Celebrating the Art of Cinematography: Camerimage

Published on website: November 15, 2013
Categories: Camerimage , The StoryBoard Blog

The 21st edition of Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, kicks off this week in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The festival, which runs November 16-23, draws cinematographers, directors, producers and students from around the world to celebrate the compelling visual images being created by today’s filmmakers. With a full line up of competition screenings, retrospectives and individual honors, the attention will be focused on the makers of the images this week.

This year’s festival opens with a screening of Saving Mr. Banks, photographed by John Schwartzman, ASC on Kodak film. Schwartzman and director John Lee Hancock chose to shoot the Disney film in 35mm anamorphic format.

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John Schwartzman, ASC holds a light meter up to Jason Schwartzman on the set of “Saving Mr. Banks.” Photo by: François Duhamel. ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“Anamorphic is a beautiful way to shoot,” says Schwartzman. “When Gordon Willis (ASC) did The Paper Chase, he said that anamorphic is a very intimate format, and I’m a big believer in that. I don’t think it’s necessarily just a landscape format. I think it’s an actor’s format. You can shoot two actors in a medium close-up in the same frame, which you can’t do in 1.85. In the anamorphic frame, you can let things play – you don’t need to cut as much. It allows you to move the camera in a way that doesn’t force you into as much cutting coverage. You can develop really interesting moving masters that cover things in a very cinematic way. If it were up to me, I would shoot everything on 35mm anamorphic film.”

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Sean Bobbitt, BSC and Steve McQueen on the set of “12 Years a Slave".   All Rights Reserved

On November 21, Kodak is hosting back-to-back conversations with renowned cinematographers Sean Bobbitt, BSC and Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC at 7:00 (CMT) in the Opera Nova, first floor seminar room. Both Bobbitt and Delbonnel have films competing in the main competition: Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, respectively. Each discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

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Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC

Slawomir Idziak, PSC will be the recipient of the Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Idziak’s impressive list of credits include Black Hawk Down, for which he recieved an Oscar® nomination, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Proof of Life, I Want You and Gattaca, among others.

Honorees at this year’s festival include long-time collaborators Marc Forster and Roberto Schaefer, AIC, ASC who will receive the Festival's Cinematographer-Director Duo Award, honoring their creativity, passion, and teamwork. The duo have made eight diverse, award-winning movies –all on film— including Everything Put Together, Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Stay, Stranger Than Fiction, The Kite Runner, Machine Gun Preacher and Quantum of Solace.

“Camerimage is a wonderful opportunity for the cinematography community to share ideas and philosophies, as well as celebrate the art itself,” says Andrew Evenski, president of Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging business. “We are proud to be part of the 20-plus year history of this unique festival.”

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Director Marc Forster (center top) with cinematographer Roberto Schaefer, ASC (center bottom) and crew on the set of Quantum of Solace. Quantum of Solace © 2008 Danjaq, LLC, United Artists Corporation, Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. (photo taken by Karen Ballard)

For updates on what is happening at the festival, follow Kodak on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about the festival, visit http://www.camerimage.pl.

(Panelists participation is subject to availability)