Director Gavin O'Connor and Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS
In Jane Got a Gun, a woman must turn to her former fiancé for help in defending her new family. The film, which stars Natalie Portman and Ewan MacGregor, gave Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS an opportunity to work in the Western genre, something many cinematographers dream of doing.
“There’s something unique and iconic about cowboys riding horses across the landscape, or tracking low angle on people confronting each other in a cowboy hat with a couple of guns,” she says. “I think all DPs would love to tackle the genre at some stage.”
(r-l) Beck Bennett and Reid Scott
Actor and fine art photographer Chris Lowell was well aware that a young man struggling with the death of his parents could be considered a filmic trope, particularly in the low-budget realm of movies. So, for his feature film directing debut, Beside Still Waters, which won Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Austin Film Festival, he sought to elevate it above the usual fare by shooting on KODAK Motion Picture Film, going so far as to have the aesthetic of celluloid imbue his main character in the ensemble comedy-drama with a sense of longing.
“Our protagonist is woefully nostalgic and stuck in the romanticism of the past, and it is holding him back,” Lowell explains. “Film was able to evoke those feelings for us.”
JAEDEN LIEBERHER and BILL MURRAY star in ST. VINCENT© 2014 The Weinstein Company. All Rights Reserved. / Photo: Atsushi Nishijima
Among his many iconic credits as a cinematographer, John Lindley, ASC counts memorable films like Father of the Bride, Mr. Brooks, Pleasantville, You’ve Got Mail, Sleeping with the Enemy, and Field of Dreams in his repertoire. His most recent endeavor is St. Vincent, in which Bill Murray plays a gone-to-seed war veteran who has an influence on a young boy who lives next door. That influence is unwelcome to the boy’s recently divorced parents.
There’s comedy in that conflict, and eventually, an unlikely friendship develops. The cast also includes Melissa McCarthy.
(L-R) Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech star in The Imitation Game. (photo by Jack English)
Mathematician, cryptanalyst and computer science pioneer Alan Turing was tasked by British intelligence during World War II to break the Germans’ nearly impenetrable message coding system – the Enigma machine. His success enabled the Allies to turn the war tide, but tragedy befell Turing and he ultimately committed suicide at the age of 41.
The Weinstein Company brings Turing’s complex story to the screen in The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and featuring Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode. To capture the visuals, director Morten Tyldum selected Óscar Faura (The Orphanage, Anna) based on his photography of the 2012 Thailand tsunami tale The Impossible.
On the set of Snowpiercer
The Los Angeles Film Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, staring on June 11 with screenings of over 200 films programmed to entertain. Produced by Film Independent, the fest revels in showcasing independent and international cinema – from narrative films of all genres, to short films and international fare. This year, sections of the LAFF showcase upcoming independent movies releasing this summer as well as community screenings for the public and a look at daring, unique storytelling by some of today’s emerging filmmakers.
Snowpiercer opens the festival, making it the English-language debut of writer-director Boon Jo-Hong. This sci-fi fantasy stars Chris Evans and Tilda Swinton who live in a world covered in ice after an attempt to stop global warming fails. Survivors live on a supertrain circling what’s left of Earth. Inside, the poorest live in pathetic conditions, while the rich live in luxury, until one of the oppressed decides to change the state of affairs.