Dec 312015
2015 in Review, 6 Trends

+++ A look back at some of the wonderful films of 2015, and 6 trends I noticed in the past year on thefilmbook blog on the ASC web site 6 Trends 1. Long Takes 2. Elastic Frame 3. Shooting Negative 4. Digital Finesse 5. Monitors Rival Theaters 6. Large Format +++ Link:

Apr 052015
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 [...]

Mar 132015
Trailer for "Marfa Girl" by Larry Clark

———————- Another film about teenagers by the maverick director and photographer Larry Clark. First offered on Clark’s web site, it will now be available on iTunes. +++ +++

Oct 192014
Strangers on a Train 3 - Murder

— “Truffaut said that Hitchcock filmed lovemaking as if it was murder, and filmed murder as if it was lovemaking.” I have posted my third commentary about Alfred Hitchcock‘s brilliant film, Strangers on a Train. My first post discussed the opening sequence, comparing the shooting script to the film, and Truffaut’s vision of Hitchcock as [...]

Sep 032014
Timelapse of REAR WINDOW

— Jeff Desom’s methodical assembly of all the shots of the courtyard in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is an extraordinary piece of storyboarding. You get to see all the different homes and stories that make up the courtyard, and to see the plot unfold. Desom actually used this footage to create a 20-minute 3-projector looping video [...]

Sep 022014
PASOLINI by Ferrara - 2 Trailers

___ Abel Ferrara offers a film about Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini starring Willem Dafoe in the title role. The film focuses on the end of his life and his mysterious murder. I wonder whether the film can do justice to the complex genius of the poet, filmmaker, artist. I hope it’s better than Welcome [...]

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 [...]