While on location shooting the documentary about traditional silk weavers, Silkies of Madagascar, award-winning National Geographic stills photographer and video director David Evans decided to make the leap to Director of Photography.
Schneider Optics has introduced an iPro Lens for the iPhone 5. In addition, the system now offers a larger family of lenses, including a new Macro and Super Wide.
When Space Shuttle Atlantis, the newest attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida opened to the public on June 29, a new chapter in the story of interactive AV design for the themed entertainment industry was written.
Renowned artist Clifford Ross incorporated Maxon Cinema 4D software technology in the design process of The Austin Wall, a monumental and unprecedented stained glass work housed at the new United States Courthouse in Austin, Texas.
When shooting his recent independent feature Heads We Do, cinematographer Andrew Huebscher faced challenges including a tight budget, a 15-day shooting schedule, exterior night scenes, and the need for outstanding motion-picture image quality.
It’s been such a very long day. In the eighteen years from Before Sunrise to Before Midnight, Celine (Julie Delpy) and Jesse (Ethan Hawke) have been talking about themselves, their lives, their problems. They’ve been having sex, falling in love, having children. They’ve gone from Vienna through Paris and now they’re in Greece. Have they made any progress?
The budget for this film was $225 million. I wonder if any of it was spent on the script? The trailers had convinced me it would be my favorite super-hero movie of the summer – a bit dark, introspective, with the right combination of visual effects and human emotion. The trailers lied.
There’s a whole college catalog of life lessons in this movie, but those lessons are pronounced rather than being tucked carefully into the story. Monsters University is more colorful than creative, fast-paced but a bit formulaic without being surprisingly funny.
If you’re not a ‘car guy’ – and I’m definitely not a ‘car guy’ – this is a really long and very repetitious movie. But it’s not a disappointing one because what you get is exactly what you expect – a movie that downshifts past an incomprehensible storyline, upshifts through poor acting, powers its way through massive plot holes, and slides around a total lack of suspense of any kind.
[Editors Note: As has been widely reported, in recent weeks filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh have predicted that Hollywood will implode if the major studios continue to invest only in tent-pole movies and endless sequels. In a guest column Russ Collins, artistic director of the Cinetopia Festival, CEO of Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater and director of the Art House Convergence, takes exception.] Steven Spielberg is a gifted filmmaker whose impact on the art and business of cinema is arguably peerless. Steven Soderbergh is a gifted and important filmmaker. The aesthetic and financial success of both Stevens is unquestioned. However, both of these cinema icons have come out with almost bitter assessments of the future of movies recently. I believe these assessments are wrongheaded. Maybe it’s because the pessimistic assessments come from these two cinema idols that it makes me sad and a little mad.