Happy 50th Birthday Super 8!
We’re celebrating a very special birthday this year – Super 8 is turning 50!
Entourage, the HBO series about a crew of young, working class New Yorkers and their adventures in Hollywood, finished its strong eight-year run in 2011 with a total of 26 Emmy® nominations and numerous wins. Rumors of a feature film began swirling even before the series finale, and by early 2014, with the support of executive producer Mark Wahlberg, cameras rolled. The feature film depicts Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) as he makes his feature directorial debut, and includes the principal cast members reprising their roles, as well as a star-studded list of celebrities making cameo appearances.
The project reunites director/creator Doug Ellin and cinematographer Steven Fierberg, ASC. Fierberg (The Affair, Secretary, Love and Other Drugs) shot the first 25 episodes of the show, setting a distinctive look that was built around the ensemble nature of most scenes, subtly underscoring a blend of comedy and drama that audiences loved.
Carol , directed by Todd Haynes with Ed Lachman, ASC taking on cinematography duties, is in competition for the coveted Palme d’Or award. The story takes place in New York in the 1950s where Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara), an employee in a Manhattan department store, develops a relationship with Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett), a woman trapped in a failing marriage. Carol is one of IndieWire’s 10 Cannes Movies they are “Most Excited to See.” The combination of Haynes storytelling and directing mojo with actresses, along with Lachman’s artistic visuals, should make this a must-see when it hits theaters.
Son of Saul , also competing for the Palme d’Or, follows Saul Ausländer, a Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz who is forced to assist Nazis in their extermination efforts. Saul discovers a corpse he believes to be his son, and seeks to rescue the boy’s body from the flames and offer him a proper burial. The film was directed by László Nemes and photographed by Mátyás Erdély. Son of Saul is also on the “Most Excited to See” list by IndieWire.
Trainwreck is the latest Judd Apatow-directed comedy to hit the big screen. As a director, Apatow’s smashing success in the comedy realm includes The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People and This is 40. In the producer role, he has had a hand in a long string of other hit comedies including Bridesmaids, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Pineapple Express, and he is known as a pioneer in the “bromantic comedy” genre.
This time around, Apatow has built a film around a female lead. In Trainwreck, Amy Schumer, who also wrote the script, plays a semi-autobiographical character who is extremely commitment-phobic, tending to sabotage any budding relationship. When she meets a good man, she must face her fears. The cast also includes Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn, Marisa Tomei, and LeBron James. The shoot was mounted in New York City over the course about 53 days.
Dwight Chalmers is filmmaker and musician who divides his time between professional sound work for movies and television, and small, personal films. His most recent short film is Dim the Lights, an impressionistic collage that serves as a travelogue for a recent trip from the Midwest to the Pacific Ocean along the old Route 66. The film’s audio track includes original music along with sounds and ambiences gathered and edited by Chalmers.
“At first, there were two sides to my love for sound,” says Chalmers. “One was recording bands, and the other was collecting ambiences. For years, I have gone out and recorded interesting sounds – crickets, open air spaces, air conditioners, a soda machine with a strange buzz. Twenty years later, I might use sounds from that library on a project like Dim the Lights.”
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