Shot on WEAPON DRAGON: Allied

Trailer for Allied, in theaters on November 23rd. Shot in 6K on RED WEAPON DRAGON w/  Leica Summicron-C and Summilux-C prime lenses by cinematographer Don Burgess. Directed by Robert ZemeckisAllied stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

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Shot on EPIC DRAGON: X-Men Apocalypse

20th Century Fox released the final trailer for the upcoming superhero blockbuster, X-Men: Apocalypse. Directed by Bryan Singer and shot in 3D on RED EPIC DRAGON by cinematographer, and longtime Singer collaborator, Newman Thomas Sigel. The trailer features new scenes and epic battles, including a comic book inspired duel between Cyclops and Storm, while also teasing us with a glimspe of a very familiar hero:

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This time around the X-Men are up against the immortal Apocalypse (played by an unrecognizable Oscar Isaac). Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization and awakening after thousands of years, Apocalypse recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence in usual badass mode) leads the team of good-guy mutant warriors to save a captured Professor X and stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind. 

 

 

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Yes, yes we can! X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters on May 27, 2016.

Sundance 2016: Cameraperson – a film by Kirsten Johnson

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Headed to Sundance this year? Make sure to check out Kirsten Johnson’s CAMERAPERSON. It’s screening once a day from the 26th through the 29th, and as I type, there is only one screening left with non-waitlist tickets available. GIT IT!

This film is a doc about shooting docs. As a cameraperson. Some of her credits include work in last year’s Oscar-winning Citizenfour, The Invisible War, Asylum and Fahrenheit 9/11, and Happy Valley among others.

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From Sundance’s catalogue:

 “As a visually radical memoir, Cameraperson draws on the remarkable footage that Johnson has shot and reframes it in ways that illuminate moments and situations that have personally affected her. What emerges is an elegant meditation on the relationship between truth and the camera frame, as Johnson transforms scenes that have been presented on Festival screens as one kind of truth into another kind of story—one about personal journey, craft, and direct human connection.”

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I first read about Johnson in The Art of the Documentary, where I learned that she is an American who up and moved to Senegal to learn French and shoot things, subsequently moving to France and attending La Femis, the French National Film School, earning a degree in Cinematography. Oh, and then shot Derrida, which is a whole other level of nerd-cool.

She then went on to make and collaborate on dozens of award-winning independent docs and narrative projects that win Oscars and prizes at Sundance and generally make the rest of us feel like we do nothing with our lives.

Also, she’s a woman, (what?!) which is extra-cool knowing that she’s been crushing since the women:men ratio behind the camera was even more extreme than it is today.

To Kirsten Johnson, Kudos! And to you, dear readers, check out Cameraperson, either at Sundance or later this year in a theater near you.

And if you do, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Shot on EPIC DRAGON: The Final Girls – Screening in Los Angeles

The NUART theater is hosting a special midnight screening of  The Final Girls this Friday, January 15th at 11:59 PM.

We hope you get a chance to check it out, and welcome your thoughts in our comments section below.

Shot by featured filmmaker Elie Smolkin and directed by Todd Strauss-Shulson, The Final Girls plays with visual and storytelling tropes of campy B-movie horror flicks. Shot on 3GRs Red Epic Dragon using our Angenieux zooms and Cooke s4s.

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A modern-day group of friends enter the world of a 70’s B horror movie – and try to get out alive. The plot largely supports the jokes, but also delivers some legitimate edge-of-your-seat thrills and a solid hero(ine) story. Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story) delivers a stellar performance as Max Cartwright, a shy teenager pulled into this surreal adventure that ends up a lot more personal than anyone could have imagined.

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Spanning horror, comedy, period, spoof, thriller and drama, The Final Girls allowed Strauss-Shulson and Smolkin to borrow from a number of aesthetic genres. Check out the killer article on their motion-control sequence in Popular Mechanics!

The Final Girls stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev, Thomas Middleditch, Adam DeVine and Angela Trimbur. It was released in the US on October 9th, 2015.

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Want to read more? There’s a great conversation about shooting the movie with cinematographer Elie Smolkin on Five Frames.

And Strauss-Schulson discusses his inspiration and influences for much of the aesthetic on Slash Film.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.