Feature Films

Good Tidings From Kodak, and a Happy New Year

Published on website: December 20, 2013
Categories: Andrew Evenski , Feature Films , Industry , The StoryBoard Blog

The end of the year brings great films to the big screen. It has become one of the best times to go to the theater, and not just because it is too cold to do anything else. The studios release many of the films that will compete for Oscars®.

A number of the movies releasing this winter were made on Kodak film. We take great pride in continuing to partner with some of the world’s most talented filmmakers. Like you, we look forward to seeing their creations on the big screen. A sampling of the list includes:

Appalachian Drama Little Accidents Captured on Kodak Film

Published on website: November 08, 2013
Categories: 2-Perf , 35mm , Feature Films , The StoryBoard Blog

In a small American coal town, the disappearance of a boy draws a young miner, the lonely wife of a mine executive and a local 14-year-old together in a web of secrets.

 Film Shines Brightly at Cinemas in August

Published on website: August 19, 2013
Categories: Feature Films , Summer Blockbusters , The StoryBoard Blog

A wide variety of movies made on Kodak film are heating up the late summer box-office – from a unique view of U.S. history through the eyes of a White House servant, to the adventures of a teenager who is a half-angel warrior forced to protect the world from demons. The fun of summer doesn’t have to end just yet, and the following films should help keep the good vibrations going.

Blue Jasmine:Woody Allen’s latest film follows New York socialite Jasmine (played by Cate Blanchett) who heads to San Francisco to live with her sister after everything in her life falls to pieces. Allen and Javier Aguirresarobe, AEC, ASC knew celluloid was the right choice for the story. “The special texture of color provided by Kodak emulsions is important to me, especially for skin tones and faithful reproduction of the true colors of the scene we are shooting,” explains Aguirresarobe. “Blue Jasmine went to the DI process with such a base of color and thickness that we could gain access to the definitive tones very quickly. The negative provides an enormous flexibility at the color correction stage, and it provides a wonderful image texture.” (In theaters now) Read more in this InCamera article: Aguirresarobe Reteams with Allen for Blue Jasmine  

Fiore Follows the Sun to Puerto Rico for Runner, Runner

Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in Runner, Runner (Scott Garfield, © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

In Runner, Runner, Justin Timberlake plays Richie, a needy, ambitious grad student who pays off his college tuition bills with money he wins gambling. When he thinks he has the system figured out, he risks it all at an unregulated offshore gambling website — and loses. He decides he must confront the entrepreneur who cheated him, and that man, played by Ben Affleck, offers him a job. It seems like a dream gig, but eventually the party turns ominous. He realizes too late that he is so far in that he might not be able to get out.

Mauro Fiore, ASC and director Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Take) turned their cameras on this story in Puerto Rico, which stood in for Costa Rica because it was a U.S. territory and offered more of an infrastructure for filmmaking. In 2009, Fiore won an OSCAR® for his work on Avatar, and his other feature credits include Real Steel, The A-Team, Smokin’ Aces, The Island, Tears of the Sun, and Training Day.

Stuart Dryburgh Frames WWII Vignette in Emperor

Matthew Fox and Eriko Hatsune. (Photos by Kirsty Griffin ©2013 Roadside Attractions. All rights reserved.)

At the end of World War II, General Douglas MacArthur made a difficult decision to spare the life of Japanese Emperor Hirohito. That is the historical setting of Emperor, a new feature film directed by Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and photographed by Stuart Dryburgh, NCZS, ASC (The Piano, Aeon Flux, Amelia).

Of equal importance in the film is the smaller, human story of General Bonner Fellers, the man MacArthur assigns to investigate the matter, and Fellers’ relationship with Aya Shimada, a Japanese woman he met years earlier. Fellers eventually risks his career in his search for Aya. Matthew Fox plays Fellers, and Eriko Hatsune is Aya. Tommy Lee Jones is entertainingly gruff as MacArthur.