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  • Breaking Bad: Visual Style Takes A Dark Turn

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    As once mild-mannered chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) willingly plunges into moral decline during the final stretch of "Breaking Bad," director of photography Michael Slovis will be manipulating each episode’s visual style, sending viewers on a turbulent voyage.  After discussing the season’s overall tone with creator/show runner Vince Gilligan, he then selects a photographic…

     

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  • From Createasphere: An Interview With Sandi Sissel, A.S.C

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    At Createasphere’s Entertainment Technology Expo in New York this past September, Sandi Sissel, ASC, stepped on stage with her colleagues from the American Society of Cinematographers, including Richard Crudo, ASC and Bob Primes, ASC, to engage in an honest and thoughtful conversation about the role of the cinematographer. Moderated by American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich, the…

     

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  • Production Incentives Hurdles And Slashed TV Show Budgets

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    The sophomore slump did not apply to the PGA’s 2nd Annual Produced By Conference.  Over 1,100 film and television professionals gathered on the 20th Century Fox lot to partake in a weekend of educational seminars ranging from exploring online and mobile distribution for exhibiting content to the best ways to utilize the latest technologies including…

     

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  • Part One: Film Preservation In The Advent of Digital Media

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      There’s no question that film is a record of history.  There is also no question that the lessons of history need to be accurately preserved so they are accessible to future generations.  The complexity of accurately preserving film stock and digital formats is the focus of Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Head of Film…

     

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  • Springtime In France: The Cannes Film Festival

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    For the production community, May calls to mind one thing.  Not spring.  Not graduations.  Not even Mother’s Day.  That one thing is Cannes. Cannes is the type of event that strips the “wheat from the shaft.”  When I first joined the Variety sales team as a coordinator to Henry Deas, Director of Markets and Festivals,…

     

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