Ed Norton in The Grand Budapest Hotel (Photo By Martin Scali)
Wes Anderson’s string of idiosyncratic, personal films includes Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom and now, The Grand Budapest Hotel. At the camera for all of these films was Robert Yeoman, ASC, and in each case, they chose to tell their stories on film.
“I’m such a believer in film,” says Yeoman, whose resume also includes Drugstore Cowboy, Dogma, The Squid and the Whale, and Bridesmaids. “I prefer the look and the on-set discipline. I find that when shooting digitally, the camera doesn’t cut, and people’s attention seems to wander. I look around the set and everyone’s on their phones. The process has been polluted. I think film causes people to concentrate on the shot. When the camera is rolling, everyone knows the importance of the moment and is paying attention. This energy is translated onto the film.”
Sean Bobbitt, BSC on the set of 12 Years a Slave (Photo By Jaap Buitendijk)
With nine Oscar® nominations, two BAFTA wins, and a multitude of national and international praise, 12 Years a Slave stands out as one of 2013’s most memorable films. Director Steve McQueen and Sean Bobbitt, BSC felt film was an obvious choice for telling such a powerful story.
Sean Bobbitt, BSC on the set of 12 Years a Slave (Photo By Francois Duhamel)
“It was about 15 seconds of discussion between Steve and me,” says Bobbitt. “It was a no-brainer. I mean, we wanted this to look like an epic film.”
Oscar-nominated writer-director Christopher Nolan accepted the Merit Award on behalf of "all those who built and operated film laboratories, for over a century of service to the motion picture industry" at the Sci-Tech Awards, which handed out February 15. The award was given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to all those who have built and operated film laboratories, for over a century of service to the motion picture industry.
Kodak congratulates all of the motion picture film laboratories around the world! This recognition highlights the incredible contributions that the labs have made and continue to make to the art of story telling. We are proud to collaborate with this vital part of the industry.
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!
(L-R) Kodak's Bob Mastronardi, honoree Carmin Petramale, Steven Poster ASC, honoree VanNessa Namlunas and Dejan Georgevich ASC at the International Cinematographers Guild’s annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards
The 2013 winners of the International Cinematographers Guild Emerging Cinematographer Awards have gotten to see their work on the big screen with showings in Los Angeles, New York and the Ojai Film Festival. Most recently, the winning short films screened at the 2013 edition of Camerimage in Poland. Here’s a look at how VanNessa Manlunas and Camrin Petramale relied on film to tell their stories:
King of Norway / VanNessa Manlunas Manlunas, a second assistant based in Los Angeles, knew she was lucky when she began talks with writer-director Sylvia Sether for the autobiographical short film King of Norway, where Sether made it clear that she only saw her story being shot on film.