On HBO‘s True Blood, vampires are just another misunderstood minority. And the visuals are one key to success.
Producer Gregg Fienberg’s credits include some of the most visually innovative and memorable television productions of the last two decades, including Twin Peaks, Deadwood, John from Cincinnati and Carnivàle. His current production, True Blood, is the latest in his 13-year association with HBO. Every show he has done at HBO has been originated on film.
When he read the script for his latest project, The Spectacular Now, Jess Hall, BSC felt an instant connection with the material. “The story had a kind of resonance,” he says. “It reminded me of situations that I’ve been in throughout my real life. I thought it stood out. It’s quite rare that you read something that really touches you in that way.”
Hall’s background includes fine art still photography as well as eye-catching music videos and commercials, along with the feature films Hot Fuzz, Brideshead Revisited, Creation, The Switch, and 30 Minutes or Less. He studied film at Central Saint Martins University for the Arts and Design in London.
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.
Set against the backdrop of India’s breathtaking landscape of mountains, rivers, valleys and forests, Ballad of Rustom is a story about seemingly ordinary people who are in fact quite extraordinary.
Rustom is a young, imaginative man working in a small government telephone offi ce in a remote township in India. On the surface, Rustom leads a mundane life fixing telephone lines, but on his adventures he travels into his dream world in the beautiful and magical countryside that is slowly disappearing as the town is eroded by development.
Director Michael Haussman and cinematographer Paolo Roberto Caimi have collaborated on a collection of commercials for the Italian jeweler and luxury goods retailer BVLGARI. Their latest effort is a black-and-white spot that takes place in Rome. The audience follows a young, beautiful couple spending a romantic weekend in the eternal city.
“When Michael called me to explain the storyline of the commercial, I was pleased to hear that the final result would be in black and white,” says Caimi. “We chose to shoot on film stock because we wanted the look to be very classical, and everlasting like Rome.”
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