Instrument of War is a period piece based on the true story of Clair Cline, a US Army Air Forces pilot shot down over occupied Holland during World War II and held at the German Stalag Luft 1 POW camp, and The Prison Camp Violin he made from materials found in the camp and by trading Red Cross cigarettes for a bow. “We shot in Lithuania for the authenticity of the architecture, and built the POW camp around existing buildings to enhance the film’s production value,” said cinematographer Wes Johnson. With the authentic look of their sets, and a strong U.S. dollar, Instrument of War looks like it was shot for several times its actual production cost.
Cinematographer Adam Kimmel ASC used Cooke Optic’s new Anamorphic/i SF lenses to shoot Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House, which tells the story of the whistle-blower FBI agent who worked with journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to uncover the Watergate scandal.
Fujifilm is now offering zero percent financing for all Fujinon 4K and HD broadcast lenses and the Premier HK 4K+ and Cabrio 4K range of cinema-style lenses.
While language barriers posed some initial challenges for the Chinese and international crew and cast of S.M.A.R.T. Chase, the upcoming action thriller produced by Bliss Media and starring Orlando Bloom, the choice of camera and lenses did not. The film was directed by Charles Martin and shot by director of photography Philipp Blaubach using Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses on Arri Alexa digital cameras to capture the modern architecture and dazzling night skyline of Shanghai.
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.
Based on the manga series of the same name by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note stars Nat Wolff as Light Turner, a young man who obtains a supernatural notebook that gives him the power to exterminate any living person by writing his or her name in the notebook.
Regardless of budget, every director and cinematographer wants their film to look its best. That was no different with Blood Runs Thick, a low budget, indie horror feature from director Romane Simon and shot by Los Angeles-based Nik Shaw.
The Workshop’s True North is an inspiring documentary about Sean Swarner, who in 2002 became the first cancer survivor to reach the top of Mount Everest. He’s kept climbing ever since spreading his encouraging message of hope. In a span of five years, the two-time cancer survivor with only one functioning lung scaled the Seven Summits, the highest mountains in each of the seven continents.
MTV’s new reality series, Siesta Key, takes the tried and tested concept of earlier efforts like Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and moves it to Florida, following a new group of young adults confronting issues of love, heartbreak, betrayal, class, and looming adulthood as they spend the summer together in their beautiful hometown. Siesta Key is set on a small barrier island off the coast of Sarasota. Cinematographer Gareth Paul Cox shot the series with VariCam 35 and LT cinema cameras.
FujiFilm is currently conducting Lunch & Learn Lenses events in cities across North and South America. Each Lunch & Learn Lenses session is an informal discussion over lunch with representatives from FujiFilm that provides attendees with an opportunity to give insight into what future lens innovations they’d like to see.