Mar 162015
-- Almost famous: 6 extra cinematography nominees

— Leviathan – cinematography by Mikhael Krichman Presenting 6 DPs who weren’t nominated for the BAFTA / ASC / Oscar awards: a Tunisian, a Turk, a Russian, a French-Canadian, an American & a Brit on thefilmbook blog on theASC web site +++ link: +++

Feb 222015
Emmanuel Lubezki thanks Alejandro Iñarritu

————————————————– When accepting the Spirit award for the cinematography of Birdman, Chivo gives a heartfelt and humorous thank you to “my friend the director Alejandrito el negro Gonzales Iñarritu, for your genius cabron (fucker). You’re a pain in the ass but you’re absolutely one of the greatest directors I’ve ever worked with. I love you. [...]

Feb 142015
Luciano Tovoli Master Class in Paris

Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli gave a wonderful Master Class in Paris last week, as part of the Cameflex event. The Master Class was ably moderated by Dominique Maillet, who also invited French camera operator Yves Agostini, and then director Jacob Berger to discuss their collaborations with Tovoli. Click on an image to start a slide show [...]

Jul 282014
Interview with Harris Savides: The Filmmaking Process

– I posted an interview I did 7 years ago with the late, great cinematographer Harris Savides about the filmmaking process with director Gus van Sant for their masterful Death Trilogy: Gerry, Elephant, Last Days. The post is on my blog on Here’s an excerpt: BB: And for you as a cinematographer, does freedom [...]

Jun 072014
Andrei Zvyagintsev & Mikhail Krichman in Cannes

– The Russian director and cinematographer of the powerful drama Leviathan in Cannes, the day after the widely acclaimed film got the prize for best screenplay from Jane Campion’s jury. Many of us felt that this richly composed, tragic tale — inspired by Thomas Hobbes and the Book of Job — deserved a higher honor. [...]

Jun 052014
Carlo Varini 1946-2014

— The Swiss cinematographer has left us suddenly. We will miss Carlo’s talent, kindness and finesse. Our condolences to his family. Le directeur photo suisse nous a quitté soudainement. Son talent, sa gentillesse et sa finesse nous manqueront. Nos condoléances à sa famille et ses proches. Parmi ses films / among his films: “Dernier Combat”, [...]

May 192014
Gordon Willis 1931-2014

— Gordon is gone, but he leaves behind his wonderful trail-blazing work including visual masterpieces like: – Klute – Godfather part 1 – Godfather part 2 – Manhattan – All the President’s Men Gordon Willis changed the art of cinematography for ever. May God bless his soul. +++ The photo is from Caleb Deshchanel’s toast [...]