Cinematography

Nice Shoes Color Grades A Father’s Son

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 08:49 -- Nick Dager

Color grading and editorial finishing for A Father’s Son, director Patrick Chen’s short film about the murder of a teenage boy in Manhattan’s Chinatown, was completed at Nice Shoes in preparation for its world premiere at the 17th Annual Disorient Asian American Film Festival in Oregon. Colorist Phil Choe worked with Chen, cinematographer Jason Chew and editor Xiaoya (Patricia) Ma in polishing the look of the film.

Arri Supports Canadian Society of Cinematographers with Major Donation

Tue, 05/10/2022 - 08:43 -- Nick Dager

Arri will support the Canadian Society of Cinematographers’ The Future is Calling campaign with a contribution of $300,000 in Canadian currency. The $3.75 million campaign, launched in November, will support a national outreach, education, internship, and online educational program to break down barriers marginalized communities face in accessing jobs in the film and television industry. The campaign has received support from the industry, government, and philanthropic funders. More than half the goal has been pledged to date.

The Fine Line Between Informing and Entertaining an Audience

Thu, 03/17/2022 - 16:07 -- Nick Dager

Bringing a harrowing real-life story to the screen demands the lightest possible touch of Hollywood’s usual hyperreality. Hulu's Dopesick, based on Beth Macy’s book, tackles the background to America’s opioid addiction crisis, and must walk that fine line between informing and entertaining its audience. Cinematographer Checco Varese, ASC, used Zeiss Supreme Prime, Cinema Zoom and Supreme Prime Radiance lenses with the large-format Sony Venice in its 6K large format mode to bring a careful balance of style and substance to all eight episodes.

Capturing the Coldness of Death

Mon, 03/07/2022 - 10:17 -- Nick Dager

The original King of Boys feature film, written and directed by Kemi Adetiba, follows the story of Alhaja Eniola Salami, a businesswoman and philanthropist with a chequered past and a promising political future. As her political ambitions see her outgrowing the underworld connections responsible for her considerable wealth, she's drawn into a power struggle that threatens everything she holds dear. Details about the sequel are shrouded in secrecy but will provide a long-awaited continuation of the gripping story. The sequel’s cinematographer is Kagho Odhebor.

SOC Names Camera Operators of the Year

Mon, 03/07/2022 - 09:59 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Camera Operators has announced that the recipients of Camera Operator of the Year in Film are Mitch Dubin, SOC, and B Camera John “Buzz” Moyer, SOC (West Side Story). The recipients of Camera Operator of the Year in Television are Manolo Rojas, SOC, and B Camera Pauline Edwards, SOC (Snowfall, Season 4, Episode 8, Betrayal). The award recipients were celebrated by industry peers and colleagues during a virtual awards ceremony on Saturday, March 5.

Managing HDR for Sweet Magnolias

Thu, 03/03/2022 - 09:50 -- Nick Dager

Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias is a dramatic romance tale set in the South about three lifelong friends navigating their personal and professional priorities and relationships alongside one another. Sweet Magnolias cinematographer Brian Johnson is a Gemini Award nominee, a two-time Golden Sheaf award winner and recipient of two Leos, whose resume includes The Killing, and You Me Her, to name a few. He was joined on the series by Tyler Blackwell, digital imaging technician, whose credits include One Night in Miami…, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Women of the Movement, among others. Johnson shot with a Sony Venice full-frame digital cinema cameras. Blackwell follows the production on a combination of Sony PVM-X2400 and BVM-HX310 4K high dynamic range monitors.

Steadicam Introduces New M-2 Core Kits

Wed, 03/02/2022 - 09:53 -- Nick Dager

The most integrated and adaptable Steadicam system ever made is now available in a more affordable option with the introduction of the new M-2 Core Kits. Specially configured and priced to provide operators with an entry point into the Steadicam M-Series ecosystem, the M-2 Core Kits utilize the same lightweight components and modular design that has made the M-2 an industry standard.

Creating the Gilded Age’s Look

Wed, 02/23/2022 - 12:44 -- Nick Dager

Set in in New York City in the 1880s, a period marked by the clash between old traditions and new paradigms, Julian Fellowes’ HBO original series The Gilded Age tells the story of two families from different socioeconomic backgrounds and the relationship between them as they are trying to navigate those times of immense change. The Gilded Age chronicles the wide-eyed young scion of a conservative family who moves to New York City in 1882 and finds herself in the middle of a social war between old money and new money battling to preserve, or ascend, the social hierarchy. The first episode became available for streaming in the U.S. on HBO Max last month. Vanja Cernjul, ASC, HFS was the cinematographer for the series.

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