Colin Beaton in a scene from "The Whale"
Josh Spires, from the University of Texas, is the Americas Region Winner for the 2011 Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition.
Spires' film, The Whale, follows a young boy who lives in an ephemeral fantasy to try and escape the cycle of paternal abuse.
"Cinematography is all about storytelling. All the way, 100%. If telling a story is your one true goal as cinematographer, everything else will follow. The light and glass and stock one uses are only means to an end, which should be a story worth telling."
DP Aseem Mishra shooting in Mardin, Turkey (Photo by Zahir Abbas Khan)
Currently thrilling Indian audiences with its blend of high-octane energy, action sequences and exotic locations is the newly-released blockbuster, Ek Tha Tiger. The Tiger of the title is a rugged, handsome and mysterious bachelor, played by Salman Khan, who is India’s top spy. He is sent on a supposedly easy and safe mission to Dublin, Ireland to observe a scientist of Indian origin suspected of sharing his research findings with the Pakistan defense establishment. Tiger attempts to befriend the scientist’s caretaker Zoya (Katrina Kaif). Together the two embark on a roller-coaster journey battling the dark worlds of intelligence and espionage.
Director Kabir Khan and DP Aseem Mishra go back a long way. Both went to the same college at the University of Delhi and after graduating they both worked together on documentaries and commercials. They decided to use their documentary background as a means of filming Ek Tha Tiger. DP Mishra explains, “The director and I wanted the film to look as real as possible. The idea was to capture events without interfering too much with the set-up and artificially stylize it. There is a lot of docu-style camera movement, always edgy, yet fluid. The choice of film as the shooting medium was not really a conscious one; we just both decided that a film of this scale should be shot on film to achieve the kind of depth that we required. Film provides a certain look, a certain depth that is imprinted on our subconsciousness.”
Charlize Theron as the Queen in the epic action-adventure SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, the breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale from the producer of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. (Photo Credit: Universal Pictures / Copyright: © 2012 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)
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Sure a global, civilization-ending apocalypse has wiped out the world as we know it, but maybe things aren’t so bad after all. That’s the idea director Joe Guglielmino sought to explore in his latest surf documentary, Year Zero. Guglielmino runs the entertainment division for Globe International, a surf and skate gear and apparel maker.
“If anyone is going to survive an apocalypse with smiles on their faces, it would probably be surfers, because as long as everyone is safe and they can find a wave, they are pretty happy,” says Guglielmino, who was inspired by the conceptual surf films made by George Greenough and Jack McCoy in the 1970s and 1980s.
Gherardo Gossi. (credit: Alfredo Falvo/ Agenzia Contrasto)
Diaz-Don’t Clean Up This Blood reconstructs the events of July 2001 when Italian police unleashed a calculated frenzy of violence on protesters at the G8 Summit. During the scuffles the day before, one protester was killed. Just before midnight, more than 300 police officers stormed the Diaz school looking for Black Bloc demonstrators. Inside the school were about 90 activists, mostly students from around Europe, along with a handful of foreign journalists preparing to bunk down for the night on the school’s floors. As the police burst in, the young demonstrators raised their hands to surrender. Undeterred and unmoved, the police waded in beating up both young and old, male and female indiscriminately.
Diaz-Don’t Clean Up This Blood is a reconstruction of those terrible days from the viewpoints of the police, the protesters, the victims and the journalists who were caught up in the tragedy. It aims to analyze how frustration can erupt into raw, uncontrollable violence. The movie uses original footage taken at the scene to underline the fact that the film is based on actual events.