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Cinematographer Rachel Morrison on “Mudbound”- Spotlight on the 55th New York Film Festival

“I dreamed in brown,” says Laura McAllan (Carey Mulligan) of the grime that permeates rural life in Mudbound. Her lament gave cinematographer Rachel Morrison a departure point for evoking Dee Rees’ WWII-era drama set in the Mississippi Delta. Much of what we see in the film, from fields and farmhouses to instincts and mores, comes from the sodden muck. Adapted from Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel, Mudbound is a tale of two families, one black and one white, ...

Cinematographer Sam Levy Illuminates “Lady Bird”- Spotlight on the 55th New York Film Festival

Back in 2016, cinematographer Sam Levy and actor-turned-director Greta Gerwig were envisioning the look of Lady Bird, a seriocomic coming-of-ager set in Sacramento during 2002 and 2003. “She wanted it to look like a memory,” Levy tells me in a recent phone chat. “Memory” wasn’t just some theme Gerwig randomly turned up; rather, her film partly drew on her experiences of coming up in California’s capital city. Two more words would round out the DP&rsquo...

Cinematographer Ed Lachman Talks “Wonderstruck” -- Spotlight on the 55th New York Film Festival

  Here’s a question for you: Can illustrated novels be made into compelling films? With his screen production of Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck, director Todd Haynes suggests what it takes. One handy element is cinematographer Ed Lachman. Using Kodak 35mm black-and-white and color film stocks, the cinematography shows off Lachman at his best. It’s at once rapturous and studied, classical and jazzy, stylized and raw. There’s a reason for the dualities. Tw...

Cinematographer Shane F. Kelly Talks “Last Flag Flying"

  What is manhood? How are men to act in the world, and where do truth and responsibility fit in? Having studied boyhood in depth, now director Richard Linklater tracks the next phase of masculinity in his new film Last Flag Flying. To help visualize the maturation arc, he once again tapped cinematographer Shane F. Kelly. They both like progressions. Their previous collaboration Everybody Wants Some!! was billed as a follow up to Linklater’s Dazed and Confused,...

DP Greig Fraser Captures “Lion”

  As a young boy coming up in rural India, Saroo Brierley often helped his big brother Guddu scavenge for food and money on trains. One evening in 1986 the brothers got separated. Five-year-old Saroo accidentally wound up a thousand miles from home, after boarding what turned out to be an empty, decommissioned train. “Dickensian” doesn’t begin to describe the conditions he toughed out in Kolkata, West Bengal, before being adopted by a well-heeled Australian couple. A qu...

DP Robbie Ryan's Take on Shooting "Slow West"

For Slow West, debut director John Maclean tapped veteran cinematographer Robbie Ryan to make it a visual bonanza. I caught up with Ryan several weeks ago, when the film was screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. Click below for his insights:   ...

Oscar-nominated Cinematographer Dick Pope on "Mr. Turner"

  Dick Pope's name may have been crapped up as he was nominated for an Academy Award, but there's nothing crappy about the reason for that nomination: his lensing of Mr. Turner. Click below for my discussion with the cinematographer about his visuals for Mike Leigh's biopic on J.M.W. Turner:       ...

First Time Fest 2014: Gala Awards Photos

By Maria Esteves – June 26, 2014 International cinematographer ZACHARY GALLER, The Sleepwalker received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography during First Time Fest: The Second Time Around 2014 (FTF 2014) Gala Awards at 42 West, New York, Monday, April 7, 7:00 PM. FTF 2014 Gala Awards Reception preceded the ceremony and an amazing art exhibit and auction concluded the event. Red carpet arrivals included industry professionals; first time filmmakers, producers, write...

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year 1972, a young girl post a letter into the mail box.  A few days later, the postman delivers it but it falls behind the mailboxes and gets stucked there for 30 years...