Markus Förderer, ASC, BVK doesn’t take chances on set. He considers shooting days precious, so he rigorously tests new gear, new moves and new ideas long before he gets to set. “Shooting days are there to shoot” he says, “not to set up and light,” so he comes to the set prepared. The highly visually driven film, Bliss was no exception. A science fiction drama, it stars Owen Wilson as Greg and Salma Hayek as Isabel. The story is set around a man whose life is in disarray when he meets a beautiful woman who tries to convince him he is living in a simulation.
Working with cinematographer Ed Lachman, ASC, well known for his work on award-winning films including Erin Brockovich, Far from Heaven and Carol, Panasonic has created a new exposure map tool EL Zone, as part of the VariCam firmware version 9.0 update. The new tool is designed to assist in the shooting process and to provide even more precise exposure control.
Following its Netflix launch in January, Fate: The Winx Saga, the live-action TV adaptation of Nickelodeon’s animated series Winx Club quickly shot to number one in the U.S. and number three in the U.K. Cinematographer Frida Wendel FSF shot the series. As Wendell put it, one of her considerations during the live action shoot was how to play around with the visual effects.
The Society of Camera Operators has announced the nominees for the 2021 Camera Operator of the Year Awards and Creative Vision Celebration for the Film and Television categories. Nominees for the Camera Operator of the Year Film & Television categories will be awarded live during the virtual show, which will take place April 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. PDT.
Arriving in movie theatres in the summer of 1988, Coming to America starred Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem Joffer from the fictional African nation of Zamunda. Upon learning that his parents, King Jaffe (James Earl Jones) and Queen Aoleon (Madge Sinclair), had arranged for him to be married, Akeem and his aide Semmi (Arsenio Hall) embarked on a journey to find the prince a bride with whom he could connect both emotionally and intellectually. Naturally, Akeem’s quest for the future queen of his nation took him to Queens, New York, and it was there that he met and fell in love with Lisa McDowell (Shari Headley). Directed by Craig Brewer, the sequel Coming 2 America finds Akeem and Lisa 30 years later and still happily married, now with three daughters of their own.
Following the worldwide success of its 2019 debut, the second season of Hierro recently premiered on Movistar + in Spain. Created by brothers Pepe and Jorge Coira, Hierro follows the story of investigating magistrate Candela Montes who is transferred to El Hierro, the most remote of the Canary Islands. When planning the second season, cinematographer Jose Luis Bernal, who shot season one, was very clear that he wanted to go a step further with the look of the show, to get to something different, while ensuring the soul of the story was untouched.
The American Society of Cinematographers has announced its nominees for feature film, documentary and television cinematography, representing the organization’s picks for the most compelling visual filmmaking over the past 14 months. Winners will be named during the 35th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on April 18. The virtual ceremony will be live streamed via American Society of Cinematographers Facebook page at 12:30 pm PDT from the historic ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood.
Noted cinematographer Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS, will be a featured keynote speaker at the Hollywood Producers Association’s annual Tech Retreat, which is being held March 15-24. Walker, whose recent work includes Mulan (2020) and Hidden Figures (2016), is a respected artist who has been working throughout the pandemic and will share her experiences and insights. The event features live and recorded content, live Q&A’s, interactive roundtables, and networking opportunities, all presented in HPA’s new Engage portal.
The Digital Cinema Society has completed a short documentary entitled Getting Safely Back to Work in the Age of COVID. The program is dedicated to the memory of the association’s friend and longtime DCS member, Allen Daviau, ASC, an early victim of the disease.
Nominated for two Golden Globes, including one for first-time director Regina King, the film One Night in Miami… explores the dialectic that might have ensued between four young, famous Black men in 1964 as they each stood at a personal crossroads within the larger context of the civil rights movement. The film was shot by cinematographer Tami Reiker, ASC.