“I Literally Shot the Whole Movie with Dolls on a Miniature Set”: Director Nicolas Pesce | Piercing

By Filmmaker Staff

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? I’m too neurotic for chaos. But there’s always going to be some element of chaos in the process of making any movie. To me, it’s a matter of making sure you encounter as little chaos as possible. As such, I’m a voracious planner in an attempt to try to avoid that inevitable chaos. On my first […] → continue…

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This week SAR readers photos selection

By Andreapazzo

Ken Fong‎ Davenportals… Davenport Beach. 1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section. 2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/posts_to_page/ and on SonyAlphaForum. 3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted […]

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“I Am Not There to Call Attention to My Lighting:” DP Tom Hurwitz on Shooting Studio 54

By Filmmaker Staff

Veteran cinematographer Tom Hurwitz has shot more than 100 documentary features and TV series since 1974, when he helped shoot The Grateful Dead, a concert film of the eponymous band live in San Francisco. Hurwitz has worked on such seminal series as Nova, Frontline and American Masters, while his feature doc work includes Wild Man Blues, The Queen of Versailles and last year’s Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold. Having worked on Valentino: The Last Emperor in 2008, Hurwitz again teams up with director Matt Tyrnauer for Studio 54, a doc on the legendary New York nightclub. Studio 54 makes its debut […] → continue…

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8 Reasons Why “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Was a Massive Disappointment

By Cara McWilliam-Richardson

The Last Jedi was released on the 14th of December 2017 and within hours of its release fans started to flood review sites with negative reviews. It is possibly the most divisive Star Wars film of all time, and has been the subject of much backlash.

The Last Jedi had a lot to live up to, and anticipation and hopes were sky high for the film. When many felt that these expectations had not been met, director Rian Johnson was put to task defending his creative decisions.

Ironically the film has been met with overwhelming approval from critics, and unsurprisingly The Last Jedi has just gone past the one billion dollar mark at the box office. So why this massive divide? And why has The Last Jedi suffered such a backlash? This article looks at some of the reasons that audiences have been disappointed with The Last Jedi. Expect major spoilers from the outset and throughout.

1. Plot holes so big you could fly a Star Destroyer through them

Not every plot point in a film has to be so plain and obvious that the audience barely needs to bother paying attention, but on the flip side, an audience shouldn’t have to have to be left scratching their heads and trying to justify what just happened on screen because it doesn’t quite make sense in the context of the film.

In terms of The Last Jedi, fans definitely had issues with what they perceived to be various plot holes. There are even whole pages of the internet dedicated to the fact. Some plot holes include; the glossing over of the importance of the rebel ring and where exactly it came from, what happened to the rest of Luke’s students, and why Holdo → continue…

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“More Used to Filming Drug Busts than Nerd Conventions”: Directors Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster | Science Fair

By Filmmaker Staff

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? Before making our first feature film, we were both investigative reporters. We’ve spent a dozen-plus combined years hanging out with drug dealers, pimps, warlords and cartel kingpins in some sketchy places, so we were pretty used to working in hard-to-predict environments. We naively thought that making a light hearted documentary about the science fair would be […] → continue…

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Aurora PowerGXND: World’s First Variable Graduated Neutral Density Filters

By Matthew Allard ACS

The Aurora PowerGXND is the world’s first variable graduated neutral density filter. The PowerGXND features a variable hard transition graduated neutral density (GND) filter with a continuously variable range up…

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The ASC Cinematography nominees

By tonycosta100@gmail.com (Tony Costa)

The ASC Cinematography nominees

The ASC American Society of Cinematographers has announced the nominees in several categories for the 32nd annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Cinematography. The winners will be revealed at the Society’s Feb.17 ceremony.

