(l-r) Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta work out a scene for the dramatic thriller KILL THE MESSENGER, a Focus Features release. (Credit: Chuck Zlotnick / Focus Features)
Director Michael Cuesta (Tell Tale, Roadie) and director of photography Sean Bobbitt, BSC (12 Years a Slave) aimed to shoot things right with Kill the Messenger, a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.
In the 1990s, Webb (played by Jeremy Renner) searched from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., for the hidden truth behind a complex, international drug smuggling network. His investigative reporting drew the kind of attention that threatened not just his career, but his family and his life.
Tom Luse - The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 5 _ BTS - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Though he didn’t know it at the time, producer Tom Luse began preparing for a career in show business in college, when he was charged with the enviable task of popping the popcorn at an art house cinema in his hometown of Atlanta. “I liked movies, but it wasn’t something I had planned on going into,” explains the EMMY®-nominated producer. “But later, in graduate school, I had the opportunity to study film and ended up getting a degree in Communications.”
While these days it’s being an executive producer on The Walking Dead that keeps Luse busy (he’s been with the show since the very beginning), he has dabbled in a variety of job titles over the years. “I wanted to be a technician originally, and ended up working in the camera department as a grip,” Luse recalls. “I found that my skills were really in organizing things and thinking ahead, which eventually led me into location management, then into production management, and then into producing.” As he readied for the fifth season of The Walking Dead, Luse spoke with us about lighting a post-apocalyptic universe, the cost of time, and why zombies look better on film.
Negative is prepared at VISION GLOBALE
In June of 2013, co-owners Adrian Bull and John Mahtani acquired a film lab that had been in operation for 37 years. Identifying a need in the London marketplace for a full-service film facility with an eye towards the future, they rebranded the company Cinelab and never looked back. Their mission – to deliver high-quality, reliable film processing services and enhanced digital solutions, ensuring that content creators in the UK and Europe can confidently choose film as part of their creative pallet.
Today, Cinelab London is flourishing and has expanded to provide a complete service offering for film clients. “What we acquired was purely a photochemical lab, primarily focused on trailers,” says Bull, who also serves as managing director. “We knew we needed to reimagine and reinvent the business in order to survive. Extending our service sector into commercials, features, and high-end broadcast dramas was a first step, but beyond that, we needed to deliver the digital services that allow people to get in and out of film as needed.
Since Amy Belling’s first film premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival, she has been both a producer and cinematographer. Belling finds an ease and a challenge in playing dual roles. On her most recent endeavor, the musical comedy Songs She Wrote About People She Knows, it was par for the course.
“My producer brain never shuts off completely,” she explains. “It can be a hindrance to the creative process of directing and cinematography, but on the flip side, being a producer, and having built the budget and negotiated most of the vendor deals, it can be a huge asset in troubleshooting.”
(L-R) Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech star in The Imitation Game. (photo by Jack English)
Mathematician, cryptanalyst and computer science pioneer Alan Turing was tasked by British intelligence during World War II to break the Germans’ nearly impenetrable message coding system – the Enigma machine. His success enabled the Allies to turn the war tide, but tragedy befell Turing and he ultimately committed suicide at the age of 41.
The Weinstein Company brings Turing’s complex story to the screen in The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and featuring Keira Knightley, Mark Strong and Matthew Goode. To capture the visuals, director Morten Tyldum selected Óscar Faura (The Orphanage, Anna) based on his photography of the 2012 Thailand tsunami tale The Impossible.