Sep 092016
 
Kubrick self-portrait on set of THE SHINING

Stanley Kubrick shoots a mirror self-portrait with his daughter Vivian on the set of The Shining, his most perfect film, if not his best one. Kubrick worked as a professional photographer in his youth. It’s telling to see him blur out everything (including the movie star) except for himself, his daughter Vivian and the Arri [...]

Sep 022016
 
-- Interview with Xavier Dolan about MOMMY

— “I’ve learned is that it is very important in this business to never doubt yourself, although it’s just as crucial to doubt your ideas” The brilliant young director talks about “Mommy”, his creative process & his collaboration with DP André Turpin Published on theASC web site +++ Link: https://ascmag.com/blog/the-film-book/mommy-interview-xavier-dolan +++

May 302015
 
Palme d'or winner Jacques Audiard

— “What interested me in this was the Other. How do we see him and perceive him, how does he perceive us? How do we perceive the people who sell us roses at a café terrace, and who we send away without looking at them? They come from some place. That was what interested me.” [...]

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. [...]

Sep 202014
 
My interview with Luc Besson part 2

— “For me, the person in the shot is the star. He may have only one line of dialogue in the film, but I’m going take care of him in the same way I’m going to take care of Scarlett.” Part 2 of my interview with Luc Besson on thefilmbook blog on theASC.com +++

Sep 052014
 
My Interview with Director/Camera Operator Luc Besson

Luc Besson shooting Scarlet Johansson in Lucy — “When I was young, I was far from the actors, because I was afraid of them. Now I’m only a meter away…” Part 1 of my interview with Besson on thefilmbook blog on theASC.com +++

Sep 022014
 
Iñarritu about the long takes in BIRDMAN

— Director Alejandro Iñarritu speaks with Anne Thompson at Telluride about his latest film, Birdman. By all accounts the film is brilliant, innovative, powerful. I’m dying to see it. Like Hitchcock’s Rope, the film is presented as one continuous take, with editing masking the splices between a series of long takes. The cinematography is by [...]

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. [...]

May 062014
 
Wong Kar Wai interviewed by Martin Scorsese

– Martin Scorsese interviews Wong Kar Wai about The Grandmaster. It’s a real joy to listen to these 2 great directors talk about their art. Wong starts by saying “it’s an honor to be with my hero”, and also states that Raging Bull has one of “the greatest fight scenes of all time”. +++ link [...]