Ask A Filmmaker

Steve McQueen Shoots to Thrill

Published on website: August 28, 2015
Categories: Ask a Filmmaker , Focus On Film
(L-R) Sean Bobbit, BSC and Steve McQueen. (Credit: Jaap Buitendijk)

Though London-born writer-director Steve McQueen has been making movies for more than two decades (even longer if you count the Super 8 films he shot as a kid), his 2014 Best Picture OSCAR® win for 12 Years a Slave has quickly catapulted him to the top of Hollywood’s A-list. Yet McQueen remains steadfastly dedicated to continuing to carve out his very own niche as a filmmaker, with an eclectic resume of video art works, features, and even a new music video for Kanye West.

Here, McQueen talks about what attracts him to a project, how filmmaking is like golf, and why “it’s always film” when it comes to his preferred shooting format.

Ask a Filmmaker: David Dart, NFL Films - Answers

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David Dart, NFL Films staff cinematographer

The questions are in and the answers are back! A big Thank You to NFL Films cinematographer Dave Dart for taking the time during playoffs to answer questions from our readers! You all came up with some great ones with topics including focus pulling, film stock preference, shooting style, and the romanticism of football on film.

There's a reason NFL Films has won over 100 Emmy® awards, and here's a sneak peak at how they do it!

Ask a Filmmaker: David Dart, NFL Films

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David Dart, NFL Films staff cinematographer

The 2013 football season is underway, and the crew at NFL Films is busy capturing all the leaping catches, goal line stands, pre-game pep talks, and sideline celebrations. Considered the gold standard of sports filmmaking, NFL Films strives to not just document the game, but to preserve it, and carry on the legacy of all those who have helped make the game what it is today. And motion picture film is part of that legacy.

Since 1962, NFL Films has captured and archived over 100 million feet of 16mm film. Their productions were the first to use ground-level slow motion, shoot sports with 600mm lenses, and to incorporate reverse-angle replays. Can you imagine shooting the Super Bowl handheld with a 1,000-foot magazine and a 50-500mm anamorphic zoom lens? Ever wonder what it is like to capture the fast-moving, hard-hitting action of the NFL? Now is your chance to get full access with NFL Films cinematographer David Dart.

Ask A Filmmaker: Michael Goi, ASC - Answers

Published on website: November 16, 2012
Categories: 35mm , Ask a Filmmaker , Television , The StoryBoard Blog
Ask a Filmmaker - Michael Goi, ASC
Michael Goi, ASC

Thank you to Michael Goi, ASC for participating in our Ask A Filmmaker series and thank you all for the amazing questions!

In camera visual effects, lighting and exposure choices are just the beginning. Read on for all the great American Horror Story info!

Ask A Filmmaker: Michael Goi, ASC

Published on website: October 11, 2012
Categories: 35mm , Ask a Filmmaker , Television , The StoryBoard Blog
Ask a Filmmaker - Michael Slovis, ASC

Everyone is talking about FX’s American Horror Story. This wildly spooky, haunting series from creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk earned 17 Emmy® nominations in its debut season, including Outstanding Movie or Miniseries. Now, you can ask the questions that have been haunting you about how this show is produced.

Through Kodak’s “Ask a Filmmaker,” Michael Goi, ASC will tell you how he got that shot, and what creative decisions contributed to it. How do you light Rubber Man? How do you visually delineate different periods of time on the show? Now is your chance to go behind-the-scenes of AHS with its Emmy®- nominated cinematographer.