography agreed that the VariCam LT would be a great choice for this sports documentary, largely because of its 4K acquisition and dual-native 800/5000s.

Fraser Wins Top ASC Prize for Lion

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 11:49 -- Nick Dager

Greig Fraser, ASC, won the coveted Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture for Lion at the 31st Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The ASC Spotlight Award went to Gorka Gómez Andreu, AEC, for House of Others. Winners in the TV categories included Fabian Wagner, BSC for Game of Thrones, Tod Campbell for Mr. Robot and Igor Martinovic for The Night Of.

Matz to Chair SMPTE Cinematography Standards Group

Tue, 01/24/2017 - 11:37 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced final approval of its nomination of Andy Maltz as 2018-2020 chair of ISO/TC 36, the International Organization for Standardization group dedicated to cinematography. Maltz, who is managing director of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council, will serve as chair-elect in 2017 as SMPTE member Julian Pinn, the current chair, serves out his term after nine years in the ro

A Different Look for Nordic Noir

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 12:24 -- Nick Dager

When cinematographer Johan-Fredrik Bødtker, FNF was selected to shoot the forthcoming Norwegian drama series, Valkyrien, he knew what look he wanted. “I wanted the series to feel clean and contemporary but move away from the typical Nordic noir look. It was also very important to me that we could capture the details and mood on all of the different sets, especially the dark and dirty ones,” said Bødtker. “I needed a glass that was sharp, but not too sharp, that would have the right fall off and bokeh, and that would not flare or ghost as soon as the camera was pointed at a light source.”

Creating an ACES Workflow

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 10:41 -- Nick Dager

Award-winning cinematographer Theo Van De Sande ASC was an early supporter of the Academy Color Encoding System, using version 0.2.2 on civil war drama Deliverance Creek in 2013, which was nominated for the ASC Award for Television. Since then he has been a staunch supporter, using ACES on numerous TV shows and pilots. When he was offered the chance to shoot Bad Santa 2 for Miramax, he turned again to ACES for his color-processing pipeline.

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