In Production: Storaro to shoot Woody Allen’s Next Film

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Woody Allen with Gordon Willis, Sven Nykvist, Harry Savides, Darius Khondji, Vilmos Zsigmond &  Vittorio Storaro

Vittorio Storaro is the latest addition to an impressive list of prestigious DPs Woody Allen has teamed up with throughout his career. Shooting begins this month in Los Angeles and New York on the 1930’s period piece, set to premiere in 2016.

Gordon Willis, Sven Nykvist, Harry Savides, Vilmos Zsigmond and Darius Khondji have each had a hand in the look of Woody Allen’s films throughout his career. Willis, often called the “Prince of darkness,” helped the prince of dark neurotic comedy establish his look – he shot eight of Allen’s most iconic films, including Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979) and Stardust Memories (1980).

Allen’s most recent project with Khondji, Irrational Man, is still playing at a theater near you, and the rumors of his next release are already a’buzzin.  The film boasts an all-star cast befitting its ensemble director.

Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Bruce Willis, Kristen Stewart, Anna Camp, Paul Schneider, and many more are expected to don their depression-era best for this project.



Known for his striking use of color, Vittorio Storaro has lensed many visually stunning films for some pretty stellar directors. Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now (1979) influenced a generation of aspiring DPs and earned Storaro his first Academy Award for Cinematography.

Warren Beatty‘s epic, Reds (1981) won him a second Oscar, and their next movie together, Dick Tracy (1990) snagged a nomination that year.

Numerous collaborations with Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Tango in Paris (1972), The Conformist (1970), The Sheltering Sky (1990), The Last Emperor (1987) – Oscar number 3!) showcase Storaro’s signature style of visual storytelling.

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Colors of the Storaro Rainbow

A champion for the universality of light and color, Storaro is known for assigning a look or a hue a particular emotive motif, utilizing the visual throughout a film’s story arc.

Storaro’s work often exemplifies the storytelling role cinematography itself can play in cinema. Don’t we all know someone who caught the cinematography bug after watching something he shot? The guy even has a set of Rosco Gels named after him.


So what will a Storaro/Allen collabo look like?

Is it likely that the upcoming film will receive such careful aesthetic consideration?

This will be the first time the two collaborate as Director/DP, but they have worked together once before. Woody Allen starred in Alfonso Arau’s Picking Up The Pieces (2000), which Storaro shot.

In the dark comedy, (which technically looks fine/unremarkable) Woody Allen plays a butcher who kills and dismembers his cheating wife, confessing his crimes to the local priest (David Schwimmer). Hijinks ensue.

Woody Allen and David Schwimmer in PICKING UP THE PIECES (2000)

Shocker – the movie was panned! Variety called it “a tawdry misfire of the lowest order…” ouch… Needless to say, it was something of a departure from Storaro’s usual arty fare.

Maybe the two bonded on set and came up with some fabulous idea that’s been 15 years in the making. Maybe Storaro has been concocting a whole new set of gels for comedy. Who knows. We can’t wait to see some images from the new project, and welcome any tips from those in the know.

Watch this space for updates – and in the meantime, check out Woody Allen’s earlier films shot by some of the most talented cinematographers out there (along with the dearly departed – RIP guys. We’ll always turn off one more light for you just when we think it’s dark enough.) And treat your eyeballs to some Storaro classico…

Apocalypse Now Redux is currently available streaming on Amazon Prime & The Conformist is on Netflix, along with Gordon Willis’ Annie Hall, Sven Nyqvist’s Another Woman.

…or just make yourself some popcorn, get your nerd on and re-watch Visions of Light. No judgement.




Shot on EPIC DRAGON: Diary of a Teenage Girl

The celebrated Sundance darling, Diary of a Teenage Girl hits theaters this weekend – directed by Marielle Heller and shot by Brandon Trost on RED EPIC paired with the gorgeous PANAVISION C-SERIES & G-SERIES ANAMORPHICS.

Trost took home the US Drama – Special Jury Award for Cinematography at Sundance this year. Set in 1970’s San Francisco and based on Phoebe Gloeckner‘s graphic novel of the same name, Diary of a Teenage Girl is a change of pace for Trost, who has recently lensed such big-budget comedies as The Interview, Neighbors and This is the End.

Minnie’s narration of her own life – her “all-consuming thoughts about sex and men” is anything but precious, and appropriately swings between heartache and puppy love with plenty of sexual adventures in between. Sara Gunnarsdóttir ‘s animation – in the style of Gloeckner’s original graphic novel – intermittently appears, layered over Trost’s photography. The rough, child-like drawings of her very adult thoughts playfully interact with the original image – a novel and charming presentation of that awkward in-betweenness that is teenagehood.

Diary of a Teenage Girl stars Bel Powley as MinnieAlexander Skarsgaard (who showed up in drag to the premiere), Kristen Wiig & Chris Meloni. It opens this weekend in LA and New York.


Shot on 65mm + EPIC M-X: “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Shot on Kodak 65mm Film and RED Epic by DP Daniel Mindel, ASC. Opens in theaters this weekend.

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Wait, what?  That’s not a RED!  35mm film!  Featured-Filmmaker Chloe Weaver (her page is going live soon, Charlie promises) is prepping a 35mm package for a short film Andrew Brinkhaus is DPing this week.  Think they’re shooting straight to solid-state magazines?  We’ll keep you posted