With the 87th Oscars® around the corner and the culmination of the awards season at hand, we wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on the movies that chose KODAK Film to create the visuals that have captured audiences and critics worldwide.
Kodak is honored to have an extensive history with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Since their first ceremony was held in 1929, an overwhelming majority of Oscar®-winning movies have been created on Kodak film. We are also proud of the fact that all of the Best Picture winners at the Film Independent Spirit Awards have been shot on film.
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.”
On the set of "Thinking Out Loud" (Photo courtesy of Daniel Pearl, ASC
Emil Nava is a successful music video and commercials director whose instinct for stylish imagery is behind music videos for Jesse J, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora, as well as spots for MasterCard and L’Oréal. For his latest creation, the video for Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud,” Nava wanted a classic look, and he wanted to achieve it by shooting film. Behind the camera, he had a strong ally in Daniel Pearl, ASC.
“I found shooting film again to be fantastic,” says Pearl. “It was very freeing. I could move a lot faster. You don’t have to fiddle with quarter-of-a-stop or eighth-of-a-stop changes in light, because you know that there will be a final color grading.”
(r-l) Beck Bennett and Reid Scott
Actor and fine art photographer Chris Lowell was well aware that a young man struggling with the death of his parents could be considered a filmic trope, particularly in the low-budget realm of movies. So, for his feature film directing debut, Beside Still Waters, which won Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 Austin Film Festival, he sought to elevate it above the usual fare by shooting on KODAK Motion Picture Film, going so far as to have the aesthetic of celluloid imbue his main character in the ensemble comedy-drama with a sense of longing.
“Our protagonist is woefully nostalgic and stuck in the romanticism of the past, and it is holding him back,” Lowell explains. “Film was able to evoke those feelings for us.”
Paul McCartney’s newest music video, “Early Days,” may not be what you’d expect from the title – a nostalgic montage of The Beatles on American Bandstand or The Ed Sullivan Show. Rather, it is a throwback of sorts, a trip down memory lane of a different life, another musician’s experience. The video was directed by Vince Haycock and shot by Evan Prosofsky.
As one of the world’s most successful composers and performers of all time, McCartney wanted a video that reflected the nostalgia he had for an older time as an aspiring musician with John Lennon. Haycock took inspiration in that to create a film about what he calls, "the spirit and inspiration young musicians find in each other, set amid the Mississippi Delta blues, a time period that heavily inspired the Beatles."