Where does Hero go to up their glamour quotient? India.
For Hero’s Glamour–a popular motorbike in the traffic-cluttered cities of India–the company chose cinematographer Paramvir Singh to shoot their latest ad. The DP is a graduate of the Film & Television Institute of India, and also a former creative in advertising.
When Sylvain Chomet, the wildly inventive director of the animated feature films The Illusionist and The Triplets of Belleville, set out to direct his first live-action feature, Attila Marcel, he chose to work with acclaimed cinematographer Antoine Roch, AFC. Roch, a veteran of more than 30 feature films, was introduced to Chomet by producer Claudie Ossard. Director and cinematographer were immediately simpatico. “I was drawn to Attila Marcel by Sylvain,” the DP relates. “He is so creative, and has such a feeling for odd, wonderful characters – the too big, the too small. He has a very strong ‘secret garden.’”
And then there was the script. “It was beautiful,” Roch adds. “It was all about the power of memory to transform. Right from the start I saw ways in which I could help Sylvain achieve the power of these memories in Paul’s (the main character’s) life.”
Road to London is a visual poem that highlights the lyrical beauty of high-level gymnastics, and the fierce dedication required of an OLYMPIC athlete. Goksu Uctas started learning gymnastics at age 5, and at age 6, she moved to a city in western Turkey to continue. She spent years training twice a day, and endured a series of injuries, including a dislocated elbow and a painful neck hernia. Not to be deterred, Uctas persevered and became the first athlete in history to represent Turkey in the field of artistic gymnastics at the OLYMPICS. She competed at the 2012 OLYMPIC Games in London. Despite her heroic story, she is not especially well known in her country.
Director Efe Oztezdogan enlisted cinematographer Meryem Yavuz to help document Uctas’s training regimen. Yavuz studied at the Turkish National Film School, and has shot several features and more than 50 short films over the past seven years. She has also worked as a loader and electrician on bigger international co-productions.
Enlightened showcases a fascinating collaboration between series co-creator Mike White and lead actor Laura Dern, who also serves as co-creator and executive producer. Dern portrays Amy Jellicoe, a self-destructive woman who undergoes a breakdown, followed by a spiritual awakening, and emerges determined to live an enlightened life. This of course creates a wealth of comedic situations in her work and home life. At the offi ce, she tries to enlist the meek Tyler — played by White — in her jargon-fi lled schemes to seize the day.
Xavier Grobet, ASC, AMC shot the second season of Enlightened, which began airing on HBO earlier this year. In addition to the first season of Enlightened, his credits include The Woodsman, I Love You Phillip Morris, Nacho Libre and The Back-up Plan.
Stephen Windon, ACS is best known for some of the most widely seen images depicting World War II in HBO’s The Pacific. Windon shared credit with Remi Adefarasin, BSC on the miniseries, and his work on the episode “Okinawa” earned an ASC Outstanding Achievement Award, as well as an EMMY® nomination. His credits include two films in the Fast and Furious franchise, as well as Deep Blue Sea and The Patriot, among others.
In shooting The Pacific, Windon was focused on honesty and believability, down to the beads of sweat on a malaria-stricken soldier’s face. This time around, Windon is back in war mode, and while G.I. Joe: Retaliation leaves a bit more room for dramatization and even playfulness, the early talks with director Jon M. Chu and producers Herb Gains and Lorenzo di Bonaventura were centered around creating a realistic look on which to base the action and adventure.
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