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Capturing The Morning After

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:24 -- Nick Dager

Shanra J. Kehl’s The Morning After features eight intercut vignettes shot in eight locations in 11 days, telling the story of the moment when you wake up next to someone... the next morning. Kehl served as director/writer/producer and cinematographer on the film. She shot with shot with Cooke S4/I lenses.

Zero Weeks Premieres at DOC NYC

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 08:33 -- Nick Dager

The United States is the only country in the developed world that does not guarantee its citizens paid family leave. In the new documentary Zero Weeks, which premieres November 11 at DOC NYC in New York City, director Ky Dickens explores the impact of that policy on families dealing with the birth of a child, a medical crisis or an aging parent. For many Americans, especially those with low incomes, it comes down to a choice between keeping a job and caring for someone they love.

Irish Film Fest London Opens Nov. 29

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:49 -- Nick Dager

Back for their seventh year, from November 29 through December 3, the Irish Film Festival London will present Ireland’s latest mainstream and independent films over five days across London with exclusive previews, panel discussions and director’s Q&As. This year’s festival opens with The Drummer and the Keeper, directed by Nick Kelly, telling the touching story of an unlikely friendship that develops between the bipolar drummer of a rock band and an institutionalized teen suffering from Asperger's syndrome.

Sherpas Cinema Prepares for Winter

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:20 -- Nick Dager

Preparations for a wave of winter sports action are in full swing at the Whistler, British Columbia production offices of Sherpas Cinema. Creators of the classic free-skiing films All.I.Can and Into the Mind, as well as sports-themed ads for Jeep, Ram Trucks, Audi, The North Face and others, the Sherpas expect big demand for the unique blend of artistry and technical chops they bring to winter sports filmmaking.

Creating a Naturalistic Look

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:55 -- Nick Dager

Writer/director Paul Shoulberg’s vision for his feature The Good Catholic was to have it not look like a typical romantic comedy, but to take on a more naturalistic look and feel. To help achieve that vision, cinematographer Justin Montgomery, who worked with Shoulberg on a previous short project, selected Cooke’s S4/i prime lenses to take advantage of their warmth and bokeh, giving images a creamy quality with sharpness.

Integrating Multiple Source Formats

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 13:16 -- Nick Dager

Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement and the Swami Who Started It All is a documentary film on the life of Srila Prabhupada—the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrived in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s and ignited a worldwide spiritual phenomenon with only his unflinching determination and faith. The film posted at AlphaDogs in Burbank. As with most historical documentaries, the biggest hurdle the team had to overcome were the technical challenges inherent in working with multiple source formats.

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Stature Films Acquires Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Zoom Lenses

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:55 -- Nick Dager

Toronto-based Stature Films is the first North American customer to purchase FujiFilm’s new Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 zoom lens. Stature Films, best known for its commercial and documentary production, was an early adopter of the first in the MK Series – the MK18-55mm – purchasing two shortly after the lens’ introduction last February.

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