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:

holiday_movie_preview_2013-August_Osage.jpgDirector John Wells’ August: Osage County is in theaters Christmas Day. He and DP Adriano Goldman chose Kodak film for the story. “We had a lot of conversations about how to get a naturalistic look to the lighting and the brightness of the exteriors,” says Wells. Read more from our Q&A with John Wells.
holiday_movie_preview_2013-Walter_Mitty.jpgThe Secret Life of Walter Mitty tells the story of a daydreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies. This adventure is directed by, and stars, Ben Stiller, with all the action caught on Kodak film by Stuart Dryburgh, ASC. You can catch it in theaters on Christmas Day.
holiday_movie_preview_2013-Out_of_the_Furnace.jpgDirector Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) and cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi chose to film the crime-thriller Out of the Furnace in anamorphic 35mm. Catch the drama in theaters now.
holiday_movie_preview_2013-saving-mr-banks-poster.jpgJohn Lee Hancock and John Schwartzman, ASC chose the 35mm anamorphic format for Saving Mr. Banks, which is  based on the fraught, real-life relationship between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the novelist who wrote the source material for what became Mary Poppins. The film is in theaters now. Read more: Saving Mr. Banks Recalls Disney’s Golden Age
holiday_movie_preview_2013-Wolf_of_Wall_Street.jpgMartin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street was photographed primarily on Kodak film by Rodrigo Prieto, ASC.  The film is based on the bestselling book about the rise-and-fall life of Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) during the 1990s. You can see it in theaters on December 25th.
holiday_movie_preview_2013-inside_llewyn_davis_.jpgThe Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis was beautifully photographed by Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC. The film follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. The film opened in theaters earlier this month.
holiday_movie_preview_2013-mandela_long_walk_to_freedom.jpgLol Crawley, BSC worked with director Justin Chadwick on Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, chronicling the late Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. This is currently at cinemas.
holiday_movie_preview_2013-catching-fire.jpgFrancis Lawrence tapped Jo Willems, SBC to bring the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire to the big screen. Willems says that the filmmakers’ number one goal was to tell the story from a human perspective, with a timeless look that was neither too gritty nor too polished. You can see this in theaters now.

 Watching movies are a tradition for many over the holiday season, including my own family. Every year, we all gather to watch White Christmas. You can’t beat Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in an old song-and-dance classic, and enjoying it together as a family makes it all the more special. 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday, and happy movie going!

Andy Evenski
President and General Manager
Kodak Entertainment Imaging