8 items from 2017
John Carpenter's The Fog (1980) is playing from September 9 - October 8 and Escape from New York (1981) from September 10 - October 9, 2017 in the United States as part of the series John Carpenter's '80s.A golden pocket watch hangs on the right side of the movie’s frame like a broken pendulum, or maybe a man from the gallows. It sways gently, showing five minutes before midnight. With laconic eyes and the careful accentuation of a raconteur, Mr. Michen (John Houseman) recounts to a gaggle of kids the moribund story of the Elizabeth Dane, a clipper ship captained by a wealthy man named Blake who had leprosy, and who wanted to set up a leper colony in Northern California. The ship, beset by a sudden fog bank, sailed towards a campfire mistaken for a lighthouse and crashed into the rocks. None survived. The story, which has been passed down from grandfathers to fathers to sons, »
Well, I guess we’re buying this movie yet again. Not long after Scream Factory recently released their Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of John Carpenter’s The Thing, boasting a new 2K scan of the inter-positive that was supervised and approved by director of photography Dean Cundey, we learned that Arrow Video was working on their own release […] »
- John Squires
The board of governors of the American Society of Cinematographers has re-elected Kees van Oostrum to a second term as president of the organization.
The Amsterdam native was elected a year ago to a one-year term, succeeding Richard Crudo. The organization, now in its 98th year, has 370-plus active members and 200 associate members from ancillary segments of the industry. Membership is by invitation only.
The Asc board also elected officers for the 2017-2018 term, including Bill Bennett, John Simmons, and Cynthia Pusheck as vice presidents; Levie Isaacks as treasurer; David Darby as secretary; and Isidore Mankofsky as sergeant-at-arms.
“As an organization, we are focused on education, international outreach, diversity, and preservation of our heritage,” van Oostrum said. “Over the past year, we expanded our Master Class program internationally to Toronto and China. We launched a Chinese version of American Cinematographer magazine.”
He also noted that the Asc is preparing for »
- Dave McNary
Cinematographers guild board also votes in officers for 2017-18 term.
The American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) has re-elected Kees van Oostrum for a second term as president.
The Asc board met on Monday night and also voted in the officers for the 2017-18 term.
“As an organisation, we are focused on education, international outreach, diversity and preservation of our heritage,” van Oostrum said. “Over the past year, we expanded our Master Class programme internationally to Toronto and China. We launched a Chinese version of American Cinematographer magazine. We are preparing for a third International Cinematography Summit, which sees attendees from several other societies around the world.
“And our Vision Committee has many initiatives planned after presenting two very successful ‘Day of Inspiration’ events in Los Angeles and New York, which were designed »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Jean-Luc Godard is no less than one of the five most influential filmmakers in the history of the medium. He’s best known as the figurehead of the French New Wave, but that’s a movement that’s been over nearly a half century now, and point of fact the overwhelming majority of Godard’s 124 directing credits come after the Fnw. He’s a man who started a movement and then was somewhat forced to remain in its shadow. There’s a feeling of old cinema — perhaps “classic” is the word — to the director’s oeuvre, but in truth Godard has always been at the forefront of cinematic experimentation no matter what the year or movement du jour, he’s always put innovation ahead of traditional storytelling. This is the man, after all, who gave us the famous quote: “A story should have a beginning, a »
- H. Perry Horton
Dapper as usual in a tartan-print suit, Paul Feig entered the Scottish-themed Tam O’Shanter’s in Hollywood's Los Feliz neighborhood Tuesday evening to a dim room full of bright women.
The Ghostbusters director volunteered his Tuesday night to mentor eight women in the film industry, each hailing from a different discipline. The woman are members of the non-profit Cinefemme – a group of key creatives that work to connect female filmmakers and foster opportunities to greenlight their films.
Watch Feig talk about the organization in the video below.
The Dinner with Dames event is one such opportunity. Writer/director and program director Jenna Payne and writer/director and Cinefemme Executive Director Michelle Kantor started the intimate gatherings last September and has been able to snag mentors like Simon Barrett (The Guest, You're Next), Zoe Bell (Camino, The Hateful Eight), Dean Cundey (Jurassic Park, Back to the Future), Vicky Jenson (Shrek, Shark Tale), [link »
It starts with the music, which rises as the screen fades from black to reveal the sinister orange glow of the credits and a leering jack o’ lantern. The rapid, staccato piano notes indicating an oppressive force at work; relentless and unforgiving. John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) is about all of these sensations and more; concrete vibrations that have echoed through the halls of horror, resounding from time to time to remind audiences of its lasting influence and potency.
By now, most know the story of how Halloween came to be and the landmark it truly is. How producer Irwin Yablans approached Carpenter about doing a horror film after seeing his Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), and wanted it to revolve around babysitters; how the film was initially panned by major critics, and then re-evaluated once it started to become popular; how it ended up making over $70 million worldwide at the box office against a $325,000 budget, »
- Scott Drebit
This coming Wednesday sees Boom! Studios releasing The Official Art of Big Trouble in Little China, the companion book to The Official Making of Big Trouble in Little China, which presents a first-ever look at the artistic world behind the beloved John Carpenter movie and its expanded universe. Check out a preview here…
Packed with never-before-seen images, including costume designs by Oscar nominee April Ferry; original set designs by Production Designer John J. Lloyd; original storyboard art by George Jensen; and development art from Funko’s “Big Trouble” series.
Exclusive new interviews with Cinematographer Dean Cundey, Visual Effects Producer Richard Edlund, Special Makeup Effects artist Steve Johnson, and with artist Drew Struzan and a look at his early pencils for the iconic film poster.
- Gary Collinson
8 items from 2017
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