“As cinematographers, we are creators of visual narratives, sculpting depth within a two-dimensional frame. I use my understanding of fine art and architecture to create intimate spaces where scenes and emotions can play out, where stories can be told and experienced through the unique relationship of the viewer’s gaze into the cinema screen. To me, it’s really about the emotional impact of the image when you look at it. I find that film has an amazing capacity to communicate with a human being. Content interests me more than technique. As an artist you can reach a deeper part of yourself if you’re not preoccupied with the technical aspects. Film has that timeless quality which is appealing, because I want my images to last and to have enduring resonance.”
Jess Hall, BSC studied film at Central Saint Martins College for Arts and Design in London and New York University. His credits include numerous commercials and music videos, as well as the feature films The Spectacular Now, Creation, Hot Fuzz, Brideshead Revisited, Son of Rambo, Stander, and the forthcoming Transcendence.
David Dart, NFL Films staff cinematographer
The 2013 football season is underway, and the crew at NFL Films is busy capturing all the leaping catches, goal line stands, pre-game pep talks, and sideline celebrations. Considered the gold standard of sports filmmaking, NFL Films strives to not just document the game, but to preserve it, and carry on the legacy of all those who have helped make the game what it is today. And motion picture film is part of that legacy.
Since 1962, NFL Films has captured and archived over 100 million feet of 16mm film. Their productions were the first to use ground-level slow motion, shoot sports with 600mm lenses, and to incorporate reverse-angle replays. Can you imagine shooting the Super Bowl handheld with a 1,000-foot magazine and a 50-500mm anamorphic zoom lens? Ever wonder what it is like to capture the fast-moving, hard-hitting action of the NFL? Now is your chance to get full access with NFL Films cinematographer David Dart.
Top Hat is the story of Graham, a timid Saturday boy who works at a dry cleaners. His boss (Don) runs a tight ship and constantly berates Graham for his incompetence at the job. When 'The Gentleman' enters the shop, and asks for his top hat to be dry-cleaned, Graham happily agrees. When Graham accidentally shrinks the top hat, he believes he is in serious trouble. What follows is beyond even Graham's wildest imagination.
This project represents my second collaboration with Director Michael Middleton-Downer, and my first with Producer Sian Tomlinson. After reading Samuel Hutchinson's wonderfully warm and quirky screenplay, I phoned up Mike and committed straight away. Good writing is the basis of all great cinematic works, and it's important to not let such gems slip through the net.
A recent campaign to reinstate Super 16mm film for broadcast in Europe has resulted in victory with all major UK broadcasters agreeing to accept programs originated on the format.
“This is an exciting resolution for filmmakers, who now have complete freedom to choose the right aesthetic format for telling their stories,” notes Andrew Evenski, president and GM of Kodak’s Entertainment & Commercial Films division. “Storytellers understand the power of 16mm film, and can take full advantage of the beauty, flexibility and budget-friendly benefits that this format offers.”
Jennifer Lawrence stars in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
The Hunger Games is a sci-fi phenomenon set in a dystopian society that pits adolescent boys and girls in a battle to the death. Praised for its literary approach to plot and character, the tale was first brought to the screen by director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) and cinematographer Tom Stern, ASC, AFC.
Now, the second book in the series, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, has been translated for cinema. This time, the director is Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants, I Am Legend) and the cinematographer is Jo Willems, SBC, whose credits include the features Limitless and Hard Candy, television pilots like Touch and Awake, and many music videos for top artists such as Prince and Justin Timberlake.