December 27, 2012 |
Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" is set in a richly colored, Todd-AO widescreen-feeling America circa 1950, boldly ascending from the horrors of World War II without yet comprehending the trauma incurred. It's a sometimes squeaky-clean surface under which lurks the "animal" nature that the charismatic philosophical leader known as Master (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman) decries, especially in protégé Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix), a troubled Navy veteran. Production designers Jack Fisk and David Crank agree that the key to bringing that era to life in a way that served the story was to keep it out of the museum.
September 3, 2011 |
Purporting to be edited from 84 hours of footage recently uploaded to the Internet — by whom, it is not stated — "Apollo 18" would have viewers believe that this is the true story of how NASA and the Department of Defense sent a secret final manned mission to the moon in 1974 after the lunar program had been officially shut down. What the astronauts found there has been kept under wraps ever since. In reality, "Apollo 18" is a faux found-footage thriller directed by Spanish filmmaker Gonzalo López-Gallego from a script by newcomer Brian Miller and produced by Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov.
June 8, 1986 |
The ability to look at the ordinary with extraordinary perception--dramatic composition, ex ceptional lighting and instinctive timing--was the key to success for 15 winners in The Times' 13th annual photography contest. GRAND PRIZE JIM BUCHANAN North Hollywood Right: Buchanan took this shot of beach cottages in Oceanside in late winter. He used Kodachrome 64 in a Canon FTB with an 85mm lens; the exposure was f2.8 for 1/60th of a second.
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December 15, 2009 |
In October 2005, Dave McCoy's friends bought him a digital camera, hoping it would help the founder of the storied Mammoth Mountain ski resort stay active after selling the enterprise to a private investment firm. Instead, McCoy found a new calling. The elder statesman of the California ski industry has been, as he likes to say, "shootin' shots" ever since, exploring the world through zoom lenses with the same enthusiasm and dedication he used to transform the remote mountain into a ski resort that sold for $365 million.
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November 30, 2001 |
Jason Steinberg, a photojournalism student from Long Beach, was on the way to his Aunt Gail's house in Phoenix for Thanksgiving dinner. While waiting for a Southwest Airlines flight at LAX, Steinberg began taking photographs. "I'm doing a project for class about the aftermath of Sept. 11," says Steinberg, 26, who works as a customer representative at a hospital when he is not at Los Angeles Harbor Community College.
January 20, 2012 |
Eastman Kodak Co.'s grand days as a vanguard American company, responsible for the millions of photos stuffed in family albums and shoe boxes across the country, seemed far away when the company finally filed for a long-expected bankruptcy. But although many knew that Chapter 11 restructuring was coming for the storied brand - long buckling under competitive and technological pressures and liquidity woes - the announcement still left many in a somber mood. "There's a romanticism that everybody feels with Kodak - it's like holding a blank canvas," said Damon Berger, co-founder of the Disrupt/Group production house in Hollywood.