With the 87th Oscars® around the corner and the culmination of the awards season at hand, we wanted to take a moment to shine a spotlight on the movies that chose KODAK Film to create the visuals that have captured audiences and critics worldwide.
Kodak is honored to have an extensive history with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Since their first ceremony was held in 1929, an overwhelming majority of Oscar®-winning movies have been created on Kodak film. We are also proud of the fact that all of the Best Picture winners at the Film Independent Spirit Awards have been shot on film.
Opening Ceremony's Humberto Leon and Carol Lim
Opening Ceremony's designers and co-founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim are celebrating photography with their new collection that debuts at New York Fashion Week. Their collection features the early photography of renowned film director Spike Jonze, capturing the skateboard, BMX, music, and film subcultures of which Jonze was an integral part. It also honors the Kodak brand with a select capsule collection. This capsule embodies Kodak’s classic logo in bold, primary-color graphics on T-shirts and on jersey or fleece separates. Both Carol and Humberto told us why they wanted to honor their friend Spike and collaborate with Kodak:
What were your thoughts on integrating the different elements of Spike Jonze’s photography and the Kodak logo into your new collection? Carol & Humberto: We wanted to celebrate photography with this collection. When we had the opportunity to delve into Spike's archives, we were inspired by the beauty of classic film photography, the painstaking process of capturing moments, and that excitement a picture-taker feels when reviewing proofs to see what the lens caught and selecting that perfect image to print. There is something about that spontaneity and surprise that we love, and the quality of images on film is so unlike anything else. We've always been a fan of the art and looking through Spike's work. Exploring his narrative in and translating that format into a collection was an exciting process that was compounded by our collaboration with Kodak. We have always appreciated Kodak's devotion and longstanding history with photography.
(l-r) Kodak's Lorette Bayle and Stella Kyriakopoulos
Deirdre O'Kane portrays Cristina Noble
Noble is based on the true story of Christina Noble who overcomes a harsh childhood in Ireland, to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon, where she has since saved over 200,000 homeless and sick children from a life of poverty and pain. The film – written and directed by Stephen Bradley – spans four decades and two countries.
“I had not done a period film before,” says cinematographer Trevor Forrest, who won best cinematography at the Tribeca Film Festival for Una Noche (2012). “A friend wanted me to meet Stephen for this project and I’d asked why. ‘You work in far off places and you’re great with children,’ he told me. That got me thinking.”
Director Gavin O'Connor and Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS
In Jane Got a Gun, a woman must turn to her former fiancé for help in defending her new family. The film, which stars Natalie Portman and Ewan MacGregor, gave Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS an opportunity to work in the Western genre, something many cinematographers dream of doing.
“There’s something unique and iconic about cowboys riding horses across the landscape, or tracking low angle on people confronting each other in a cowboy hat with a couple of guns,” she says. “I think all DPs would love to tackle the genre at some stage.”