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 EPIC DRAGON: The Martian

New trailer for The Martian. Directed by Ridley Scott. Shot on RED EPIC DRAGON + Angenieux Optimo Zoom Lenses by cinematographer Dariusz Wolski.

The film, which is slated to be released on November 25th in 3D, stars Matt DamonJessica ChastainKristen WiigJeff DanielsMichael PeñaKate Mara, and Sean Bean.

Sundance 2014: “War Story” + “The Skeleton Twins”

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

“War Story”:  2014 Sundance Film Festival selection in the NEXT category

“The Skeleton Twins”: 2014 Sundance Film Festival selection in the U.S. Dramatic Competition

War Story 1

The short film, War Story, stars Catherine Keener as an adrift war photographer on location in Italy. Described on the official Sundance website:

From frame one, War Story penetrates the visceral interior world of a character enduring the aftermath of a trauma she cannot express, holding us on the edge of our seats with unsettling urgency and mystery.

Skeleton Twins 2

The feature length, The Skeleton Twins, is the story of estranged relatives, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, brought back together trough a difficulty the two commit to figuring out how they became so distant. Once again from the official Sundance website:

Craig Johnson’s second feature sensitively explores these lives of quiet desperation with remarkable finesse. It unfolds a rich backstory through subtle interactions between its characters and finds the agility to be funny, melancholic, touching, and devastating within the space of a single scene.

Both films were lensed by Director of Photography Reed Morano, ASC. Who is persistently a young cinematographer to pay attention to. Her credits include Kill Your Darlings, Frozen River, Shut Up and Play the Hits, and Little Birds.