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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.”

Toronto Film Festival Heats Up the Awards Season

Published on website: September 09, 2015
Categories: Focus On Film , The StoryBoard Blog
Scene from Mississippi Grind (Photo: Electric City Entertainment)

The 40th Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) opens this week in Canada. TIFF, one of the world’s most-renowned public film festivals, is considered by many to be a starting line for the race to Oscar®. TIFF moviegoers can choose from nearly 400 films from 70-plus countries. And, being such huge movie fans here at Kodak, we are proud to once again have a strong presence at TIFF.

Here, we shine a spotlight on some the outstanding stories being told at TIFF this year:

Meet the 2015 KODAK Scholarship Winners

Published on website: September 02, 2015
Categories: Next Generation , The StoryBoard Blog
of Max Bessmertny of Tisch Asia in Singapore (KODAK Student Scholarship Program, Gold Award) and Nicolas Aguilar of Chapman University (KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Award, First Place)

Keeping the future in focus, Kodak and the University Film and Video Foundation (UFVF) have announced the 2015 winners of the KODAK Scholarship Program. The awards are one of many programs from Kodak designed to strengthen the knowledge and learning experience of the next generation of filmmakers. For nearly 25 years now, Kodak has helped emerging filmmakers and the institutions teaching these up-and-coming artists.  

This year’s top awards were presented to Max Bessmertny of Tisch Asia in Singapore (KODAK Student Scholarship Program, Gold Award), and Nicolas Aguilar of Chapman University (KODAK Student Cinematography Scholarship Award, First Place). A panel of judges, led by renowned cinematographer John Bailey, ASC, based their selection on a combination of past work, faculty recommendations, and academic achievement.

Speech Debelle Filmed At The Royal Court Using 35mm Kodak Stock

Published on website: August 10, 2015
Categories: 35mm , The StoryBoard Blog
Musician Speech Debelle performs live for a filming of her music video Terms and Conditions. Photo by James Cotton.

On Friday 31st July, Mercury Music Award-winning musician Speech Debelle performed her first live show in two years, choosing The Royal Court in London to break her hiatus. Her forthcoming album, Breathe, was performed in its entirety, but there was an extra special twist to the evening, involving Kodak.

Kodak was proud to support director Ed Sayers in shooting a short music video on film as part of the evening. Even the audience were in on the act, instructed to follow a dress code in order to be involved in the filming of Speech Debelle’s new single, Terms and Conditions. The track is off her upcoming album Breathe, which is Speech’s third. As the album isn’t even out until January 2016, this was a treat for fans, and predictably, the event sold out!