Colin Beaton in a scene from "The Whale"
Josh Spires, from the University of Texas, is the Americas Region Winner for the 2011 Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition.
Spires' film, The Whale, follows a young boy who lives in an ephemeral fantasy to try and escape the cycle of paternal abuse.
"Cinematography is all about storytelling. All the way, 100%. If telling a story is your one true goal as cinematographer, everything else will follow. The light and glass and stock one uses are only means to an end, which should be a story worth telling."
Scene from OPFER (Submerged)
Johannes Praus, from the University of Film & Television "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam, is the Europe-Africa-Middle East Region Winner for the 2011 Kodak Film School Cinematography Competition.
Submerged / Opfer Synopsis
Thomas has a new house, a grilfriend and a baby. He’s hosting a party for some friends. But then his girlfriend’s daughter brings her new boyfriend home. And he seems to be just the kind of guy this gated community was designed to be protected from.
Chris Sheffield as Simon in Clear Blue.(Photo by Katrina Marcinowski)
Clear Blue is an American Film Institute short film that tells the haunting story of Simon, who starts his first job at a community swimming pool. His morning shifts take an unexpected turn when he meets an old woman with a deep and dangerous secret. When Simon follows the old woman into the pool he makes a startling discovery. What follows is a tale of impossible love and its consequences.
The story was written and directed by Lindsay MacKay and photographed by Mattias Troelstrup. Other crucial members of the team were editor Rachael Katz and production designer Eun Kyung Nam. Clear Blue was produced by S. Brent Martin.
Scene from Those of the Water
Brendan Barnes, from AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium), is the winner of the 2011 Kodak Film School Cinematography Worldwide 35mm Competition.
Those of the Water, shot by Barnes, explores an ancient Xhosa belief of Abantu (The People of the Water) that come into question after a young boy washes up from the ocean.
Taking a dolly shot on the panther, Director of Cinematography Sung-Kuk Lee follows a man (Kwan-Jae Ko) from the back to take a tracking shot. (Credit: Courtesy of Hyung-Suk Lee)
Director Hyung-Suk Lee and director of cinematography Sung-Kuk Lee shot the short film Two Boys and a Sheep with funds from the Korean Film Council’s Production Support Program for Independent Films. For several reasons, the filmmakers chose to use 2-perf KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219, making it the first Korean production in that format.
“The film is about two diametrically-opposed lifestyles, homosexuality and heterosexuality,” explains Sung-Kuk. “We wanted to portray these lifestyles with the dramatic space they deserve, and this would be almost impossible in a digital format. Only 35mm film accurately conveys the emotions of the characters, and allows audiences not merely to see or hear the movie, but also to experience it.