The Hunger Games is a sci-fi phenomenon set in a dystopian society that pits adolescent boys and girls in a battle to the death. Praised for its literary approach to plot and character, the tale was first brought to the screen by director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) and cinematographer Tom Stern, ASC, AFC.
Now, the second book in the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has been translated for cinema. This time, the director is Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants, I Am Legend) and the cinematographer is Jo Willems, SBC, whose credits include the features Limitless and Hard Candy, television pilots like Touch and Awake, and many music videos for top artists such as Prince and Justin Timberlake.
In choosing to recreate Oldboy for Western audiences, Spike Lee made a bold move. The original movie, based on a Japanese graphic novel, won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and earned a passionate fan base. Lee completely reimagined the story, casting Josh Brolin as Joe Doucett, a man who is released after 20 years of solitary confinement with no explanation. Thirsty for vengeance, he discovers that he has only five days to uncover his tormenters. The cast also includes Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson.
Oldboy was filmed in a variety of atmospheric locations in New Orleans, Louisiana. The mostly local camera crew was led by Sean Bobbitt, BSC. The Texas-born cinematographer has been on a roll, with The Place Beyond the Pines, 12 Years a Slave, Shame, and Hunger among his recent credits. The latter three of those movies were done with director Steve McQueen. All were shot on film.
Audiences will get their first look at Felony, a psychological thriller about guilt, conscience, punishment and forgiveness, at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. At the heart of the story is a moral dilemma. The central character is a detective, who after a few celebratory beers with pals, hits a boy with his car on the way home. He impulsively lies to the emergency operator and to law enforcement when they arrive. A friend tries to help him cover his tracks, but another detective isn’t quite buying their story. The ensuing three-way psychological struggle unfolds over the course of three intense days.
“I couldn’t dismiss (the detective’s) actions as simply being ‘wrong’ because I understood he was trying to protect his own family,” says director Matthew Saville. “In this film, nobody wears a white hat or a black hat, and if they're wearing a halo, it's a crooked halo – and I just think that's a closer reflection of life. It’s very honest.”
Director Harald Zwart tapped cinematographer Geir Hartly Andreassen, FSF to help bring City of Bones, the first book in author Cassandra Clare’s bestselling series “The Mortal Instruments,” to the big screen.
Aimed at young adults, this urban-fantasy series centers around a teenage girl named Clary Fray who discovers that she is a Shadowhunter, which is a human-angel hybrid. Set in contemporary New York, City of Bones follows Clary (played by Lily Collins) as she joins forces with a group of Shadowhunters in search of her missing mother (Lena Headey). Clary is introduced to a dangerous and different New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures.
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.
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