The Good Road, from director Gyan Correa and cinematographer Amitabha Singh, was recently named the National Award Winner 2013 for Best Feature Film in Gujarati language at the 60th National Film Awards ceremony of the Directorate of Film Festivals. The award honors the best in Indian cinema. The film was produced by NFDC (National Film Development Corporation).
The film is a modern Gujarati story about three sets of people travelling on a highway, cutting through the Banni, bordering the Rann in Kachchh. Each on a journey to achieve their individual pursuits, but over a 24 hour period, the travelers discover something altogether different and unexpected about their lives.
Scene from Ephraim’s Rescue © Remember Films/used by permission
T.C. Christensen, ASC has made close to 40 feature films and countless shorts and documentaries over the last four decades. The cinematographer-director has been following his passion for filmmaking since high school, when he started shooting with a 16mm Bolex camera, and fostered that ambition with an “opportunity meets preparation” attitude.
Most recently, Christensen finished a labor of love called Ephraim’s Rescue, which tells the true story of Ephraim Hanks, who like most teenage boys, only cares about himself, but finds his way in life, and eventually provides relief and rescue to the suffering Martin Handcart Company pioneers who were caught in Wyoming’s early winter storms in the fall of 1856.
(L-R) MICHAEL B. JORDAN, OCTAVIA SPENCER and Director RYAN COOGLER on the set of FRUITVALE STATION © 2013 The Weinstein Company. All Rights Reserved.
Fruitvale Station entered the 2013 Sundance Film Festival rather quietly, but the small independent film emerged with the Audience Award, the dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and a deal with The Weinstein Company. Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Ryan Coogler and based on true events, Fruitvale Station tells the story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant on the final day of 2008 and his untimely death New Year’s Day at the hands of a police officer on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station platform in the Fruitvale district of Oakland, California. Grant was unarmed, and the incident caused outrage and inflamed racial tensions.
Handling director of photography duties was Rachel Morrison. Coogler had workshopped Fruitvale Station at the Sundance Institute, and the institute’s Lisa McKinney recommended Morrison to Coogler.
Underwater filming on Reef Doctors (photo Jasin Boland © Jonathan M Shiff Productions)
The advantage of working on Reef Doctors is getting to be in the sun, sand and serenity of Australian tropical paradises like the Gold Coast, Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef. So what's the catch? Sand, sun and serenity aren't always all they're cracked up to be.
Reef Doctors is produced by Jonathan M. Shiff and co-produced by Lisa McCune, who also stars in the drama series. The show is about the remote Hope Island Clinic on the Great Barrier Reef, run by Sam Stewart (McCune), an accomplished doctor who along with her team looks after the residents of all the neighboring islands, as well as the holidaymakers and thrill seekers who visit the area. Sam is also a single mother with a free spirit, and a determination for an unusual hobby: venom.
On the set of Best Friends
Award winning cinematographer Ben Richardson (Beasts of the Southern Wild) recently spoke with us about his role in a recent short film produced for Rachel Antonoff's fall 2013 collection. This is not your typical fashion film, I assure you!
Directed by Lena Dunham, Best Friends is a mock nature film in which we observe the inner workings of friendship. To achieve the desired look, the film draws authenticity from shooting on 16mm film, as well as lighting and styling. The narration lends a touch of realism as well!