Articles

  • Fighting In The Streets Of New York

    By

     

    Stefan Czapsky, A.S.C.,   loves New York.  When he was contacted to act as cinematographer for Dito Montiel’s new feature, “Fighting,” he viewed Montiel’s “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.”  From that viewing, he was sold. “Much to my liking, ‘Guide’ was very much about New York,” said Czapsky.  “Growing up in Queens, I recognized the…

     

    Read more...

  • Kodak unveils the Visioni3 250D 5207 Color Negative Film

    By

     

    On Monday, April 20th, cinematographers, members of the ASC, film developers, and other invited guests gathered at the Kodak Screening Room for the unveiling of the Kodak Vision3 250D 5207 Color Negative Film.   After guests were treated to light refreshments including maki sushi, fire-roasted veggies and wine, a presentation was given where the technical…

     

    Read more...

  • Who’s Shooting House?

    By

     

    A bus breaks apart and passengers fly through the air in slow motion as a crash ensues.  A man with locked in syndrome slips in and out of consciousness, the world fuzzy and distorted.  A three quarter shot of Hugh Laurie as he stares at the photograph of a deceased staff member, unable to contain…

     

    Read more...

  • Star Trek: Boldly Going Where Some Men Have Gone Before

    By

     

    In the early 60s, writer/producer Gene Roddenberry proposed a television series modeled after “Gulliver’s Travels.”  Marketed as a “western in space,” each episode was intended as both an action/suspense story as well as a morality parable.  On September 8, 1966, “Star Trek,” the embodiment of Roddenberry’s vision, first aired. Roddenberry and the series writers were…

     

    Read more...

  • The 23rd Genesis Awards

    By

     

    For 23 years, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has presented the Genesis Awards to entertainment media and major news outlets. The Genesis Awards recognize film and television productions, as well as news broadcasts and published articles, that raise public awareness and understanding of animal rights issues. On Saturday, March 28th, celebrities, media…

     

    Read more...

  • Mountains Of Whipped Cream, Streets Of Toast

    By

     

    TV animation has progressed from the days of hand-drawn cels and computer rendered images. “Special Agent Oso,” raises the creative bar by offering multi-media rendered animation, an interactive website, mobile casts, and On Demand programming. Oso, voiced by actor Sean Astin, is a stuffed panda who’s training to be a special agent. Created by Ford…

     

    Read more...

  • Sugar: Baseball’s Less-Than-Sweet Side

    By

     

    When Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck first learned about the Dominican Republic baseball camps, they knew there was a story there. The baseball camps are military-like facilities that groom young boys into major league American baseball players. Many view baseball as the only hope they have to rise above poverty and provide financial security for…

     

    Read more...

  • Working With The Red One Camera

    By

     

    It was a sense of utter frustration that drove steadicam operator Stefan von Bjorn to the Red One camera. “I would suggest a shot, and suggest a setup and then I would try to get the steadicam to the first mark. I couldn’t get the frame, because the camera was too long. Or, I couldn’t…

     

    Read more...

  • HD Expo Overview

    By

     

    At a time when so many businesses are reporting plummeting numbers, the organizers of the March 5th HD Expo, held at the Universal Hilton, experienced a 30% increase in pre-registration. Novices, professionals, and camera enthusiasts of all kinds were able to greet vendors such as JVC, Schneider Optics, Canon and Panavision on the trade show…

     

    Read more...

  • AFCI Location Tradeshow 2009

    By

     

    Did you know that the AFCI Location Trade Show is the longest running entertainment industry event in North America? Heading into its 24th year, the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Location Trade Show will be held from April 16 -18 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica. This year, 240 exhibitors from…

     

    Read more...

  • Breaking Bad: Contemptible Choices Makes Compelling Drama

    By

     

    “We were sort of joking about how we should quit writing and go work at Wal-Mart or something like that, or we should go cook crystal meth. That’s what we should do!” Vince Gilligan’s description of how he came up with the idea behind “Breaking Bad” sounds like a movie itself. While bemoaning the difficulties…

     

    Read more...