11 items from 2015
It’s been a pretty good week for Trailers, I must say that. We’ve already gotten looks at a number of potential Academy Award players, including Everest and The Walk, but now Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks throw their hat into the ring with Bridge of Spies. This dramatic Cold War thriller, which got a Poster just yesterday, is considered by many to be the Oscar frontrunner in a number of categories, including Best Picture. As such, this was looked at with much anticipation, to say the least. You’ll be able to see the Trailer below, but take it from me…this looks like a contender to reckon with folks. The story here has an American attorney (Hanks) being recruited by the CIA during the height of the Cold War to help rescue a downed pilot detained in the Soviet Union, while also negotiating the swap of a »
- Joey Magidson
"We need to have the conversation our governments can't." Disney has debuted the first trailer for Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, formerly his "Untitled Cold War" thriller, starring Tom Hanks, an American lawyer recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. This looks like Spielberg is back at his best, telling an intense but focused story of how one man had to make the right decisions to make sure our planet didn't fall into war (again). This footage looks dark but stunning, as expected, since Spielberg is working again with Dp Janusz Kaminski. The cast includes Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Sebastian Koch and many others. Get your first look at footage from the new Spielberg film below. Here's the first official trailer for Steven Spielberg's Bridge of Spies, found on YouTube: You can also still see the first »
- Alex Billington
It's been a busy week for studios looking to push their year-end prestige product. Sony dropped a splashy new trailer for "The Walk" while announcing the film would open the New York Film Festival and Disney has offered up the first materials for "Bridge of Spies." Yesterday we got the poster, today we get the trailer. It's a thriller sell with, naturally, Tom Hanks front and center. That's the interesting thing about it for me, though. Amid all that period turmoil and accoutrements, yep, that's Tom Hanks. No affectations or heavy characterization, just gee whiz Tom Hanks. And that could be fine. It just struck me for whatever reason. As I said yesterday, I'm excited for the film. Steven Spielberg's last excursion, "Lincoln," was absolutely masterful and he's in top form as ever. I like the look of this, the attention to detail, Janusz Kaminski's photography. It feels »
- Kristopher Tapley
Master cinematographer and television director Caleb Deschanel will receive AFI's 25th Annual Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal, which has previously gone to the likes of Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, David Lynch, Wally Pfister and fellow Dp Janusz Kaminski. This honor recognizes the extraordinary creative talents of an AFI Conservatory alum who embodies the qualities of filmmaker Franklin Schaffner, the Oscar-winning director of 1970's "Patton." An AFI grad from the class of 1969, Deschanel is a five-time Oscar nominee for "The Passion of the Christ," "The Patriot," "Fly Away Home," "The Natural" and "The Right Stuff." AFI cinematography alumni have been nominated 17 times across the past 12 years — winning five times. Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Award for "The Patriot" and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Asc in 2010. His directing credits »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Deschanel is a 1969 alumnus of the AFI Conservatory. He’s been nominated for best cinematographer Oscars for “The Right Stuff,” “The Natural,” “Fly Away Home,” “The Patriot” and “The Passion of the Christ.”
The presentation of the Schaffner Medal will take place as part of the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to Steve Martin on June 4. Past recipients of the medal include cinematographers Darren Aronofsky, Patty Jenkins, Janusz Kaminski, David Lynch and Wally Pfister.
Deschanel won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for “The Patriot” and was honored with the lifetime achievement award by the Asc in 2010. He was also in the first class of the AFI Conservatory, »
- Dave McNary
This is when everyone should finally lose their sh*t. It has been officially announced that the new Blade Runner movie, being directed by Denis Villeneuve, will feature Roger Deakins as cinematographer. What?! Deakins?! Awesome, just awesome. Roger Deakins is one of the best cinematographers working today, only rivaled by the likes of Emmanuel Lubezki or Janusz Kaminski . He has been working with Denis Villeneuve on his last two films, shooting both Prisoners and Sicario (which just premiered at Cannes) for the Quebecois filmmaker. They'll move onto Blade Runner, even though it likely won't start shooting until 2016 sometime. No other details were revealed, and the press release doesn't even mention Gosling (yet). "Roger is an extraordinary talent and we are very excited that Denis and Roger have chosen to continue their collaboration in bringing the sequel to Blade Runner to the big screen," the producers said. Here's all we do »
- Alex Billington
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Part 1 of 10: There’s nothing like the thrill of a chase. A bank robber pulls off an elaborate heist only to be pursued by a dogged detective on foot. A soldier escapes from enemy territory but must outrun the angry combatants on his tail. A man wrongly accused of murder has just his wits and his two legs to flee the authorities. It’s the immediacy that appeals: characters relying on their stamina, agility, and wit to stay alive, without the aid that a car, boat, or plane gives them. For filmmakers, »
- Shane Ramirez
There’s definitely some new blood getting involved behind the scenes of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of The Bfg with Deadline reporting that Walden Media are now backers on the project. They’re longtime purveyors of young people’s films that have pretty often come with Faith-positive or Christian message – like the Narnia series, for example.
Less definite than this but much more interesting is the possibility of some new names getting involved more visibly. According to a tweet from Film Divider, Bill Hader and Martin Freeman are “likely” to join the cast. There’s no indication on who they would play but I think Freeman will be a good match for Mr. Tibbs, butler at Buckingham Palace.
Officially on the roster so far are Mark Rylance as the Bfg himself, and Ruby Barnhill as his human friend, Sophie. As fans of Roald Dahl’s original novel, or even the Cosgrove Hall animated feature, »
- Brendon Connelly
By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »
- Kristopher Tapley
Stumbling across that list of best-edited films yesterday had me assuming that there might be other nuggets like that out there, and sure enough, there is American Cinematographer's poll of the American Society of Cinematographers membership for the best-shot films ever, which I do recall hearing about at the time. But they did things a little differently. Basically, in 1998, cinematographers were asked for their top picks in two eras: films from 1894-1949 (or the dawn of cinema through the classic era), and then 1950-1997, for a top 50 in each case. Then they followed up 10 years later with another poll focused on the films between 1998 and 2008. Unlike the editors' list, though, ties run absolutely rampant here and allow for way more than 50 films in each era to be cited. I'd love to see what these lists would look like combined, however. I imagine "Citizen Kane," which was on top of the 1894-1949 list, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The found footage genre is a peculiar one. It rests its laurels on building realism through the urgency and immediacy of the filmed footage. However, quite often, the characters in these films go to such extreme lengths to shoot this footage that one wonders why they are committing to capturing so much extraneous material. Every so often, a genre film will use the recordings in a chilling or original way. However, much of the time, having a character record all of the events on a video camera comes off as a contrived gimmick. The only way a film of this sort can be successful is if the story would not have worked as effectively with a regular, multi-camera staging.
The biggest problem with Project Almanac, a new sci-fi drama aimed at teens, is how rarely its writers convince us that the story should be told through the immediate presence of a video camera. »
- Jordan Adler
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