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  • Making Syria’s “Little Gandhi”: Writer/Director/Producer Sam Kadi Discusses His Production Process

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    By: Marjorie Galas Ghiyath Matar sensed his life may be cut short.  The 24 year old tailor had been following in the footsteps of his idols: Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., peacefully opposing the war that raged in Syria.  In an effort to establish peace, Matar would pass out flowers to soldiers in…

     

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  • Pixomondo Trailblazes in Themed Entertainment VFX For National Geographic’s ” Ocean Odyssey”

    By Marjorie Galas

     

    International creative design and VFX company Pixomondo, known for its Emmy-award winning VFX work on “Game of Thrones” VES Award for “Hugo”, debuted an underground aquarium attraction, a first-of-its kind immersive entertainment experience, in Times Square.  The underwater attraction was created for National Geographic, and is called National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey. The exhibit harnesses…

     

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  • Behind The Scenes Talent Were Fan Favs At Comic Con 2017

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    By: Marjorie Galas Comic Con fans flock to the four-day convention, anxious to glimpse the talent who bring their favorite shows and characters to life.  And that talent isn’t contained in the actors in front of the cameras.  The Art Directors Guild panel, “The Production Designer: Architect of Imagination,” featuring Oliver Scholl (“Spider-man: Homecoming”), Francois Audouy (“Logan”), Hannah…

     

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  • Director Richard Kelly And DP Steven Poster Give “Donnie Darko” 4K Restoration Treatment

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    By: Marjorie Galas Rarely does a film get a second chance at theatrical distribution, especially if it failed to rake in cash the first time around. Yet cult classic “Donnie Darko” – a box office flop during its 2001 release – will once again be projected on the big screen.  Sporting a brand-new 4K restoration,…

     

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  • DP David Reichert Celebrates First Emmy Nom With “Deadliest Catch”

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    “Deadliest Catch” is about to start shooting its 12th season. Since it first aired in 2005, it has received Emmy love, winning thirteen Emmys and 35 nominations. Five of those wins have been awarded to the series outstanding cinematography team, with four of those wins appearing consecutively since 2011. Variety 411 recently caught up director…

     

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  • Balancing Digital Cinema, 3D And Water In “Life Of Pi”

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    The prospect of working with director Ang Lee excited DP Claudio Miranda, but he didn’t expect he’d get the chance.  When Miranda received the call to discuss the feature adaptation of “Life of Pi” with Lee, he knew another person had been lined up to shoot the film.  He expected the conversation to sink faster…

     

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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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  • Hatfields & McCoys: Turf War In Romania

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    Arthur Reinhart knew very little about the Civil War and American history when he agreed to shoot the History Channel’s “Hatfields and McCoys.”  A German director of photography living in Poland, Reinhart was attracted to the dynamics of the feuding families and immediately immersed himself in researching the period.  When he encountered a wealth of…

     

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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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  • Fringe Cinematographer Casts Magic Spell On “The Kennedys”

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    September 10th may be the date David Moxness adds an Emmy to his impressive array of achievements.  The “Fringe” cinematographer jumped on board the production of the mini series “The Kennedys” during the break between season two and three of “Fringe” for a little creative challenge and a different flavor from the hit science fiction…

     

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  • Pan Am Cinematographer Captures The Chariots In The Sky

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    Cinematographer John Lindley remembers the excitement and enthusiasm for that flying Pan Am’s trademark blue uniforms and globe logo instilled.  He gladly jumped aboard the trip back in time when stepping on a Pan Am plane was like stepping into “a chariot in the sky,” and capturing the beauty of the early 60s in the…

     

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  • ASC Honors Deakins, Seale, And More

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    “I don’t feel like I’ve been shooting for very long,” said Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, recipient of the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award presented during the 25th Annual American Society of Cinematographers awards ceremony.  “I hope this doesn’t mean the jobs will stop coming.  Contrary to any rumors, I am not ready to retire.” Deakins has…

     

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  • Ten Minutes With: “The Social Network” Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth

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    Jeff Cronenweth is a veteran of David Fincher films, having worked a number of positions.  He was the camera operator on “Seven,” the second unit director of photography on “The Game,” and the cinematographer on “Fight Club” and “The Social Network.”  Working once again as cinematographer for the man Cronenweth calls “our generation’s Orson Wells,”…

     

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  • Burlesque: Bright Lights And Fancy Footwook

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    From undercover guinea pigs to the magic of sorcerers to the fancy footwork of Cher, cinematographer Bojan Bazelli captures all the action. After completing the high action sequences of “G-Force” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” Bazelli found himself preparing for a different kind of high octane movie: “Burlesque.” “The practices and the applications of shooting action…

     

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  • One Man’s Swagger Is A Commercial Delight

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      Quentin Tarantino’s done it.  So have David Lynch, the Coen brothers, even Sean Combs and Betty White.  Some of Hollywood’s biggest names take time out of their schedules to shoot a commercial.  They enjoy the creative freedom and shorter schedules associated with commercial shoots.   Lensing these mini masterworks has long been a lucrative…

     

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  • Celebrated Cinematographers Featured At ASC Awards

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    The organizers of the 24th Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards had an incredibly difficult time herding the attendees into the ballroom at the show’s commencement.  After a prolonged “lights-out” signal that the show must begin, the good-natured, celebratory chatter died down and people took their seats. The highlights during the evening’s presentations came with…

     

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