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Pfister and Hall Go Above and Beyond in Transcendence

Director WALLY PFISTER on the set of Alcon Entertainment's sci-fi thriller “TRANSCENDENCE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Peter Mountain.

Oscar®-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister is making his directorial debut with Transcendence. The film follows Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, who is working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. Anti-technology extremists attempt to destroy Will but instead become the catalyst for him to succeed, and be a participant in his own transcendence.

“Imagine your brain suddenly being able to connect to the Internet, to have access to every bit of information there—financial, medical, political…” remarks Pfister. “What would you do with that kind of knowledge, that kind of ultimate power? Would you use it for the greater good, or your own gain, or something else entirely? This film gives moviegoers a chance to see the possibilities and wonder if it’s a choice they’ll ever have to face.”

Epic Noah Reunites Darren Aronofsky and Matthew Libatique

Russell Crowe stars as Noah (Photo: by Niko Tavernise Courtesy of Paramount Pictures)

The Biblical story of Noah and the Ark is brought to the big screen by director Darren Aronofsky and cinematographer Matthew Libatique, ASC. The filmmaking duo previously collaborated on Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain and Black Swan.

Russell Crowe stars as Noah, the man chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission of rescue before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world. Shot on location in Iceland and New York, as well as a few other locales, Libatique shares his approach to capturing Aronofsky’s creative vision in this month’s American Cinematographer. The two chose KODAK VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219, 250D 5207, and KODAK VISION2 100T 5212.

Why Film was the Right Storytelling Choice for 12 Years a Slave

Published on website: February 26, 2014
Categories: The StoryBoard Blog
Sean Bobbitt, BSC on the set of 12 Years a Slave (Photo By Jaap Buitendijk)

With nine Oscar® nominations, two BAFTA wins, and a multitude of national and international praise, 12 Years a Slave stands out as one of 2013’s most memorable films. Director Steve McQueen and Sean Bobbitt, BSC felt film was an obvious choice for telling such a powerful story.

Sean Bobbitt, BSC on the set of 12 Years a Slave (Photo By Francois Duhamel)

“It was about 15 seconds of discussion between Steve and me,” says Bobbitt. “It was a no-brainer. I mean, we wanted this to look like an epic film.”

Sci-Tech Awards Honors Labs

Published on website: February 18, 2014
Categories: Awards , Lab and Post Production , The StoryBoard Blog

Oscar-nominated writer-director Christopher Nolan accepted the Merit Award on behalf of "all those who built and operated film laboratories, for over a century of service to the motion picture industry" at the Sci-Tech Awards, which handed out February 15. The award was given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to all those who have built and operated film laboratories, for over a century of service to the motion picture industry.

Kodak congratulates all of the motion picture film laboratories around the world! This recognition highlights the incredible contributions that the labs have made and continue to make to the art of story telling. We are proud to collaborate with this vital part of the industry.

Ask a Filmmaker: David Dart, NFL Films - Answers

David Dart, NFL Films staff cinematographer

The questions are in and the answers are back! A big Thank You to NFL Films cinematographer Dave Dart for taking the time during playoffs to answer questions from our readers! You all came up with some great ones with topics including focus pulling, film stock preference, shooting style, and the romanticism of football on film.

There's a reason NFL Films has won over 100 Emmy® awards, and here's a sneak peak at how they do it!