(l-r)Felicity Jones as Nelly Ternan and Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens Photo by David Appleby, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics
When director Ralph Fiennes decided to bring The Invisible Woman to the screen, he turned to cinematographer Rob Hardy, BSC to help him transport his audience to Victorian England. Based on Claire Tomalin's 1990 biography of the same name, The Invisible Woman is centered on the true story of Charles Dickens’ relationship with actress Nelly Ternan. Dickens (also played by Fiennes) was 45, married, and at the height of his storied career when he met 18-year-old Nelly (Felicity Jones). The film chronicles their thirteen year secret love affair, which ended with his death.
Fiennes and Hardy had not worked together before, but instantly connected with a shared vision for the film. “Ralph is wonderfully obsessed with detail and wanted the story told in the most truthful way possible,” notes Hardy. “I had never shot a piece set in the Victorian era, and was itching to do one because I wanted to find a way to visually translate what that time may have been really like without romanticizing it. Adversely, the only reference point I had going into the project was an American photographer named Saul Leiter, who photographed the streets of New York in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The colors in those photographs were incredibly vibrant but also very succinct and painterly, which is something unique to film. So I went to a meeting at Ralph’s apartment and brought a book of Leiter’s work. I handed it to him, and he immediately said, ‘come with me,’ and took me upstairs. There on his walls were five original Leiter photographs. We knew in that moment we had found the way forward.”
It’s that wonderful time of the year when the industry converges in Park City, Utah, to celebrate independent filmmaking. The Sundance and Slamdance film festivals showcase some of the most unique and creative storytelling of our time. And the filmmakers, whose movies are featured, as well as attendees, embody the spirit that both festivals nurture.
Kodak is proud to yet again be at the festivals, joining the filmmakers reveling in the indie spotlight.
Kevin Snelson of The Why We Love
Winter is taking hold in the northern hemisphere and temperatures have dropped below freezing. With snow on the ground here in Kodak’s hometown, we figured there was no better time to share some heartwarming films from Super 8mm and 16mm wedding cinematographers The Why We Love.
Calling California home, Kevin and Danielle Snelson have been documenting weddings for years. We recently spoke with them about their craft and they shared details on their obsession with film and what motivates them to create such beautiful memories. It’s our pleasure to introduce The Why We Love!
It’s that time of the year when one looks back and reflects on the things that are important and meaningful. And for us – it’s you filmmakers! We are both 3rd generation Kodakers and feel it’s a true honor and joy to interact with you on social media every day. We share your passion for film and are excited to be a part of your camera test, color grading session, festival premier, and awards celebrations.
So as you take time out to reflect back on 2013, here’s a reminder of amazing stories and new mobile tools shared with you and because of you!
The end of the year brings great films to the big screen. It has become one of the best times to go to the theater, and not just because it is too cold to do anything else. The studios release many of the films that will compete for Oscars®.
A number of the movies releasing this winter were made on Kodak film. We take great pride in continuing to partner with some of the world’s most talented filmmakers. Like you, we look forward to seeing their creations on the big screen. A sampling of the list includes: