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. [...]

Jun 052014
Carlo Varini 1946-2014

— The Swiss cinematographer has left us suddenly. We will miss Carlo’s talent, kindness and finesse. Our condolences to his family. Le directeur photo suisse nous a quitté soudainement. Son talent, sa gentillesse et sa finesse nous manqueront. Nos condoléances à sa famille et ses proches. Parmi ses films / among his films: “Dernier Combat”, [...]

Nov 302013
Ed Lachman and Gaspar Noé

I had the pleasure of seeing these distinguished filmmakers at Ed’s chic opening at Marie-Dominique Toussaint’s Galerie Cinema in Paris. Ed is exhibiting frame blow-ups from his movies & collages. — Gaspar agreed that Lars von Trier’s upcoming Nymphomaniac seems like it will be more disturbing than sexy. Gaspar says that he will finally shoot [...]

Nov 282013
Camerimage 2013 photo journal

I posted a photo journal of my experience at Camerimage 2013 on thefilmbook blog on the ASC web site. It includes: – photos of Bydgoszcz – recap of the winners of the Main Competition – recap of some of the educational events – informal portraits of people I saw at Camerimage +++ +++

Oct 232013
2013 Imago Inspiration photo album

I went to Vienna for the 2013 Imago Inspiration event, which focused this year on the director/cinematographer “couple”. I took the photos below of some of the 130 attendees. We saw presentations by: Director Christine Jeffs & her husband cinematographer John Toon, moderated by Richard Andry Director Peter Weir & cinematographer Russell Boyd, moderated by [...]

Jul 202013
Hanging with Chivo

I visited with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (aka Chivo) in Los Angeles last June, we had lunch and spoke about cinema. We discussed his latest film with Alfonso Cuaron, the stunning Gravity. I have written an article about the film in the American Cinematographer. We spoke about the increasing importance of virtual cinematography, and the need [...]