July 25, 2013 |
Celebrity was a fresh concept at the beginning of the last century, as the movies introduced the world to a new kind of famous person: pretend heroes and ingénues glamorized on the big screen and the pages of movie fan magazines. In the silent era, image became everything. In his richly illustrated "Still: American Silent Motion Picture Photography," David S. Shields examines the groundbreaking work of the early cinematographers and still photographers who created that phenomenon. Shields is both scholarly and deeply passionate about the pictures (some from his own collection)
June 16, 2013 |
At 83 on June 16, Vilmos Zsigmond - regarded as one of the 10 most influential cinematographers by the International Cinematographers Guild - still has a full plate. The Big Sur-based cinematographer for such classic '70s films as "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "The Deer Hunter" has a new movie coming out June 21 - "Compulsion," a psychological thriller about two women who live next door to each other. What did you do to make "Compulsion" sing in a big theater? We shot it the way we used to make movies in Hollywood and Europe.
April 25, 2013 |
To celebrate the opening of the Paris Photo Los Angeles photography fair on the Paramount lot, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is screening "Miradas Multiples, La Maquina Loca" ("Multiple Visions, The Crazy Machine"), a gorgeous documentary directed by Emilio Maille about the great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, who will be the subject of a LACMA exhibition later this year. Figueroa shot more than 200 films, and the stunning imagery here shows what a complete master of black and white he was. PHOTOS: Behind-the-scenes Classic Hollywood If you don't believe your eyes, you can listen to Figueroa's peers, great cinematographers, such as Vittorio Storaro, Raoul Coutard, Christopher Doyle and Haskell Wexler, sing his praises.
February 11, 2013 |
Roger Deakins won the 27th American Society of Cinematographers Award for outstanding achievement in feature film for "Skyfall" on Sunday evening. Deakins previously won the ASC Award 18 years ago for "The Shawshank Redemption" and six years ago for "No Country for Old Men. " The cinematographer, who earned his 10th Academy Award nomination for "Skyfall," has never won an Oscar. Perhaps the ASC win will boost his chances to finally win the elusive Academy Award. OSCARS 2013: Full coverage Earlier Sunday, "Skyfall" won the BAFTA for best British film.
December 18, 2012 |
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" stars a 6-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy and is set near New Orleans, in a fictional island region in constant danger of being washed away. The denizens' ingenuity comes as a constant surprise to viewers, who can almost feel the humidity and smell the swamp. But how did a crew of feature-film novices with a budget of just $1.5 million so persuasively create this idiosyncratic world? "The film jelled really well with people who were amateurs or who didn't have experience," says first-time feature director and co-writer Benh Zeitlin.
November 2, 2012 |
The American Society of Cinematographers announced Friday morning that Dean Semler, Rodney Charters, Robby Muller and Curtis Clark will be honored during the 27th annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards on Feb. 10 at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom. Semler, who has made nearly 70 features and won an Oscar for the 1990 film "Dances With Wolves," will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Charters, who began his career on documentaries and has worked on such TV series as "24," "Nash Bridges" and now "Nashville," is set to receive the Career Achievement in Television honor.