Cinematography

Shooting Instrument of War

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:20 -- Nick Dager

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.

ASC Announces 2018 Honorees

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:10 -- Nick Dager

In recognition of their special contributions to the art of cinematography, the American Society of Cinematographers has named four honorees to be feted at the 32nd ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Russell Carpenter will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Russell Boyd will earn the International Award; Alan Caso will get the Career Achievement in Television Award; and Stephen Lighthill will take home the Presidents Award. The presentations will be made at the annual ASC awards gala on February 17, 2018, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

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.

Documenting the Unimaginable

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 14:58 -- Nick Dager

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.

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