Trevor Forrest Helps Tell a Noble Story

Published on website: January 23, 2015
Deirdre O'Kane portrays Cristina Noble

Noble is based on the true story of Christina Noble who overcomes a harsh childhood in Ireland, to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon, where she has since saved over 200,000 homeless and sick children from a life of poverty and pain. The film – written and directed by Stephen Bradley – spans four decades and two countries.

“I had not done a period film before,” says cinematographer Trevor Forrest, who won best cinematography at the Tribeca Film Festival for Una Noche (2012). “A friend wanted me to meet Stephen for this project and I’d asked why. ‘You work in far off places and you’re great with children,’ he told me. That got me thinking.”

Spotlight on Labs: Acmeworks Digital Film

Published on website: January 22, 2015
Categories: Focus on Post
Acmeworks President Steve Hagel

When animation studios began moving from traditional ink and paint to digital ink and paint in the late 1990s, Steve Hagel was manager of sales and marketing for Chromacolour North America, Ltd., a major supplier of equipment and materials to the animation industry. The physical production of animation was changing, but that didn’t necessarily spell gloom and doom. In fact, he saw a new business opportunity.

“Big animation studios still had a film archiving policy, so they needed to get from digital back to film. But film recording was very expensive and not sustainable on a large scale,” he points out. “So there was an opportunity to develop a cost-effective film recording process aimed at archiving television animation.”

Kodak Hits Park City to Support Independent Filmmakers

Published on website: January 20, 2015
Categories: The StoryBoard Blog
Photo by Jonathan Hickerson

Kodak will once again support the independent filmmaking community at the Slamdance and Sundance Film Festivals, which are running concurrently in Park City, Utah.

“These two festivals showcase innovative filmmakers who bring fresh ideas and a new perspective to the screen every year, and Kodak is dedicated to supporting their art,” says Andrew Evenski, President and General Manager for Entertainment & Commercial Films at Kodak. “Motion picture film plays an important role in the indie community, giving these unique storytellers the creative freedom and option to tell their stories as they envisioned.”

Daniel Pearl is “Thinking Out Loud”

Published on website: January 14, 2015
Categories: Focus On Film
On the set of "Thinking Out Loud" (Photo courtesy of Daniel Pearl, ASC

Emil Nava is a successful music video and commercials director whose instinct for stylish imagery is behind music videos for Jesse J, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora, as well as spots for MasterCard and L’Oréal. For his latest creation, the video for Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Nava wanted a classic look, and he wanted to achieve it by shooting film. Behind the camera, he had a strong ally in Daniel Pearl, ASC.

“I found shooting film again to be fantastic,” says Pearl. “It was very freeing. I could move a lot faster. You don’t have to fiddle with quarter-of-a-stop or eighth-of-a-stop changes in light, because you know that there will be a final color grading.”

Filming Beside Still Waters 

(r-l) Beck Bennett and Reid Scott

Actor and fine art photographer Chris Lowell was well aware that a young man struggling with the death of his parents could be considered a filmic trope, particularly in the low-budget realm of movies. So, for his feature film directing debut, Beside Still Waters, which won Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Austin Film Festival, he sought to elevate it above the usual fare by shooting on KODAK Motion Picture Film, going so far as to have the aesthetic of celluloid imbue his main character in the ensemble comedy-drama with a sense of longing.

“Our protagonist is woefully nostalgic and stuck in the romanticism of the past, and it is holding him back,” Lowell explains. “Film was able to evoke those feelings for us.”