Rising DPs Get Their Props

The 2015 Emerging Cinematographer Awards recognizes some of the industry’s next visionaries

Founded in 1996 by Rob Kostichek, Jr., the International Cinematographers Guild’s Emerging Cinematographers Awards (ECAs) is a talent showcase of up-and-coming union cameramen and women. The annual awards show gives promising cinematographers crucial exposure in the motion-picture industry. In 2007, guild president Steven Poster, ASC, ushered... Read more

From Lockerbie To Libya

A real-life spy thriller, the documentary My Brother’s Bomber contemplates loss, love, revenge and the nature of obsession through the lens of the war on terror

My Brother’s Bomber isn’t your typical piece for FRONTLINE. The emotional and suspenseful documentary is a three-part investigative series airing on the critically acclaimed PBS show this fall. Directed by Ken Dornstein, My Brother’s Bomber revisits one of the biggest air disasters in history, the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over... Read more

The Troubles With Doubles

Shot on the ARRI ALEXA, the razor-sharp comedy Break Point features a burned-out tennis pro and his estranged brother who try to win a long-shot slot into a Grand Slam—and heal a fractured family along the way

In spite of seemingly obvious compositional possibilities, competitive tennis has rarely been the focus in theatrical motion pictures. In fact, outside of 1979’s Players (directed by Anthony Harvey with cinematography by James Crabe, ASC) and the more recent Wimbledon (helmed by Richard Loncraine and shot by Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC), precious few... Read more

2,300 Feet Below

Checco Varese, ASC, takes on a technically challenging shoot for The 33, the story of the Copiapó mining accident and the ordeal of the men trapped belowground

A harrowing true story, The 33 retells the desperate plight of the men trapped in a collapsed Chilean copper-gold mine for 69 days in 2010. Abandoned and left to slowly die by their employers, the men—united by fellow miner Mario Sepúlveda (Antonio Banderas)—band together to persevere. Pressures brought by their families eventually turn the tide... Read more

A Boy Is A Dangerous Thing

Cary Fukunaga uses the ARRI ALEXA XT for Beasts of No Nation to follow the journey of a boy who finds himself a child soldier in war-torn Africa

In a few short years, the multitalented Cary Fukunaga has established himself as a genre-defying auteur, juggling multiple projects as writer, director, cinematographer and producer. Recognized as one of the most exciting visual stylists today, Fukunaga made his feature debut with Sin Nombre, work that collected cinematography and directing awards at... Read more

Manhattan Misadventures

Writer-director Noah Baumbach and DP Sam Levy shoot 2K for a ’70s-inspired look in their latest collaboration, the funny, slightly dangerous screwball comedy Mistress America

Neurotic New Yorkers. Messy relationships. Art house sensibilities. The Manhattan skyline. It may sound like the perfect recipe for a Woody Allen film circa the late ’70s, but, in fact, all these ingredients—along with a good serving of comedy—form the basis of Mistress America, the latest film from acclaimed writer-director Noah Baumbach that... Read more

Speaking Truth To Power

A quarter-century after the incendiary N.W.A shook the establishment cage, director F. Gary Gray and DP Matthew Libatique, ASC, deliver Straight Outta Compton, which follows the birth of the iconic group and their music

F. Gary Gray first made his name directing hit music videos for artists such as TLC, Cypress Hill, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah and Whitney Houston before helming his first feature film, the popular urban comedy Friday. Gray followed that up with an eclectic string of maverick movies that included Set It Off, The Negotiator, The Italian Job, Be... Read more

Breaking The Law

With the RED EPIC DRAGON, DP Arthur Albert creates a new look for AMC’s Better Call Saul

For all the Breaking Bad junkies who had to deal with withdrawal symptoms when the acclaimed drug drama finally ended, relief—and another fix of Walter’s shady, but witty lawyer Jimmy McGill (aka Saul Goodman)—came just in time thanks to the new AMC prequel series Better Call Saul. Also created by Bad‘s acclaimed writer/producer team... Read more

Justice Is Blind

Cinematographer Matthew Lloyd creates a bold and dark look for Netflix’s Daredevil

Sick of the same old superheroes? Bored with predictable caped crusaders and avengers? Don’t despair. Do yourself a favor and watch Daredevil, the gritty, excellent new Marvel live-action series on Netflix that follows the adventures of attorney Matt Murdock who, in a tragic accident, was blinded as a boy, but imbued with extraordinary senses.... Read more

Down The Street

Shot entirely on a smartphone, filmmaker Sean Baker’s brilliant Tangerine presents an alternative version of Tinseltown

You saved up enough money to buy your shiny new 4K camera with 12 stops of latitude. So, now what? Camera specs alone (resolution, dynamic range, 10-bit vs. 8-bit, etc.) won’t help produce a better movie. Filmmaker Sean Baker proves this with his feature film, Tangerine, a hit at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it played in the NEXT category,... Read more