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.”
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.
(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.
Andrew Evenski, president and general manager of Kodak’s Entertainment and Commercial Films Group, presents Michael Goi, ASC, ISC with the Kodak Cinematography Mentor of the Year Award.
The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) recently hosted the 2014 edition of the Emerging Cinematographer Awards (ECA) in Los Angeles. Kodak was proud to take part as a founding sponsor and supporter of the ECAs since their inception 18 years ago.
This year, 10 short films were selected from almost 90 submissions. The ICG’s special awards included the presentation of the Kodak Cinematography Mentor of the Year Award to Michael Goi, ASC, ISC. Also honored were John Bailey, ASC as the cinematography journalist of the year, and Judy Irola, ASC for excellence in cinematography education.
Kolja Brandt filming Hector and the Search for Happiness (photo by Ed Araquel)
It’s almost fall and that means it’s time for awards season to shift into high gear. Kicking things off is the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This year, a total of 285 features will be screened, representing films from 70 countries. With its global appeal, TIFF remains a highly charged event for filmmakers to generate critical buzz about their work and garner accolades along the way.
We’d like to congratulate all the filmmakers whose work has been chosen to screen at the festival. We are, once again, honored that many of the features were shot on KODAK Film. Here’s a glimpse at a few: