Bedrock of New York

The impact of Sol Negrin, ASC, SOC, on the film and television industry will live on long after his passing, as his peers, colleagues, friends, family and students recall in this loving tribute. By Pauline Rogers Courtesy of Michael Negrin It was...

President’s Letter May 2017

"The History of Amazement" We’ve reached a kind of “cracking point” in the field of visual effects. What do I mean by that? At this very moment we are on the verge of “cracking” the VFX ceiling via the many new technologies coming at us so...

Silent Runners

Jess Hall, BSC, helps to create a live-action alternate future with the anime-inspired thriller Ghost in the Shell.   The 1995 animated film Ghost in the Shell is among the most acclaimed entries in the anime genre. Derived from a manga (Japanese...

President’s Letter April 2017

"License to Thrill" If you work in the world of movies, television, commercials and new media, do you have a job or a career? In my experience, there’s no one I know in this industry who doesn’t approach the work he or she does with the passion and...

Large and in Charge

Larry Fong, ASC, pulls some sleight-of-hand visual magic for the latest incarnation of Kong, the great ape It’s hard to find a more enduring (and misunderstood) movie monster than the great gorilla, Kong, who made his debut in Merian C. Cooper’s 1933...

President’s Letter February/March 2017

"Stranger Things" In this strange, unpredictable time in both our world and our industry, we are offered so many products, ideas, and visions that are described as “completely new” (some of which really are) that we almost can’t recognize what’s...

Peaks and Valleys

Local 600-shot films in Park City this year rise to new heights (and emotionally challenging depths). By David Geffner. All photos courtesy of The Sundance Institute unless otherwise noted.  Fans of indie cinematography will find much to celebrate at the...

The Space Race

Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS, helps bring the proud black women heroes behind NASA’s early space program out into the light Mandy Walker on location in Atlanta February 20, 1962. Fledgling astronaut John Glenn, dressed in his “space suit,” approaches...

Love, Actually

Ben Kufrin. By Pauline Rogers. When cinematographer Ben Kufrin and director Youssef Delara came together for their fifth feature pairing, the romantic comedy The Bounce Back, driven by actor Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds), it was their largest-scale...

CREW PHOTO: Shameless – Season 7

Crew from left to right: B-camera 1st AC: Kate Moss, DIT: John Waterman, Digital Utility: Max Moore, A-camera Operator / Steadicam Operator: Sebastien Audinelle, A-camera 2nd AC: Josh Ramos, Director of Photography: Ted Lichtenheld, PA: Savannah Perkins,...

President’s Letter January 2017

"Truth and Consequences" Way back in 2000, at a Society of Motion Pictures & Television Engineers (SMPTE) meeting, I stood up with some degree of forcefulness and let everyone in the room know that this industry must never let the technology we work...

Damien Chazelle – La La Land

Whiplash, the Oscar-winning Sundance hit that rocketed director Damien Chazelle to the top of every producer’s must-call list, was not necessarily a good predictor for the stunning follow-up that is La La Land, a candy-colored romantic musical inspired by...