Malcolm Ludgate, Director of Photography for Hidden Universe, filming a motion sequence in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Credit: Lisa Germany
Malcolm Ludgate, ACS has the resume of a modern day adventurer. His far-flung treks have literally taken him to the edges of the Earth. IMAX® fans have seen his work in epic nature projects like Antarctica, and Australia: Land Beyond Time. Shark lovers have likely viewed the predators through the DP’s eye in TV documentaries like The Fox and the Shark and Shark Tribe. This cameraman has also taken his lens into some of Australia’s most unusual and dangerous places.
Ludgate loves the challenges that come with shooting in some of the world’s most extreme places. So, it’s easy to see why he was chosen for Hidden Universe 3D.
Buddy Squires (Photo by Douglas Kirkland)
“Film handles the subtleties and range of natural light beautifully with a wonderfully smooth rendering of highlights and shadows. And the process is entirely simple and direct. Shots are composed looking through a high-quality optical viewfinder that shows color, contrast and the qualities of light exactly as they exist in nature without any electronic intermediary. There is a direct connection between one’s brain and an image coming through the lens and off of a mirror. For work that should last through the ages, I love film and I intend to keep shooting it for a long time.”
Buddy Squires is an Oscar®-nominated filmmaker and Emmy®-winning director of photography best known for his cinematography on the films of Ken Burns. Squires’ cinematography credits include seven Oscar®-nominated films with two Academy Award® winners. He has 10 Primetime Emmy® nominations to his name. In 2007, Squires was awarded the International Documentary Association’s Career Achievement Award. His credits include The Civil War, Jazz, The Central Park Five, The National Parks, Ethel, New York, The Donner Party, Ansel Adams, Mark Twain, Nanking, The War, Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Strangers No More, Baseball, Prohibition, The Dust Bowl, and the upcoming Salinger.
Photo Courtesy of Cem Doruk
Road to London is a visual poem that highlights the lyrical beauty of high-level gymnastics, and the fierce dedication required of an OLYMPIC athlete. Goksu Uctas started learning gymnastics at age 5, and at age 6, she moved to a city in western Turkey to continue. She spent years training twice a day, and endured a series of injuries, including a dislocated elbow and a painful neck hernia. Not to be deterred, Uctas persevered and became the first athlete in history to represent Turkey in the field of artistic gymnastics at the OLYMPICS. She competed at the 2012 OLYMPIC Games in London. Despite her heroic story, she is not especially well known in her country.
Director Efe Oztezdogan enlisted cinematographer Meryem Yavuz to help document Uctas’s training regimen. Yavuz studied at the Turkish National Film School, and has shot several features and more than 50 short films over the past seven years. She has also worked as a loader and electrician on bigger international co-productions.
Jerry Risuis & director Amy Nicholson on location for "Zipper". © Myrtle & Olive Productions
Please introduce yourself to our readers. What's your background? How did you get into filmmaking?
I’ve worked in advertising for 15 years. I had started freelancing in 2001 when a friend of mine recommended I take a film class at NYU. Cut to: me in a room full of 19-year-olds feeling really, really old. But a few of the students convinced me to take the next class where we had to make an actual short, and I made a little film called Beauty School about dog groomers in training. The night it screened at Hot Docs to 250 people and they all laughed, I was hooked.
You recently completed Zipper, a documentary about Coney Island's future. Tell us about the film and how you became involved in the project.
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The film I made after Beauty School was called Muskrat Lovely. It was a feature doc about a small community on the Chesapeake Bay where they have a pageant at a muskrat skinning championship. (Yes, I can say that with a straight face.) It premiered at the Hamptons and was broadcast on Independent Lens, but I got a little burnt out working full time and making it on the side. So I went to visit my professor - from that first film class - and he suggested I do something local for my next project. Zipper was born after I read about the ride leaving Coney Island in the Post just riding the subway one day. I had no idea it would become such a big project. Even while I was shooting, I didn’t really completely understand what was happening. I just got obsessed and determined to put the story together.