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By Joey Magidson
Sometimes, when watching a movie or a television program, you stumble upon an actor or an actress whom you just feel is going places. Maybe they’re new on the scene or a veteran who’s never really been given a chance, but you get the sense that big things are ahead for them. You can almost envision them at the Oscar ceremony, smiling and waiting to hear if their names are called.
Just as often, though, you see people who don’t impress you one bit or happen to be involved in projects that don’t point to an especially bright future. It may not be their fault due to the material, or they may not have come into their own yet, but nothing at that point suggests an Oscar nominee in the making.
Each year, there are numerous potential nominees who have come from rather humble beginnings, »
- Joey Magidson
“You shouldn't see the photography in the film.”
Depending on one’s perspective, a cinematographer can either be forever at the creative mercy of a given project they’re working on or they can develop a fundamental way of seeing the world that can adapt to any narrative, any space, any face. Harris Savides belonged to the latter sensibility. Emerging from the towering and varied influences of world art cinema (Antonioni, Kieslowski, and Tarkovsky were some of his favorites) as well as the existentially tough New Hollywood films of the 70s (Gordon Willis being the patron saint behind the lensing of many of those films), Savides’ work had a transcontinental elegance that was both American and European, belonging to different eras, and yet entirely its own. There’s an earthy sensuality to Savides’ pictures that sets him apart from his forebears.
To a certain extent, »
- Carson Lund
The movie world lost a wonderful cinematic eye this past week with the death of Cinematographer Harris Savides on October 9 and many have paid tribute to him over the past couple of days, but the best to come yet has arrived in the form of the following video retrospective by Nelson Carvajal over at indieWire. A collection of clips from the films he worked on intercut with some interview snippets, Nelson has included scenes from films such as Ridley Scott's American Gangster, David Fincher's Zodiac and The Game, Gus Van Sant's Milk and Elephant, Sofia Coppola's Somwhere, Jonathan Glazer's Birth and Greenberg and Margot at the Wedding from Noah Baumbach. You have not seen the last of Savides' work on the big screen as he did shoot The Bling Ring for Sofia Coppola, which will be hitting theaters next year. But for now, give the »
- Brad Brevet
Kris Tapley mourns cinematographer Harris Savides, who died at age 55: "I hadn't heard that cinematographer Harris Savides had been ill, certainly hadn't known that he was on the ropes, but he has apparently passed away at the far-too-young age of 55. I don't know the cause of death but I know this one's a big blow to the industry. Savides most often collaborated with filmmaker Gus Van Sant. He shot films like 'Finding Forrester,' 'Gerry,' 'Elephant,' 'Last Days' and 'Milk' for the director. But he also worked with David Fincher from time to time ('The Game,' 'Zodiac'), as well as Noah Baumbach ('Margot at the Wedding,' 'Greenberg'). His final work will be seen in Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring,' which releases next year." In Contention Frank Ocean predicts success at the Grammys: "Next week, »
Cinematographer at the forefront of digital experimentation and celebrated for his avant-garde work with Gus van Sant
The cinematographer Harris Savides, who has died of brain cancer aged 55, brought an evocative aesthetic to films made by some of the world's most adventurous directors. His goal was to capture what he called a "heightened reality" through a visual style that was understated to the point of being subliminal: "I don't think you can ever make a movie that looks amazing when you're trying to make it look amazing," he said.
Savides shot six features for Gus van Sant and collaborated with David Fincher, Sofia Coppola and Noah Baumbach. While directors frequently turned to him for a visual style redolent of 1970s American and European auteur cinema, Savides was at the forefront of digital experimentation. He shot Fincher's Zodiac (2007), the fastidiously detailed story of the real-life hunt for a serial killer »
- Ryan Gilbey
Famed cinematographer Harris Savides passed away today. He was 55 years old. While Savides might not have been a household name, odds are that you’ve seen his work firsthand over the past decade and a half. The cinematographer, who frequently worked with filmmaker Gus Van Sant, also worked alongside Woody Allen, David Fincher and Sofia Coppola. Savides began his career in Paris and Milan, where he shot fashion spreads before moving into directing music videos. In 1997, he worked with David Fincher on The Game and his Hollywood career soon took off. From there, he assisted on films such as Zodiac, Margot at the Wedding, Elephant and Milk. His last feature, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, is due out sometime next year. No word yet on the cause of Mr. Savides&rsquo...
- Mike Bracken
Prolific cinematographer Harris Savides, who worked with some of Hollywood top directors, died Thursday. He was 55. The Skouras Agency confirmed his death, but offered no further details. Also read: Notable Celebrity Deaths of 2012 Savides shot six films with Gus Van Sant (pictured above, with Savides and Casey Affleck), including "Elephant" and "Milk," for which Sean Penn received a Best Actor Oscar. He also worked with David Fincher ("Zodiac," "The Game"), Ridley Scott ("American Gangster") and Noah Baumbach ("Greenberg," "Margot at the Wedding"). Savides was also director of photography on Sofia Coppola's upcoming "The »
- Todd Cunningham
Harris Savides, the cinematographer behind some of the most visually striking films and music videos of the last 20 years, passed away today. He was 55.
