David Dart, NFL Films staff cinematographer
The 2013 football season is underway, and the crew at NFL Films is busy capturing all the leaping catches, goal line stands, pre-game pep talks, and sideline celebrations. Considered the gold standard of sports filmmaking, NFL Films strives to not just document the game, but to preserve it, and carry on the legacy of all those who have helped make the game what it is today. And motion picture film is part of that legacy.
Since 1962, NFL Films has captured and archived over 100 million feet of 16mm film. Their productions were the first to use ground-level slow motion, shoot sports with 600mm lenses, and to incorporate reverse-angle replays. Can you imagine shooting the Super Bowl handheld with a 1,000-foot magazine and a 50-500mm anamorphic zoom lens? Ever wonder what it is like to capture the fast-moving, hard-hitting action of the NFL? Now is your chance to get full access with NFL Films cinematographer David Dart.
A recent campaign to reinstate Super 16mm film for broadcast in Europe has resulted in victory with all major UK broadcasters agreeing to accept programs originated on the format.
“This is an exciting resolution for filmmakers, who now have complete freedom to choose the right aesthetic format for telling their stories,” notes Andrew Evenski, president and GM of Kodak’s Entertainment & Commercial Films division. “Storytellers understand the power of 16mm film, and can take full advantage of the beauty, flexibility and budget-friendly benefits that this format offers.”
Abby Wambach stars in “Abby for Apples.”
Soccer star Abby Wambach was “homegrown in New York State, just like New York apples,” exactly what the New York Apple Association was looking for when choosing a spokesperson. Wambach, the greatest goal scorer in international soccer history, is currently leading a multi-platform campaign for the trade association that includes commercials, radio spots, print ads, and point-of-purchase displays. The 30-second television spot, “Abby for Apples,” is headlining the campaign.
The commercial features Wambach and a group of children enjoying apples and soccer in an orchard located in Upstate New York. When director Ray Manard took on the project, he knew very early on that he wanted to use film for the spot. “The shoot was all outside, so weather was obviously going to be an unpredictable factor,” explains Manard. “Based on the schedule, we knew there would definitely be some high-contrast sun situations to deal with, and film, absolutely, would be able to handle that, the way only film can.”
With more than 45 seasons and more than 100 Emmy® awards under their belts, NFL Films rolls camera on a new season of touchdowns, goal-line stands, and all the other thrilling moments that entrance football fans.
16mm KODAK VISION3 Color Negative Film will be running through their cameras tonight for NFL Films' trademark cinematic shots that put you in the stadium and on the field. They will be shooting 32 and 48 frames per second, and when the game clock runs out the footage will be sent back to One Sabol Way in New Jersey for processing and review. For the seventeen weeks of the regular season and beyond, t
Behind the scenes on Doc Martin. (Photos by Rob Ebdon.)
The popular UK television dramedy Doc Martin is back for its sixth season. The show follows a doctor, played by Martin Clunes, who after developing a crippling fear of blood, retrains as a GP. He moves to a quirky seaside town, where he opens a practice and quickly offends the locals with his poor bedside manner.
Doc Martin is filmed on location in the village of Port Isaac in Cornwall, England, where “apparently the sun always shines,” jokes the show’s director of photography Simon Archer, BSC. The cinematographer, who took over for Chris Howard, BSC after season 3, uses a full range of 16mm stocks on the series.