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.”
Since Amy Belling’s first film premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival, she has been both a producer and cinematographer. Belling finds an ease and a challenge in playing dual roles. On her most recent endeavor, the musical comedy Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, it was par for the course.
“My producer brain never shuts off completely,” she explains. “It can be a hindrance to the creative process of directing and cinematography, but on the flip side, being a producer, and having built the budget and negotiated most of the vendor deals, it can be a huge asset in troubleshooting.”
Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in "The Judge" a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Claire Folger. Copyright: © 2013 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Janusz Kaminski is a two-time OSCAR® winner who is best known for his many collaborations with Steven Spielberg, including Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Munich, War Horse and Lincoln. Kaminski’s credits also include such memorable films as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Jerry Maguire and How Do You Know.
When Kaminski chooses a project to shoot outside of his collaboration with Spielberg, he is selective. Recently, he brought his keen eye and gift for visual storytelling to The Judge, a feature film for director David Dobkin. The film opened the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.
Tizita Hagere Photo by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
On and off for eight years, director Zeresenay Mehari worked to make Difret, his narrative feature debut, a reality. A graduate of University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Mehari’s script depicted a bright, 14-year-old girl who is abducted into marriage, an ancient tradition that is not uncommon in Mehari’s native land of Ethiopia. In the story, the girl fights against this injustice, shooting her would-be husband in the struggle. A tenacious lawyer from the city defends the girl, who is caught between the civil laws and old traditions. After a couple of false starts, he found financing for the film. Angelina Jolie is among the executive producers.
Mehari connected with cinematographer Monika Lenczewska, a graduate of the American Film Institute whose credits include multiple lauded short films, numerous commercials, and the feature films B for Boy and Imperial Dreams. Lenczewska was impressed with the script, and when Mehari mentioned he wanted to shoot on 2-perf 35mm film, she officially signed on.
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