The Suffragette Creative Team Votes for Film

Published on website: October 02, 2015
Categories: 16mm , The StoryBoard Blog
Violet Miller (Anne-Marie Duff) and Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan) campaign for women’s voting rights in director Sarah Gavron’s SUFFRAGETTE, a Focus Features release

Suffragette is a powerful drama that explores the trials and tribulations of achieving equality among the sexes in the 1912. While “Votes for Women!” was being cried out in rallies all across the U.K., the movie follows Maude Watts, a working class wife and mother, as she claims her dignity amongst other brave women by continuing to risk their lives in order to ensure that women’s rights are recognized and respected.

The film recalls the events surrounding the Women’s Social and Political Union’s (WSPU) grassroots efforts. In order to portray 1912-1913 in a modern context for today’s audiences, director of photography Eduard Grau, AEC shot the feature on Super 16 mm, using four handheld cameras at a time.

Restoring Ken Burns’ The Civil War for 25th Anniversary

Published on website: September 22, 2015
Categories: 16mm , The StoryBoard Blog

The Civil War, the award-winning documentary from Ken Burns, premiered on PBS in September of 1990 and set a record for the highest-rated PBS series broadcast with an audience of nearly 40 million. The record still stands today. Now on its 25th anniversary, a newly restored high-definition version of the epic film can be seen on PBS and will be released on DVD/Blu-ray on October 13.

“I’m beyond excited,” said Burns. “For the first time, viewers will see what I saw when I looked through the lens of my camera. It is truly remarkable.”

16mm Provides Right Aesthetic for Charles Poekel’s Indie Feature Debut

Kentucker Audley in "Christmas, Again". (Credit: Sean Price Williams.)

Christmas, Again is the first feature film from writer-director Charles Poekel. It follows a heartbroken man, played by Kentucker Audley, in the month leading up to Christmas as he sells trees on the street in Brooklyn, New York. The intimate story was shot by Sean Price Williams, whose previous credits include the indie gem Listen Up Philip.  

Christmas, Again premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival in the low-budget NEXT category.

Insight: Tom Luse - on producing The Walking Dead in Super 16

Published on website: October 08, 2014
Categories: 16mm , Television , Focus On Film , VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219/7219
Tom Luse - The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 5 _ BTS - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Though he didn’t know it at the time, producer Tom Luse began preparing for a career in show business in college, when he was charged with the enviable task of popping the popcorn at an art house cinema in his hometown of Atlanta. “I liked movies, but it wasn’t something I had planned on going into,” explains the EMMY®-nominated producer. “But later, in graduate school, I had the opportunity to study film and ended up getting a degree in Communications.”

While these days it’s being an executive producer on The Walking Dead that keeps Luse busy (he’s been with the show since the very beginning), he has dabbled in a variety of job titles over the years. “I wanted to be a technician originally, and ended up working in the camera department as a grip,” Luse recalls. “I found that my skills were really in organizing things and thinking ahead, which eventually led me into location management, then into production management, and then into producing.” As he readied for the fifth season of The Walking Dead, Luse spoke with us about lighting a post-apocalyptic universe, the cost of time, and why zombies look better on film.

Ask a Filmmaker: David Dart, NFL Films - Answers

David Dart, NFL Films staff cinematographer

The questions are in and the answers are back! A big Thank You to NFL Films cinematographer Dave Dart for taking the time during playoffs to answer questions from our readers! You all came up with some great ones with topics including focus pulling, film stock preference, shooting style, and the romanticism of football on film.

There's a reason NFL Films has won over 100 Emmy® awards, and here's a sneak peak at how they do it!