Produced to extremely high production standards and directed by Indian American filmmaker Mira Nair, A Suitable Boy tells the story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala) as she comes of age in North India in 1951, at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election. The series involves more than a hundred characters, many belonging to one of four extended families.
When Graham Sheldon got the call from showrunner Johnny Fountain to be his DP for remote production on the new Behind Every Man series, he felt up to the challenge. Sheldon’s technical background, and his willingness to try new and potentially unproven shooting methods gave him the confidence to capture the interview-heavy documentary-series amid COVID-19 restrictions.
When director Carlos Montero finalized the deal to turn his novel, The Mess You Leave Behind, into an eight-episode mini-series for Netflix, one of the first calls he made was to cinematographer Isaac Vila to ask him to take on the project. Vila, a frequent Cooke lenses user, knew the range of S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses would allow him to achieve a sharp, subtle and smooth rendering to create magical scenery when playing around with the fog, humidity, stone, and contrasts of the scenery the series would have in the background.
This Wednesday, December 16, at 11:00 a.m. PST, G-Technology’s Martin Christien is hosting a live Zoom conversation with cinematographers Eve Cohen and Jim Geduldick to discuss the various challenges that they have each encountered recently in the midst of the pandemic regarding schedules, production workflows, products/gear, and ensuring safety within physical and virtual production spaces.
Fugitive Dreams, based on the play by Caridad Svich, is an allegorical road movie touching on themes of homelessness, mental health and addiction, as two lost souls embark across a dreamscape America. Their darkly strange journey confronts them with their traumatic pasts, and bonds them in compassion and love. For cinematographer Peter Simonite, ASC, CSC lensing the film meant needing a vintage look — but a look that was also consistent between lenses.
The Flight Attendant, the Max original series from WarnerMedia Entertainment for the new HBO Max streaming service in the U.S., tells the story of how an entire life can change in one night. Flight attendant Cassandra “Cassie” Bowden (Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory) wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man — and no idea what happened.
Cinematographer Akis Konstantakopoulos, GSC, mixed natural lighting and handheld camera work to bring a natural and informal dimension to The Chosen, a multi-season TV show charting the life of Jesus Christ. “If you normally find Bible projects boring or unrelatable, like I do, this will feel different. And I like to think that the look of it has contributed to it being such an international hit,” said Konstantakopoulos.
Following the lift of the first lockdown in London caused by the COVID-19 outbreak in early July, cinematographer Matteo Bangrazi and filmmaker Alfred George Bailey immediately jumped on set with the rest of their team to film the dance documentary I Still Breathe. The film is about a group of socially aware young adults who give extraordinary and deeply emotional testimonies of being black, mixed race, and white in London, England.
Cooke Optics has announced that its chairman, Les Zellan, will be stepping down from the company, and its CEO, Robert Howard, will be retiring, both effective October 31. Tim Pugh will become CEO, while Kees van Oostrum, currently a Cooke Optics board member, will become the company’s non-executive chairman.
The American Society of Cinematographers will celebrate the 35th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on April 18, 2021. The annual ceremony will be streamed live from the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood, with plans for a simultaneous in-person component to be determined at a later date.