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Foxcatcher Seizes the Complexity of a True Story on Film

Published on website: November 13, 2014
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Steve Carell and Channing Tatum star in Foxcatcher. Photo by Scott Garfield, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

Based on true events, Foxcatcher is a rich and moving story of brotherly love, misguided loyalty, and the emotional bankruptcy that can accompany great wealth and power. Bennett Miller, director of Capote and Moneyball, spent years researching this complex story. His fourth turn at the helm has already garnered a Best Director Award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Miller’s commitment to conveying the gravity and intricacy of the story led him to director of photography Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS (Snow White and the Huntsman, Killing Them Softly, Let Me In).

The story follows Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), who is struggling in obscurity and poverty in Wisconsin when he is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to his lavish estate to form a team and to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Schultz seizes the opportunity, eager to step out of the shadow of his revered older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), a prominent wrestling coach and Gold Medal winner himself.

Important Changes to Motion Picture Film Distribution and Customer Service

Published on website: October 21, 2014
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Kodak is in the midst of optimizing its motion picture film distribution by moving to a direct ship model, serving customers from our manufacturing facility in Rochester. As such, today we are announcing some changes in the way we distribute our motion picture products and provide customer service within the United States.

Effective Monday November 3, 2014: Reflective of our newly centralized service and support model, normal customer service telephone hours will now be Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5pm Eastern Time.

The Look of Fear

Published on website: October 20, 2014
Categories: Focus On Film , The StoryBoard Blog
Walkers - The Walking Dead Season 5, Episode 1 - Photo: Gene Page © AMC Film Holdings LLC.

We’re entering that haunted time of year, and trust us, it’s spooky out there. Both on television and in theaters, productions are being sharpened to shock and unsettle viewers. As part of their horror formula, American Horror Story, Dracula Untold, and The Walking Deadall use film to get the mood just right.

“On our show, we focus on the quality of the look,” says Tom Luse, producer of The Walking Dead. “We can shoot a zombie in bright daylight on film and it looks amazing. We also find that shooting 16mm is extremely quick. We have the flexibility to move our cameras and adjust very quickly under extreme situations in terms of heat, humidity and pretty hard physical situations.”

Dracula Untold - A Gothic Tale Gets a New Twist from John Schwartzman, ASC

Published on website: October 10, 2014
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John Schwartzman, ASC on the set of Dracula Untold (Photo: Jasin Boland © Universal Pictures)

Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold reveals the origins of Bram Stoker’s infamous vampire Dracula. Starring Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6, The Hobbit series) as Vlad the Impaler, audiences learn the catalyst behind his transformation into the all-powerful creature of the night.

Kill the Messenger Captures the Recent Past

Published on website: October 09, 2014
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(l-r) Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta work out a scene for the dramatic thriller KILL THE MESSENGER, a Focus Features release. (Credit: Chuck Zlotnick / Focus Features)

Director Michael Cuesta (Tell Tale, Roadie) and director of photography Sean Bobbitt, BSC (12 Years a Slave) aimed to shoot things right with Kill the Messenger, a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.

In the 1990s, Webb (played by Jeremy Renner) searched from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., for the hidden truth behind a complex, international drug smuggling network. His investigative reporting drew the kind of attention that threatened not just his career, but his family and his life.