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The Space-Time Continuum The Space-Time Continuum

Gravity Soars above the field in an Awards Season with few surprises. By Valentina... 

Tales from the Red Carpet Tales from the Red Carpet

Local 600 publicists put on their dancing shoes for some fancy Awards Season moves.... 

Island Style Island Style

A seasoned team of Puerto Rican Guild members clears the way for the indie feature... 

Lighting the Way Lighting the Way

Family and friends remember Emmy® Award winning camera operator Bruce Balton. By... 

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Exposure

Exposure: Wally Pfister Exposure: Wally Pfister

As a strong right hand to filmmaker Christopher Nolan for more than a decade, director... 

Exposure – Jim Berney Exposure – Jim Berney

After obtaining a master’s in computer science and working at DARPA (part of the... 

Exposure – Akiva Goldsman Exposure – Akiva Goldsman

Akiva Goldsman is well aware he has used up a good chunk of his professional currency... 

Exposure – Spike Jonze Exposure – Spike Jonze

Anyone who’s ever seen a Spike Jonze movie – Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation,... 

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Specials

Rebirth Rebirth

Death, loss and disappearance were points of departure for many Sundance 2014 stories: coincidence or zeitgeist for indie film? By Valentina I. Valentini. Bill Hader (front) and Kristin Wiig (back) in The Skeleton Twins / Photo courtesy of Reed Morano, ASC Whether deliberate or not, independent filmmakers rebooted this year’s Sundance Film Festival,... [Read more of this review]

Just Peachy Just Peachy

Andrew Dunn, BSC and his Guild camera team, gives the Atlanta-based romantic drama, Endless Love, a timeless look. By Valentina I. Valentini. All photos by Quantrell D. Colbert/Universal Pictures. Andrew Dunn, BSC is known for a varied resume, hopping deftly from period dramas like Robert Altman’s Gosford Park and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, to teen... [Read more of this review]

Size Matters! Size Matters!

IMAX filmmakers take large screen format (and celluloid) to infinity and beyond. By Kevin H. Martin. Photos courtesy of IMAX & MacGillivray-Freeman Films. If Aristotle was right that nature abhors a vacuum, then the debut of large-format venue IMAX in 1970 seems, in retrospect, inevitable. Three-panel Cinerama had gone the way of the dodo, and... [Read more of this review]

Climbing the Career Mountain Climbing the Career Mountain

ECA winners mingle with new indie directors at Technicolor event By Valentina I. Valentini Building a career as a cinematographer is no easy task. Great visuals are often overlooked if the project is poorly reviewed or little seen. When a film falls flat with festival audiences, or a new TV show doesn’t make it past a few episodes, the DP may not... [Read more of this review]

Colin Rich – NightFall Colin Rich – NightFall

by Pauline Rogers Newcomer Colin Rich has found an interesting niche in time-lapse cinematography. Everyone, from commercial to feature shooters, relies upon time-lapse at some point in their careers. But it’s still mostly unexplored terrain in many ways. [Read more of this review]  Read More →

A Walk in the Park A Walk in the Park

America’s “Best Idea” started in California, and a new PBS documentary wants to make sure it doesn’t end there by David Geffner photos courtesy of Backcountry Pictures Redwoods State Park Writer/director David Vassar has been a self-described “parkie” for most of his adult life, serving as a ranger in Yosemite National Park when he was... [Read more of this review]

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Gear

SFH-50 Remote and Motion Control Head SFH-50 Remote and Motion Control Head

With the popularity of smaller and lighter cameras, Camera Control realized they needed to tool their remote heads toward being compatible with rigs like the RED One or the popular Canon 5D DSLR for both production and stop-motion photography. “One of the most common requests we had was for a lightweight system that could be used for time-lapse with... [Read more of this review]

Wind Killer from California Sunbounce Wind Killer from California Sunbounce

“The Steadicam is a well-balanced camera support system that’s extremely sensitive to any kind of outside influences,” says Peter Geller, President, California SunBounce. “The balancing of the system is a precise procedure. You can imagine what the wind can do. In the past different types of wind blocks have been used. A 6-by-6 frame with a... [Read more of this review]

Glidecam X-22 Glidecam X-22

Want to go up and down stairs, shoot from moving vehicles and travel over uneven terrain without any camera instability or shake? Then check out Glidecam’s new X-22 system. “It’s a professional, body-mounted, camera stabilization system designed for film and video cameras weighing up to 25 pounds,” explains Glidecam’s Thomas Howie, who describes... [Read more of this review]

Gear Guide: Digital Filmmaking Gear Guide: Digital Filmmaking

As digital cinematography becomes the rule instead of the exception for filmmakers in the documentary, news, television and even increasingly in the feature world, there is a hunger for more diverse and lightly encumbered, i.e., tether-free, technology. Every entertainment-oriented manufacturer and distributor is getting on the bandwagon, and a few... [Read more of this review]

Lighting Focus: The Cloud by Airstar Lighting Focus: The Cloud by Airstar

I was introduced to the The Cloud by Airstar on the Adam Sandler film Bedtime Stories. The look of the film called for a magical, stylized reality, and the filmmakers agreed that this reality didn’t include hard sun coming into contact with faces. Unfortunately, a number of scenes and locations were too remote to bring in a crane and overhead.... [Read more of this review]

Sundance Focus: Innovision Probe II Sundance Focus: Innovision Probe II

With the INNOVISION PROBE II, a tubular lens that offsets from the camera, I can put my lens anywhere in a car without being restricted – on the dashboard, through the steering wheel, or even overhead – and set up is quick. I can also move the camera in ways that are impossible with conventional lenses. On the movie Staten Island I did... [Read more of this review]

Still Photography: LitePanels Micro Still Photography: LitePanels Micro

This little LED unit, which offers continuous output and runs on AA batteries, is attachable to both Nikon and Canon stills cameras. Litepanels Micro for Stills can be dialed up to supply just the right amount of light to fill unflattering shadows and bring the subject’s face and eyes to life. No more red-eye or flash fill. The Micro for Stills features... [Read more of this review]

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