The ASC will honour four of our colleagues Russell Carpenter, ASC (Lifetime Achievement Award), Russell Boyd, ASC, ACS (International Award), Alan Caso, ASC (Career Achievement in Television Award) and Stephen Lighthill, ASC (Presidents Award)

The nominees for theatrical release are:

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for Blade Runner 2049
Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC for Darkest Hour
Hoyte van Hoytema, ASC, FSF, NSC for Dunkirk
Rachel Morrison, ASC for Mudbound
Dan Laustsen, ASC, DFF for The Shape of Water

Four the spotlight award the three nominees are members of IMAGO member societies
Máté Herbai, HSC for On Body and Soul – Golden Frog in the recent Camerimage Film Festival
Mikhail Krichman, RGC for Loveless – Winner Best Cinematography – Carlo di Palm award from EFA
Mart Taniel, ESC for November.

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DP Zak Mulligan on Shooting Sundance Drama We the Animals on Super 16mm

By Filmmaker Staff

Cinematographer Zak Mulligan has worked on roughly 30 shorts, features, documentaries and TV series over the past decade. Mulligan served as DP on We the Animals, which premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival as part of the NEXT lineup. The film marks the first narrative feature from Jeremiah Zagar, a documentary filmmaker whose 2008 In a Dream was shortlisted for an Academy Award and whose 2014 Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart screened in competition at Sundance. Below, Mulligan speaks with Filmmaker about blending digital and 16mm footage, stretching the number of shoot days and twisting his ankle on the set […] → continue…

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“You Cannot Control Everything in Film”: Director Jim Hosking | An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

By Filmmaker Staff

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your work? As far as last year being an increasingly chaotic backdrop, that didn’t directly affect me or the making of my film. My film is not especially attuned to the zeitgeist. But as far as chaos is concerned – and chaos might be too strong a word for it – I think it informs my work on […] → continue…

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Major Problem With the Aurora Aperture ND Filters for the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L

By Canon Rumors Professional photographer Dan Carr recently had a chance to borrow a set of ND filters by Aurora Aperture designed for the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L and other Canon ultra-wide angle lenses. These are rear mount filters. The set of 4 ND filters from Aurora Aperture includes a 3-stop, 6-stop, 12-stop and 16-stop filters. Dan had a … → continue…

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Hello From Sundance: Cage, Crime, and Awkward Road Trips

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“You Have to Give Up Control to Find the Story”: Director Alexandra Shiva | This Is Home

By Filmmaker Staff

As you made your film during the increasingly chaotic backdrop of the last year, how did you as a filmmaker control, ignore, give in to or, conversely, perhaps creatively exploit the wild and unpredictable? What roles did chaos and order play in your films? Making a cinema vérité-style documentary is inherently chaotic; you are immersing yourself in the lives of others and life never follows a script. You have to give up control to find the story. This film was especially chaotic though. We were following a group of Syrian refugees during their first eight months in America. We met […] → continue…

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GH5S… What’s going on

By cameraman

Quick update about the Panasonic GH5S…. mainly prompted by all the great questions we received.

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Zoë White on Filming Christina Choe’s Feature Debut NANCY Starring Andrea Riseborough

By Filmmaker Staff

Zoë White has DP’d more than 30 features and shorts since 2004, including Stephen Cone’s Princess Cyd and Onur Tukel’s Catfight. Her latest work, NANCY, marks the feature debut of Christina Choe, a writer/director whose shorts have screened at Telluride and SXSW. NANCY tells the story of a struggling writer (Andrea Riseborough) who tells elaborate lies on the Internet to compensate for her creative failures. The film co-stars Steve Buscemi, Ann Dowd and John Leguizamo. Below, White discusses how she and Choe arrived at the film’s visual design. NANCY screens in competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Filmmaker: How and why did you […] → continue…

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No Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III Coming Ahead of CP+ in March [CR3]

By Canon Rumors We’ve now been told by two people we trust that there is no PowerShot G7 X Mark III coming in the immediate future (ahead of CP+). Both sources said a new G series camera was coming, but later on in 2018. Does that mean the PowerShot G7 X Mark III images are fakes? I think … → continue…

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