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Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg in the fifth of a five part feature... read parts one, two, three and four.
“I admired [Stanley] Kubrick for the sheer variety of his films,” stated Steven Spielberg of the reclusive and revered American filmmaker. “Paths of Glory  was the best antiwar film ever made… Lolita  was, for me, the best picture about the social mores in America. It was way ahead of its time.” Spielberg had an opportunity to meet his cinematic idol. “I was happy to find that he was a nice guy, that he laughed and liked movies. He talked about the movies he liked, as opposed to so many of my other contemporaries who are haughty, supercilious about films, critical of them, and don’t give much credit to other people.” The two men collaborated on A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), an adaptation of a short story »
Dennison was working in the costume department at the production office of the Lakeshore-Sidney Kimmel Entertainment film "One for the Money" when paramedics were called Aug. 31. He was admitted into Upmc Mercy hospital and died two days later.
Dennison's death stunned the cast and crew of the film, which was preparing to wrap principal photography.
"It was an honor and a privilege to work with Michael," "Money" star Katherine Heigl said. "I am heartbroken by his sudden passing as is everyone here on the film. My love and prayers go out to his family and friends. I pray they are surrounded by much love, grace and compassion during this time of grief and loss. I will »
- By Mike Barnes
Cinematography and its significance is an aspect of film that is usually overlooked by your average movie goer. Often times when a director is know for consistently maintaining a certain style it is due in part to the cinematographers contribution. Like film editors, cinematographers take a back seat to directors when it comes to the public’s perception of each of their significances. Although it is ultimately the directors medium, the cinematographer guides the tone and feel of the film by controlling the aesthetics. This is of course excluding art direction, wardrobe and set design. A beautifully constructed sequence arrests your attention with such command and power, while still displaying a subtle eloquence. This display of the mastery of film is often referred to as something “cinematic”. In that moment it is film declaring “I am what I am.” The cinematographer plays an instrumental role is deciding what that declaration is going to convey. »
- Jordan Collins
American Cinematographer – the official magazine of the American Society of Cinematographers – just published a ranking of the best shot films for the 1998 to 2008 decade, and Amélie tops the list.
I initially thought the selections were chosen specifically by members of the Asc, but I learned that it was actually an open process; in short, the magazine asked its subscribers all over the world to nominate 10 films released between 1998 and 2008, that they believed had the best cinematography; the 50 most popular choices were then posted on the Asc website, with the rest of the public free to vote/rank the 50 finalists. Reportedly, more than 17,000 people around the world participated.
And, as already stated, Amélie was ranked in the top spot most consistently. I haven’t watched Amélie in years, but I’d certainly throw it up there on my list of one of the best shot films from 1998 to 2008. Will it be my #1? I don’t know. »
Will Fetters will adapt the novel which follows a Marine who returns to North Carolina having survived three tours of duty in Iraq.
He attributes his good luck to a photo he has always carried with him, a photo of a woman he's never met. Now that he's returned, he sets out to meet her.
- Garth Franklin
Earlier today, the finalists in the feature film category of the 24th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) Outstanding Achievement Awards competition were announced:
“It is a daunting challenge for our members to narrow a very competitive field down to five films that represent the most artful cinematography we have seen during the past year,” says Asc President Michael Goi. “We believe these very different films have set the contemporary standard for compelling visual storytelling.”
6 items from 2010
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