A native New Yorker, Savides started out his career as a fashion photographer. Moving into music videos, he collaborated with director Mark Romanek on his iconic videos for Madonna’s “Rain” (for which Savides won a Video Music Award), Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” and Fiona Apple’s ”Criminal” – giving each video its own sleek, burnished cinematic bearing.
- Adam B. Vary
Cinematographer Harris Savides, who worked with directors David Fincher, Gus Van Sant, Woody Allen and Noah Baumbach, has passed away. The cause of death is not yet known. He was 55 years old. Though he worked on Fincher’s breakthrough “Se7en,” Savides nabbed his first solo Dp gig on the 1996 thriller “Heaven’s Prisoners,” directed by Phil Joanou. He went on to shoot “The Game” and “Zodiac” for Fincher; “Finding Forrester,” “Gerry,” “Elephant,” “Last Days,” “Milk” and “Restless” for Van Sant; “Margot at the Wedding” and “Greenberg” for Baumbach; “The Yards” for James Gray; “American Gangster” for Ridley Scott; “Whatever Works” for Woody Allen; “Somewhere” for Sofia Coppola; and others. He last shot Coppola’s crime drama “The Bling Ring,” which has yet to be »
- Jay A. Fernandez
Sad news: Harris Savides, a modern master of the art of cinematography, has passed away. Savides was a favorite of auteurs like David Fincher (for whom he shot Zodiac and The Game), Gus Van Sant (six films including Milk, Gerry, and Elephant), Noah Baumbach (Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg) and Sofia Coppola, whose upcoming film The Bling Ring will serve as his final credit. Savides was just 55 years old. »
- Kyle Buchanan
Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha” is a return to lightheartedness for the director, who recently delivered weightier melodramas including “The Squid and the Whale,” “Margot At The Wedding,” and “Greenberg.” Armed with his new muse, the beautiful Greta Gerwig, Baumbach tackles themes of friendship, post-college coming of age, and dealing with the idea of life passing you by. “Frances Ha” is charming, hilarious, and completely worth watching. The following is the press conference recorded on Thursday September 20th 2012, after the press screening during the New York Film Festival at the Walter Reade Theater in New York City, featuring Director Noah Baumbach, Actor and Co-Writer Greta Gerwig, and Actor Mickey Sumner. [ Read More ]
The post ShockYa Presents Movie Night – New York Film Festival 2012 – Frances Ha Press Conference appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
Noah Baumbach has been a polarizing filmmaker since he burst onto the scene with his first high-profile feature, 2005's The Squid and the Whale. Aside from launching Jesse Eisenberg's career, that effort also familiarized the film world with Baumbach's quirky indie voice. While like nails on a chalkboard to some -- see critical reaction to Margot at the Wedding and Greenberg -- Baumbach's minimalist, self-deprecating style has been emulated by many in the years that have followed. His latest, Frances Ha, is every bit as Baumbachian as his previous work, yet feels somehow more accessible as well, aside, perhaps, from the black-and-white filming, which, at times, evokes early Woody Allen or the French New Wave. It is up for debate whether this is because »
No apologies needed for your rich reportage. One of the nice things about this conversation format is that it allows me to jot down titles that I might have otherwise missed, helping me shine some light into the frequent disorientation of packed, conflicting schedules.
Incidentally, illumination is what the title of Carlos Reygadas’ new film promises. For the opening ten minutes or so, Post Tenebras Lux follows a tiny girl excitedly splashing in a muddy field, dogs and cows meandering around her as an incoming storm rumbles in the distance. The sun disappears behind clouds, and lightning flash silhouettes the lonely toddler. Reygadas is very clever at stuff like this, coming up with a vast, assertive composition and then letting unpredictable elements like children, animals and weather play their part in it. But that’s not enough: He has to further make his hand felt by smearing the »
The Telluride waiting game is over. It's fun to ferret out the films from various distributors and publicists and it's also fun to find out the real deal at the airport as the folks arrive at the gate for the Lax-Montrose shuttle. So before the official release hit my inbox--and I read the full program on my seat--i saw Michael Winterbottom, who has directed a fiction film, "Every Day," that took five years to shoot, about the impact on a man's family when he spends years in prison. John Simm and Shirley Henderson star. Winterbottom is a brilliant filmmaker who, to my mind, does his best work with low-tech hand-crafted films, so I'm excited to see this one. Also in the airport was Noah Baumbach, a smart and canny filmmaker ("The Squid and the Whale," "Margot at the Wedding") who doesn't always reach a wide audience. Black-and-white "Frances Ha" is »
- Anne Thompson
It’s not often we get to see big-name directors fly under the radar and shoot an entire film in secrecy, but when they do, you know it’s likely to be brilliant.
