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Insight: Tom Luse - on producing The Walking Dead in Super 16

Published on website: October 08, 2014
Categories: 16mm , Television , Focus On Film , VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219/7219
Tom Luse - The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 5 _ BTS - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Though he didn’t know it at the time, producer Tom Luse began preparing for a career in show business in college, when he was charged with the enviable task of popping the popcorn at an art house cinema in his hometown of Atlanta. “I liked movies, but it wasn’t something I had planned on going into,” explains the EMMY®-nominated producer. “But later, in graduate school, I had the opportunity to study film and ended up getting a degree in Communications.”

While these days it’s being an executive producer on The Walking Dead that keeps Luse busy (he’s been with the show since the very beginning), he has dabbled in a variety of job titles over the years. “I wanted to be a technician originally, and ended up working in the camera department as a grip,” Luse recalls. “I found that my skills were really in organizing things and thinking ahead, which eventually led me into location management, then into production management, and then into producing.” As he readied for the fifth season of The Walking Dead, Luse spoke with us about lighting a post-apocalyptic universe, the cost of time, and why zombies look better on film.

The Imitation Game: Óscar Faura Paints a Period Drama

(L-R) Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech star in The Imitation Game. (photo by Jack English)

Mathematician, cryptanalyst and computer science pioneer Alan Turing was tasked by British intelligence during World War II to break the Germans’ nearly impenetrable message coding system – the Enigma machine. His success enabled the Allies to turn the war tide, but tragedy befell Turing and he ultimately committed suicide at the age of 41.

The Weinstein Company brings Turing’s complex story to the screen in The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and featuring Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode. To capture the visuals, director Morten Tyldum selected Óscar Faura (The Orphanage, Anna) based on his photography of the 2012 Thailand tsunami tale The Impossible.

Kaminski Chooses Kodak for The Judge

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.

Allen and Khondji Work Like Magic

Published on website: July 24, 2014
Categories: Focus On Film
Emma Stone as Sophie Photo by Jack English © 2014 Gravier Productions, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Set in the 1920s on the opulent Riviera in the south of France, Woody Allen’s latest film MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT is a romantic comedy about a master magician (played Colin Firth) who is determined to expose a psychic medium (played by Emma Stone) as a fake.

To convey the romanticism of the 1920s and a look of natural enchantment, Allen reteamed with the distinguished cinematographer Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC. The two filmmakers previously collaborated on ANYTHING ELSE, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, and TO ROME WITH LOVE.

Creating an Edgy, Anti-Comedy Look for Tammy

Susan Sarandon and Melissa McCarthy in a scene from Tammy (Photo by Michael Tackett.)

When a sample film clip on screen drew a collective, audible gasp in the screening room, director of photography Russ Alsobrook, ASC knew he would be shooting the comedy Tammy on KODAK Film. The cinematographer and the film’s principals had been at Burbank-based lab/post house FotoKem during preproduction doing digital versus film origination comparisons.

“It’s like we’ve forgotten how great film looks when you see it in comparison,” Alsobrook remarks. “We looked at each other, and it was a done deal. There was no question we were going to shoot fi lm. It has a rich, creamy look to it that you just can’t get any other way.”