Summer Blockbusters

Film Part of the Mission: Impossible Dream Team

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATION Left to right: Tom Cruise plays Ethan Hunt and Jeremy Renner plays William Brandt in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions Photo credit: David James © 2015 PARAMOUNT PICTURES. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, facing his most blisteringly impossible mission yet, in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, the fifth installment in the constantly accelerating action-thriller series. The film is directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Edge of Tomorrow, Jack Reacher, The Usual Suspects), with Oscar®-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit, ASC behind the camera (There Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice) and story by McQuarrie and Drew Pearce. Cruise and J.J. Abrams also worked on the film as producers.

The story kicks off with Hunt uncovering the unwelcome reality that a rogue nation called The Syndicate is not only real, but a ticking time bomb about to detonate worldwide if he doesn’t act. The CIA doesn’t buy it, and Hunt’s own team is under threat. Every quality that has made him indispensable is tested as he faces the ultimate nemesis: his ability to move deliberately in heart-stopping circumstances, his finesse travelling glamorous global locales, and his desire to see evil punished and good prevail.

 Film Shines Brightly at Cinemas in August

Published on website: August 19, 2013
Categories: Feature Films , Summer Blockbusters , The StoryBoard Blog

A wide variety of movies made on Kodak film are heating up the late summer box-office – from a unique view of U.S. history through the eyes of a White House servant, to the adventures of a teenager who is a half-angel warrior forced to protect the world from demons. The fun of summer doesn’t have to end just yet, and the following films should help keep the good vibrations going.

Blue Jasmine:Woody Allen’s latest film follows New York socialite Jasmine (played by Cate Blanchett) who heads to San Francisco to live with her sister after everything in her life falls to pieces. Allen and Javier Aguirresarobe, AEC, ASC knew celluloid was the right choice for the story. “The special texture of color provided by Kodak emulsions is important to me, especially for skin tones and faithful reproduction of the true colors of the scene we are shooting,” explains Aguirresarobe. “Blue Jasmine went to the DI process with such a base of color and thickness that we could gain access to the definitive tones very quickly. The negative provides an enormous flexibility at the color correction stage, and it provides a wonderful image texture.” (In theaters now) Read more in this InCamera article: Aguirresarobe Reteams with Allen for Blue Jasmine  

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Shot on Film

Published on website: August 15, 2013
Categories: 35mm , Summer Blockbusters , The StoryBoard Blog
Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) engages in a fiery battle. Photo: Murray Close. © 2013 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

Percy Jackson is back on the big screen. Shelly Johnson, ASC captured this latest adventure on Kodak film. Don’t miss Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in theaters this weekend.

Shelly Johnson, ASC on the set. Photo: Murray Close.


Red 2: High-Octane Action Caught on Film

Published on website: July 17, 2013
Categories: Feature Films , Summer Blockbusters , The StoryBoard Blog
HELEN MIRREN stars in RED 2 Photo: Frank Masi, SMPSP © 2013 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved.

In RED 2, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (played by Bruce Willis) reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing, next-generation lethal device that can change the balance of world power. Enrique Chediak, ASC chose Kodak film to capture all the action and hijinks of this motley crew.

Red 2 storms into theaters July 19. Check out some stills and the high-octane action-comedy trailer!

Bazelli Conceives a Unique Look for The Lone Ranger

Published on website: July 08, 2013
Categories: 65mm , Summer Blockbusters , The StoryBoard Blog
Still of Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger. Photo by Peter Mountain – © 2013 - Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Jerry Bruckheimer Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The Lone Ranger debuted on the radio in 1933. Soon afterwards, Republic Pictures brought the character to the big screen in serial form. Some 63 after his television debut, the Masked Man still lives in reruns.

Now, Bojan Bazelli, ASC and Gore Verbinski have brought The Lone Ranger back to theaters. The feature film promises to echo the mix of top-flight, large scale action and fun, irreverent dialog that Verbinski perfected in the Pirates of the Caribbean films. In the new film, The Lone Ranger, played by Armie Hammer, often plays the straight man, while Johnny Depp’s Tonto delivers the memorable quips.