Not only will Joss Whedon be unveiling his micro-budgeted adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, Noah Baumbach will also be treating us to a project that we only discovered yesterday, when the official line-up was announced.
“An aspiring dancer (co-writer Greta Gerwig) moves to New York City and becomes caught up in a whirlwind of flighty fair-weather friends, diminishing fortunes and career setbacks, in the new film from director Noah Baumbach (Margot at the Wedding, Greenberg).”
- Kenji Lloyd
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Piers Handling, CEO and Director of Tiff, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, made the first announcement of films to premiere at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. Films announced include titles in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes. The announced films include 17 Galas and 45 Special Presentations, including 38 world premieres.
Toronto audiences will be the first to see the world premieres of films from directors Andrew Adamson, Ben Affleck, David Ayer, Maiken Baird, Noah Baumbach, J.A. Bayona, Stuart Blumberg, Josh Boone, Laurent Cantet, Sergio Castellitto, Stephen Chbosky, Lu Chuan, Derek Cianfrance, Nenad Cicin-Sain, Costa-Gavras, Ziad Doueiri, Liz Garbus, Dustin Hoffman, Rian Johnson, Neil Jordan, Baltasar Kormákur, Shola Lynch, Deepa Mehta, Roger Michell, Nishikawa Miwa, Ruba Nadda, Mike Newell, François Ozon, Sally Potter, Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman, Eran Riklis, David O. Russell, Gauri Shinde, Ben Timlett & Bill Jones & Jeff Simpson, Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, »
- Michelle McCue
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Earlier, we brought you a snapshot glance at the first wave of programming announced for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. Shortly after, the fest released a thorough breakdown of the Galas and Special Presentations for this year’s event, which kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 6.
So far, 17 Galas and 45 Special Presentations have been announced, including 38 world premieres. Andrew Adamson, Ben Affleck, David Ayer, Maiken Baird, Noah Baumbach, J.A. Bayona, Stuart Blumberg, Josh Boone, Laurent Cantet, Sergio Castellitto, Stephen Chbosky, Lu Chuan, Derek Cianfrance, Nenad Cicin-Sain, Costa-Gavras, Ziad Doueiri, Liz Garbus, Dustin Hoffman, Rian Johnson, Neil Jordan, Baltasar Kormákur, Shola Lynch, Deepa Mehta, Roger Michell, Nishikawa Miwa, Ruba Nadda, Mike Newell, François Ozon, Sally Potter, Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman, Eran Riklis, David O. Russell, Gauri Shinde, Ben Timlett & Bill Jones & Jeff Simpson, Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, Margarethe von Trotta, Joss Whedon and »
- Sean O'Connell
2012′s Toronto International Film Festival is set to officially announce its initial line-up later today, but Variety let the cat out of the bag, at least partially; and it’s quite astounding. Most of our most-anticipated films of the year will be premiering at the Canadian festival, notably Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer‘s epic-sounding Cloud Atlas, Rian Johnson‘s Looper (which will open the fest), Ben Affleck‘s Argo, Dereck Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines and much, more more.
Coming from Sundance, the only mentioned film was Ben Lewis‘ John Hawkes-starring The Sessions, while Cannes premieres include Matteo Garrone‘s Reality, Thomas Vinterberg‘s The Hunt, Pablo Larrain‘s No and Jacques Audiard‘s Rust and Bone. One of the biggest surprises is a new film from Noah Baumbach, starring Greta Gerwing titled Frances Ha. There’s also The Avengers director Joss Whedon »
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Directed by: Sarah Polley
Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins
Release Date: July 13, 2012 (Chicago)
Plot: A bored married woman (Williams) struggles with temptation when her neighbor (Kirby) takes an interest in her.
Who’S It For?: With its marvelous mix of melancholy and visual sweetness, Take This Waltz is for those who enjoy movies that explore different truths about relationships.
Expectations: I knew very little of what to expect when I came in, but I was certainly intrigued by the pairing of Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen. Williams hasn’t had a bad performance in a while, and it’s always curious to see what serious lengths Rogen will go to in a drama.
Michelle Williams as Margot: The camera’s amount of sunlight gives her bright yellow skin, and we constantly see her exhibiting a summery red wardrobe. »
- Nick Allen
Following our looks at actors, actresses, screenwriters and directors to watch in recent months, when the time came to put together a list of cinematographers (as we did two years ago), we went in with an open mind. But what was interesting is realizing, after the fact, that in an era where 35mm film is allegedly being phased out, that all five have done perhaps their most distinctive work on old-fashioned celluloid, rather than digital.
All have worked in digital of course, at least in the commercial world, and some have done hugely impressive work on new formats. But most of our five are fierce advocates for good 'ol 35mm, and it's another sign that the death knell shouldn't be rung for the old ways just yet. As long as there are talented DoPs like the ones below, and on the following pages, working closely with filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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