Sarkies on location with Fitzgerald in the Catlins (Photos: Matt Grace, ©Tent Pole Films Ltd.)
The New Zealand film Two Little Boys is an irreverent comedy that follows the riotous adventures of Nige (Bret McKenzie, Flight of the Conchords) and Deano (Hamish Blake, Hamish and Andy) as they struggle with their imploding long-term friendship. The relationship has been put under pressure by an unfortunate incident involving a hot meat pie, a ginger cat, and the untimely death of a Scandinavian soccer star.
Cinematographer Jac Fitzgerald (After the Waterfall) shot Two Little Boys using the new AATON PENELOPE camera in 2-perf mode. It was shot in Invercargill and the Catlins coast at the southernmost tip of New Zealand’s South Island in January and February 2011.
A scene with Clare Bowen and Barlow Jacobs (Photo: Rob Hauer)
As far as Jared Moshé is concerned, the western is at the core of American storytelling. “I think the western is the myth of America — we need more of them.
So for his directorial debut, Dead Man’s Burden, the award-winning producer created a story that depicts the harsh realities of Western life, both in his self-penned story, as well as in the spectacular beauty of the landscapes, as filmed by cinematographer Robert Hauer. “I wanted to capture the dichotomy inherent in the land,” Moshé explains. “The land represented a blank canvas where you could re-create your life. But it’s also a giant moat that isolated people. It needed to be so beautiful that someone loved it so much they would be willing to die for it, but desolate and isolating enough that somebody would be willing to kill to leave it.
Little Birds - Photo credit Justin Colt
Reed Morano lent her eye to the critically acclaimed feature film Little Birds, which opened this week in New York City at the Angelika Film Center.
Little Birds is the story of a teenage girl who yearns to escape her staid, stagnant life in the remote and barren Salton Sea region of Southern California. She convinces her friend to venture into the exciting world beckoning from Los Angeles. Along the way they learn some hard lessons and test their friendship.
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.
Scene from I'm Yours
in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
The 35mm 2-perf format is gaining popularity with low budget features due to the inherent cost savings of using 50% less stock. The format gives you the many benefits of film and is a natural fit for widescreen projection.
I'm Yours is a romantic comedy about two lost souls on an illuminating road trip from Manhattan to the wilds of Northern Canada starring Rossif Sutherland and Karine Vanasse and was shot on Kodak VISION3 5212, 5217 and 5219 in 2-Perf. In their own words, Director Leonard Farlinger and Cinematopgraher Jonathon Cliff share why it was the right format for their story.