Writer/Director Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson star in Relativity Media´s "Don Jon". Photo credit: Daniel McFadden ©2013 Relativity Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
A good cinematographer knows when a lighter photographic touch better serves the story. Thomas Kloss felt that the independent film Don Jon was a textbook example.
“It’s not a high-budget action movie that’s being driven by photography,” he says. “This story is being told by actors, and the subject matter and the photography has to support that with a simple, straightforward approach and no overcomplicated bells and whistles.”
Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in Runner, Runner (Scott Garfield, © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)
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.
Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) engages in a fiery battle. Photo: Murray Close. © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
Percy Jackson is back on the big screen. Shelly Johnson, ASC captured this latest adventure on Kodak film. Don’t miss Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in theaters this weekend.
Shelly Johnson, ASC on the set. Photo: Murray Close.
Matthew Fox and Eriko Hatsune. (Photos by Kirsty Griffin ©2013 Roadside Attractions. All rights reserved.)
At the end of World War II, General Douglas MacArthur made a difficult decision to spare the life of Japanese Emperor Hirohito. That is the historical setting of Emperor, a new feature film directed by Peter Webber (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and photographed by Stuart Dryburgh, NCZS, ASC (The Piano, Aeon Flux, Amelia).
Of equal importance in the film is the smaller, human story of General Bonner Fellers, the man MacArthur assigns to investigate the matter, and Fellers’ relationship with Aya Shimada, a Japanese woman he met years earlier. Fellers eventually risks his career in his search for Aya. Matthew Fox plays Fellers, and Eriko Hatsune is Aya. Tommy Lee Jones is entertainingly gruff as MacArthur.
Scenes from the CADBURY Éclairs Rich Brownie spots (photos by: K.U. Mohanan)
CADBURY recently announced its new, premium melt-in-your-mouth candy, Éclairs Rich Brownie, with a new commercial. The new candy packs a lot of flavor with brownie and caramel combined with the company’s signature dairy milk chocolate at the center. It was decided early on that film was the right choice to showcase this luscious treat.
The commercial was photographed by cinematographer K.U. Mohanan, who started out in documentaries but has since shot many Bollywood films, including Miss Lovely, which was nominated for Un Certain Regard Award at the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival. Mohanan knew film would be able to capture the essence of that smooth, chocolaty creaminess.