Feb 242019
Notes on the SHALLOW "Oner" with Cooper and Gaga at the 2019 Oscars

+++ The performance of SHALLOW by Bradford Cooper and Lady Gaga at the 2019 Oscars was captured in a single-shot Steadicam “Oner”. The scene is beautifully sober, with simple backlighting and a staging and camera movement that ends up with a stunning close-up of their two faces. As Lady Gaga recounts to Jimmy Kimmel, Bradford [...]

Oct 292013
No Woman No Drive - a charming protest

Artist and social activist Alaa Wardi created this charming multi-screen & muti-track video ridiculing the Saudi ban on woman drivers, in an adaptation of Bob Marley’s classic No Woman No Cry. __ watch on YouTube +++

Aug 172013
EMILY b&w Epic-M by Steven Sebring

DP Steven Sebring used the black and white Epic for this fashion short. I like the way he explores low-contrast monochrome images. The monochrome Epic was reportedly developed by Red at the suggestion of director David Fincher. I saw the Epic monochrome at Gokinema in January 2013. Since all the pixels contribute to the same [...]

Aug 032013
Well-cut trailer for AMERICAN HUSTLE

After Silver Linings Playbook, David O Russell brings us a saga of con artists with a wonderful ensemble cast, and cinematography by Linus Sandgren. The trailer is beautifully, and playfully, cut to Led Zeppelin’s Good Times, Bad Times. Bravo to the editors, presumably Jay Cassidy & Kevin Tent. Watch on YouTube I want to see [...]