Along with being one of the most hotly anticipated movies of 2016, The Revenant is also highly likely to carry away a clutch of major prizes during awards season. In addition to key nominations for best film and best acting in a motion picture, the movie has also secured nominations for best cinematography. Little wonder. The work of Mexican DP Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki AMC ASC – working in horrendous cold and using only natural light – has been lauded by the critics as the “consummate cinematic experience.”
Panasonic has released free VariCam menu simulation programs that deliver a virtual, instructional tour of the operation of the VariCam 35 4K cinema camera/recorder, VariCam 35 with Codex V-RAW recorder or VariCam HS high-speed camera/recorder.
The American Society of Cinematographers has nominated three cinematographers for the 2016 Spotlight Award, which recognizes outstanding cinematography in feature-length projects that are screened at festivals, internationally, or in limited theatrical release. The winner will be announced at the 30th ASC Awards on February 14, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. The 2016 nominees are Adam Arkapaw for Macbeth, Mátyás Erdély, HSC for Son of Saul and Cary Joji Fukunaga for Beasts of No Nation.
The nominees in the theatrical release category of the 30th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement are Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Sicario, Janusz Kaminski for Bridge of Spies, Ed Lachman, ASC for Carol, EmmanuelLubezki, ASC, AMC for The Revenant and John Seale, ASC, ACS for Mad Max: Fury Road. The winner will be revealed on February 14 during the ASC Awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
Red Digital Cinema has announced that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the first production shooting on Weapon outfitted with the 8K Red Dragon sensor.
Once in a Lifetime tells the story of two aspiring New Jersey rockers (the real-life band Clayton-Ellis), who move to New York and by chance meet a legendary 1980s rock icon, who they want as their manager and potential ticket to success. Written by Iron Maiden’s groundbreaking bass player and songwriter, Stephen Harris, the pilot for the series was shot in New York City over the course of eight days in November. Dejan Georgevich, ASC, served as director of photography. He shot with two Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera recorders. “During pre-production, I and our digital imaging technician Dave Satin ran demos on the VariCam 35 that included literal candle tests in pitch darkness,” he said.
Digital Cinema Society founder James Mathers recently conducted an in-depth interview with cinematographer Robert Richardson, ASC, following a 70mm film print screening of The Hateful Eight.
If you’re one of the 23 million who have seen the Top 10 iTunes WTF (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO_3Qgib6RQ) video of Missy Elliot featuring Pharrell Williams, you likely recognize the signature moves and grooves director Dave Meyers lent to the comeback queen’s rap performance. This year Scott Cunningham, his director of photography and long-time producer, is adding his own visual influence to Elliot’s storied career.
Anthony Dod Mantle, ASC, BSC, DFF, director Ron Howard's cinematographer on the 1970s Formula 1 adrenaline film Rush, was charged with creating the arresting visuals for In the Heart of the Sea. The logistics of the film, much of which involved the liberal use of water, were daunting. “Shooting a film outside, in English weather, and trying to break the film down into blocks where I could maintain continuity between exterior tanks, interior tanks and real locations – that was quite a big deal,” Dod Mantle says still with a sense of awe.
Members of Toronto’s motion picture and television production community got a first-hand look at Panasonic’s new 4K Ultra HD digital cinema camera, the VariCam 35, in a special technology demonstration hosted by Sim Digital.