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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.

Lorraine O'Grady's Kodachrome Art

Published on website: June 26, 2015
Categories: Conferences and Shows , The StoryBoard Blog

Lorraine O'Grady
Rivers, First Draft: The Debauchees dance in place, and the Woman in Red catches up to them
1982/2015
Digital C-print
Edition of 8 with 2 AP
16h x 20w in
Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York
© 2015 Lorraine O'Grady / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

While the majority of pictures taken these days are stored on smartphones and social media channels, artists continue to use film to express themselves in ways that digital cannot.

Lorraine O’Grady’s show at Alexander Gray Associates in New York City consists of two bodies of work: photographic prints produced by Kodak from the performance Rivers, First Draft (1982/2015) and selections of collaged poems from the series Cutting Out the New York Times (1977).

Alpha Lab's Mobile Film Processing Laboratory

Published on website: June 12, 2015
Categories: Focus on Post , The StoryBoard Blog

Built in England’s Shepperton Studios, Alpha Grip has designed the first of a series of mobile film processing laboratories. Alpha Lab's 44-foot trailer showcases how mobility in film processing is providing flexibility to filmmakers who choose film. This high-tech facility allows filmmakers to process film on location eliminating the need for daily couriers. It is capable of processing 20,000 ft of film during each 8-hour shift. Alpha Lab works in conjunction with digital dailies companies so the director will know if they got their shot before they leave the location. All chemical waste is collected and disposed of offsite.

Take a look inside the trailer:

Jurassic World Calls for 65 mm Film

CHRIS PRATT is surrounded by raptors in "Jurassic World". Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. Copyright: © 2014 Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

John Schwartzman, ASC has more than 35 studio feature films to his credit, including Seabiscuit, which earned him an Oscar® nomination, and The Rock, Armageddon, Saving Mr. Banks, and Dracula Untold – all shot on film. One of the executive producers on his most recent assignment, Jurassic World, was Steven Spielberg. So when Schwartzman proposed shooting on film, it seemed like an obvious choice.

“I had some previous experience shooting very big budget movies in Hawaii, on Pearl Harbor,” he says. “I knew the contrast ratios of day exteriors in Hawaii, and almost everything we were going to shoot in Hawaii was day exterior. We were there for the big vistas and the scope and all of the things that you can’t do on stage. Nothing else was going to capture the 18,000 footcandles in the highlights of the sky, and the 20 footcandles in the shadows of the jungle, in the same shot. I didn’t have to choose to preserve either the highlights or the shadows. I knew that if I placed my exposure where I thought it should be, I was going to have all of that information there. Film was simply the right tool.”

Happy 50th Birthday Super 8!

Published on website: June 01, 2015
Categories: The StoryBoard Blog

Happy 50th Birthday Super 8! 

We’re celebrating a very special birthday this year – Super 8 is turning 50!