Emmy® nominees and winners on creating cinematic television
By Dan Brockett
Director of Photography Yves Bélanger, CSC, on camera, on the set of Big Little Lies. The series swept the 2017 Emmy Awards, winning the Outstanding Limited Series award, with Nicole Kidman earning Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series, Laura Dern, Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, and Alexander Skarsgård, Best Supporting Actor... Read more
Michael Rubenstein is constantly evolving—from photojournalist to advertising photographer to video director. Here’s how.
By William Sawalich >> Photography By Michael Rubenstein
Singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield of the indie band Waxahatchee.
Like a shark that can’t stop swimming, even to sleep, Michael Rubenstein is constantly moving forward. Trained as a photojournalist, he soon evolved into an advertising photographer, then a lifestyle shooter, and now a cinematographer and video director, as well. He approaches the... Read more
Henry Adebonojo, director of photography for the Oscar®-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, embraces multiple mediums to create his personal approach to storytelling
By William Sawalich / Photography By Henry Adebonojo
Cinematographer Henry Adebonojo on set. Of his gear choices, the DP says, “For any shot where there was movement, I literally either mounted the camera to the hood of a car or I was shooting through a sunroof. I used a Panasonic GH4 with Canon lenses for that. And that was really just a function of what I had on hand that could shoot 4K. I had used... Read more
Coming up in the July/August issue, HDVideoPro interviews the director of photography for the Oscar®-nominated film I Am Not Your Negro
“Flag Silhouette.” Still photography from Henry Adebonojo.
Coming up in the July/August issue, HDVideoPro interviews Henry Adebonojo, the director of photography for the Oscar®-nominated film I Am Not Your Negro.
The cinematographer faced a unique challenge when director Raoul Peck tapped him to work on the film—nominated for Best Documentary... Read more
With an ongoing television show for DirecTV, where he interviews many of the celebrities he has photographed, Sam Jones is leveraging digital imaging technologies for all they’re worth
By David Alexander Willis / Photography By Sam Jones
This is our extended interview with Sam Jones.
Sam Jones says that his sober and yet utterly charming approach to celebrity portraiture has the singular goal of telling the story of his subject, with only a single capture. As a photographer, he has captured hundreds of these single-image stories for an award-winning roster of top-shelf... Read more
Fred Elmes, ASC, delivers a visual meditation on small town life in Jim Jarmusch’s latest feature Paterson
By Kevin H. Martin
Over the course of his career, Director of Photography Fred Elmes, ASC, has enjoyed long associations with several notable filmmakers. Among them are Ride with the Devil, The Ice Storm and Hulk for Ang Lee, multiple projects for Martha Coolidge and John Cassavetes, and a trio of David Lynch features starting with his seminal AFI-sponsored Eraserhead,... Read more
With three decades of work behind the lens, Nancy Schreiber, ASC, continues to inspire the next generation of DPs
By Sophia Stuart
As the fourth female member in ASC’s history, out of only 15 total, and as a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Emmy and Independent Spirit Award-nominated cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC, who will receive the 2017 American Society of Cinematographers President’s Award at the 31st ASC Awards gala this February, has forged... Read more
North America’s biggest film festival generated modest sales, positioned titles for awards season and reaffirmed the growing clout of digital platforms in film acquisition
By Mark Dillon
Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival
The 41st installment of the famed Toronto International Film Festival showed an event becoming less about sales and more about marketing. Boutique distributors wrote checks for various indie dramas and documentaries, but overall there were few headline-worthy bidding wars in Canada’s beloved global festival.... Read more
M. David Mullen, ASC, opts for organic 35mm visuals to highlight the horror in The Love Witch, a tribute to ’60s Technicolor melodramas that features a witch using magic to make men fall in love with her
By Kevin H. Martin
Prior to its limited release in November, The Love Witch spent several months on the worldwide festival circuit, in that time amassing kudos and cheers for its innovative visual style and fresh spin on genre storytelling. The titular character (played by Samantha Robinson) uses various incantations and potions to invoke her magic to find a true and... Read more
A 30th anniversary, behind-the-scenes look at the making of James Cameron’s classic feature film
By Kevin H. Martin
In a classic moment from Aliens, the facehugger attacks Ripley, wrapping its tail around her throat. Cameron wanted the creature to be able to do exactly as he wanted, so two working props were built.
“Aliens: The Set Photography” delivers both nostalgia and a plethora of insightful, high-quality images shot during the making of the film.... Read more
Behind-the-scenes video breakdown on how the editor of the Action Movie Kid series on YouTube used Red Giant Trapcode Particular and the Red Giant Universe suite of plugins to create a Doctor Strange effect on their home video
David Alexander Willis
Fun stuff from YouTube-star Action Movie Kid, son of editor Daniel Hashimoto, known for interjecting a variety of pop-culture, sci-fi and fantasy effects into their daily video-lives. His behind-the-scene breakdown on the Red Giant plugin toolset he used is fascinating, in this case, employing the $399 Trapcode Particular and other effects from Red... Read more