Jul 162017
 
BABY DRIVER Opening Scene

Masterful execution of bank robbery / chase by director Edgar Wright, with dp Bill Pope, cut to “Bellbottoms” by editors Jonathan Amos & Paul Machliss I especially like the first 2 1/2 minutes: introduction to the main character, with glimpses of the robbery from the getaway driver’s perspective. Great pop cinema. LINK http://bit.ly/BabyDriverOpening

Jul 082017
 
Lighting 4 More Scenes from IDA

IDA director Pawel Pawlikowski and cinematographer Lukasz Zal, PSC, watching the camera monitor This post continues my in-depth look at scenes from the wonderful Polish film IDA. Once again I offer video and high-resolution images to present detailed examples of scene lighting. This 2nd post is intended to be seen after you’ve read the 1st [...]

Oct 052016
 
Gordon Willis Tribute : KLUTE

– I posted a closer look at Klute, a lesser-known masterpiece by Alan Pakula with pioneering cinematography by the late, great Godron Willis, ASC, with comments by fellow cinematographers Ed Lachman, Matthew Libatique & Vilmos Zsigmond, as well as my friend & colleague Stephen Pizzello, who recently completed a book about Gordon. This post is [...]

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 062016
 
1826 First photograph ever taken

View from the Window at Le Gras, the first successful permanent photograph created by Nicéphore Niépce in 1826, Saint-Loup-de-Varennes. Captured on 20 × 25 cm oil-treated bitumen. http://bit.ly/16wFo2T The bitumen photograph plate The photo was made with an 8 hour exposure in a camera oscura on photosensitive bitumen. The photo is developed by washing away [...]

Mar 262016
 
Batman v Superman - Sad Affleck meme

A funny take on the actor turned superhero during an obligatory press junket interview. Despite very bad reviews, the DC movie is breaking box office records. watch on YouTube +++