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 [...]

Mar 302017
 
VFX split screen for bridge disaster

— Martin Halle’s vimeo channel offers an interesting split-screen of a bridge disaster VFX sequence for Final Destination 5, that shows the live action and green screen elements. Notice how the real truck helps sell the effect. The link to video is below. watch on vimeo +++

Mar 032014
 
Kress Lighting Workshop part 3

My posts about Eric Kress‘ Lighting Workshop on the ASC web site have been very popular. Eric was the cinematographer of the original “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. I am preparing part 4 in the next 2 weeks… The workshop was held at Gothenburg Film Studios during Gokinema, in collaboration with Michael Petersen, and with [...]

Feb 272014
 
Slates for Sarah facebook page

— Camera crews from all over are contributing to a touching tribute facebook page of camera slates for Sarah Elizabeth Jones, the camera assistant who died tragically on a shoot on a railroad bridge in Georgia. Sarah was 27. +++

Feb 232014
 
Helpless Mirth: Brad Pitt on set

Uncontrollable laughter — a case of the giggles — sometimes just happens on set. It’s often triggered by one line of ordinary dialogue, that the actor just can’t say with a straight face. The more he tries not to laugh, the more he laughs. This inability of the professional actor to be “professional”, his helpless [...]