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New York directors Noah Baumbach and the Safdie brothers, who have films in the running for this year's Palme d'Or in Cannes, spotlight the vitality of independent cinema in America's cultural capital. Thousands of miles from the bright lights of Hollywood, New York has for decades been an inspiration for greats in US cinema, a tradition that binds Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese to today's independent community. They meet at the KGB, a bar in the East Village, or at showings at the Film Forum, which has been welcoming cinema lovers for nearly 50 years on Houston Street. "There's absolutely a circle of film geeks," said filmmaker Nathan Silver, who moved from Massachusetts to the Big Apple just days before the September 11, 2001 attacks and whose latest film "Thirst Street" is just out. "A lot of directors are using the same cinematographers, composers.
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But he does not take full credit. The recording of these scenes was the work of a group of cinematographers, The Aleppo Media Center, who followed the White Helmets day and night under relentless bombings. Fayyad said he wanted to call attention to the crimes against humanity committed in the city. He also wanted to show the world that these civilians who face death every day and live their lives in constant fear are no different than the rest of us. “There are markets, houses with families, people who fight for common values,” he said. “No one is acting and the Syrians feel despondent. People did not choose this life. These people did not join ISIS. These people try to live,” he said. Last Men in Aleppo focuses on those Syrians who chose to stay. Like Khaled. He is very aware of the dangers his wife and children face daily. But he doesnt want to run.
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The Cinematographers Guild , IATSE Local 600 , has filed a lawsuit against former national secretary-treasurer Alan Gitlin , claiming he refused to return $3,301 in union funds and equipment he allegedly absconded with after he lost his bid for re-election last year. Kicked off the national executive board after he bounced two checks to cover the debt, the suit also wants the court to order him to pay the $7,500 fine the union levied against him. The lawsuit ( read it here )...
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There are apparently 180 decisions to make over the four-hour runtime, leading to one of seven possible endings. Video of Late Shift - Xbox One Reveal Trailer Late Shift ’s release on PS4 and Xbox One is a telling sign of the inherent game-ness of choose-your-own-adventure stories. The actors might all be human, the camerawork all done by cinematographers, but the result is more of a game than a film. Indeed, full-motion video (FMV) was once a popular medium for game developers. When PCs and consoles started using CD-ROMs in the early 1990s, it became technically possible to store more than few seconds of video in a game. This led to a slew of (generally terrible) games that combined filmed actors with interactive scenes. See related Virtual reality will change the way you think about violence Inside and the rise of short games From Minecraft to Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, how real life imitates the games we play FMV games such as Phantasmagoria , Sewer Shark and the infamous Night Trap were not known for their high production values, and the technique faded into obscurity by the end of the decade.
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Hollywood’s union publicists have their moment in the sun two days before the Oscars at the 54th annual Intl. Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards luncheon Feb. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The Publicists Guild, which has about 400 active members and 600 more on inactive status, became part of the ICG in 2002. Though its members... Read more »
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Gerald Hirschfeld , the man behind the camera for such classic films as Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein and Sidney Lumet's Fail-Safe who was the American Society of Cinematographers ' most senior member, has died. He was 95. The ASC said he died February 13 but gave no other details. Born on April 25, 1921, in New York City, Hirschfeld was self-taught in his craft mostly by watching movies. There were no film schools in those days, so I was always looking for new...
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Because we tend to think of film as a director's medium, cinematographersthe craftspeople who understand that visual textures and moods can affect moviegoers deeply and mysteriouslydon't get much love. The director-cinematographer union is one of the most essential partnerships on any movie, but it's also something of a secret puzzle, a dialogue in a language that can slip between the cracks of words. The most astonishing feats of cinematography are also sometimes among the least flashy, essentially the result of putting technical skills to work in the service of synesthesia. Science and numbers are enlisted in the service of color, light, feeling. How do you convey, for example, the very texture of the air? In 17th century rural Japan, no less? That's what cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto pulls off in Martin Scorsese's Silence, a picture that, by all reasonable logic of how movies get made these days, shouldn't even exist.
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Here, five Oscar-nominated cinematographer explain the secrets to their success. Greig FraserLionIt’s been a busy year for the versatile L.A.-based Australian cinematographer — and one of extremes, with two very different films recently in theaters. He shot the billion-dollar-grossing sci-fi extravaganzaRogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first standalone film from the... Read more »
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Cinematography, the original cinematic art, maintained its breakneck rate of change in 2016. As always, technology and technique intertwined with personal artistic sensibilities and stories to drive changes in filmmaking. New markers were laid down on the road to the future with high-tech endeavors like “The Jungle Book,” lensed by Bill Pope, and “Billy Lynn’s... Read more »
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EXCLUSIVE: The former secretary-treasurer of the Cinematographers Guild has been fined, kicked off the executive board and ordered to return $3,300 to the guild after a union trial board found that he absconded with union funds and equipment. Alan Gitlin , who was defeated in his bid for re-election last year, was accused of making off with computer equipment and keeping credit card points for himself that should have been turned over to the guild after he left office...
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That usually allows them to charge for a premium product because film has a different look and feel than digital. That look is key, adds Olbrich. At Kodak, were very data-driven, he says. We look at every aspect of an image and try to quantify it, but theres just a depth and richness in a film image thats hard to replicate otherwise. Thats really the reason why a lot of influential motion pictures cinematographers demand to use film. And now, professional photographers are making the same demands. This group of photographers often uses the fact that they shoot film as a competitive advantage in their marketing. The Best Film Cameras You Can Buy Right Now Film, meanwhile, pushes photographers to rethink how they shoot. You cant just shoot a hundred shots of your subject and review them immediately, says Olbrich.
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Over three decades, the American Society of Cinematographers has given its coveted Presidents Award to a long list of distinguished artists, including Douglas Trumbull (“Blade Runner”), Albert Maysles (“Gimme Shelter”), Richard Edlund (“Star Warsepisodes IV, V, and VI), and Francis Kenny (“Justified”). Never has the honor gone to a woman — until this year.... Read more »
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Every frame is full-bodied and potent and robust. Its so exciting because its so rare. Young is up against the cinematographers for La La Land, Lion, Moonlight and Science for the Oscar. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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