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Michael Goi on Creating the Freak Show for American Horror Story 

(L-R) Jyoti Amge as Ma Petite, Naomi Grossman as Pepper. CR: Michele K. Short/FX

For the better part of a decade now, Ryan Murphy has been innovating the way audiences look at small screen entertainment. As the creator of shows like Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee,and The New Normal, Murphy has established a distinctive brand of filmmaking that’s faster, louder, and more attention-grabbing than its television contemporaries, and one that puts compelling visuals on par with addictive storylines. Case in point: American Horror Story, Murphy’s television show/miniseries hybrid that plays more like a horror anthology with a new theme each season. In season one it was Murder House, which was followed by Asylum and Coven. And this fall, Freak Show premiered with what Murphy describes as “the most terrifying clown of all time.”

Michael Goi, ASC, ISC has been there since nearly the beginning, shooting the second half of American Horror Story’s first season after first collaborating with Murphy on Glee. “American Horror Story had a visual style and approach for season one that was already established by the time I came on to it,” says Goi. “I didn’t make a lot of alterations to it, but in the last two or three episodes I started to veer in the direction that I felt like the material was taking me, and some of that approach is what’s reflected in season two, Asylum, where you’re dealing with an atmosphere that was very crazed. And I think the camerawork and the lighting reflected that a lot.”

St. Vincent Calls for a Human Look

JAEDEN LIEBERHER and BILL MURRAY star in ST. VINCENT© 2014 The Weinstein Company. All Rights Reserved. / Photo: Atsushi Nishijima

Among his many iconic credits as a cinematographer, John Lindley, ASC counts memorable films like Father of the Bride, Mr. Brooks, Pleasantville, You’ve Got Mail, Sleeping with the Enemy, and Field of Dreams in his repertoire. His most recent endeavor is St. Vincent, in which Bill Murray plays a gone-to-seed war veteran who has an influence on a young boy who lives next door. That influence is unwelcome to the boy’s recently divorced parents.

There’s comedy in that conflict, and eventually, an unlikely friendship develops. The cast also includes Melissa McCarthy.

Important Changes to Motion Picture Film Distribution and Customer Service

Published on website: October 21, 2014
Categories: The StoryBoard Blog

Kodak is in the midst of optimizing its motion picture film distribution by moving to a direct ship model, serving customers from our manufacturing facility in Rochester. As such, today we are announcing some changes in the way we distribute our motion picture products and provide customer service within the United States.

Effective Monday November 3, 2014: Reflective of our newly centralized service and support model, normal customer service telephone hours will now be Monday thru Friday, 8am to 5pm Eastern Time.

The Look of Fear

Published on website: October 20, 2014
Categories: Focus On Film , The StoryBoard Blog
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.”

Dracula Untold - A Gothic Tale Gets a New Twist from John Schwartzman, ASC

Published on website: October 10, 2014
Categories: VISION3 500T Color Negative Film 5219/7219 , The StoryBoard Blog
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.