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Making A Suitable Boy

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 10:40 -- Nick Dager

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.

Shooting Remotely in a Pandemic

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 11:01 -- Nick Dager

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.

Landscape as a Character

Mon, 12/28/2020 - 09:55 -- Nick Dager

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.

The Dreams of Lost Souls

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 11:24 -- Nick Dager

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.

Shooting The Flight Attendant

Tue, 12/01/2020 - 12:19 -- Nick Dager

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.

Creating The Chosen’s Natural Look

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 11:03 -- Nick Dager

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.

Sony Launches FX6 Full-Frame Camera, Expands Cinema Line

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 11:25 -- Nick Dager

Sony Electronics today officially announced the FX6 model ILME-FX6V camera, the latest addition to Sony’s cinema line, which also includes the Venice and FX9 cameras. This newest camera delivers a coveted filmic look cultivated from extensive experience in digital cinema production, as well as enhanced operability thanks to an innovative body design, extensive durability and intuitive customizability

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