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. Like the look? Feel free to request a quote if you're interested in renting this gear. 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. final girls 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. the final girls 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 M-X: Sherlock Holmes Sucks at Deduction

Sketch for The Pete Holmes Show on TBS. Directed by Oren Brimer. Shot by DP and 3GR Featured Filmmaker Elie Smolkin on RED Epic.

Shot on EPIC M-X: “All’s Fair…”

This brand-spanking new short from Director Todd Strauss-Schulson and Ulterior Productions tells the story of a young man distraught after  being turned down by the love of his life and the new friendship that just might help him move on. The film was shot on two RED Epics with Angenieux zooms (16-42, 30-80, 17-80) & a Nikkor fisheye lens. Director of Photography, Elie Smolkin noted to 3GR how the pace challenged him and the small crew:
We had a very, very limited budget on this one so it was a "let's use whatever is in the van" kind of shoot. That challenge made it a lot of fun and I think we were able to find a cool look because of it. We shot over a few days in LA and having 2 cameras to help cover the improv and all the montage set ups was a huge help. Working with Todd and Ken (Ken Franchi, Producer) is always a fun experience, it's a guerrilla/fast pace style of shooting but with a high production value in mind. That's a hard task to complete but we make it work and end up getting something great out of it. Alex Bickel did a great job refining the look in color and the cast was fantastic.
Crew: 1st AC: Ryan Hogue B Cam Op: Matt LaRoche Gaffer: Tyler Bell Key Grip: Tina Densmore Colorist: Alex Bickel

New Reel for Elie Smolkin

New Reel and Website design for Elie Smolkin. Looking clean in 2014!

Shot on EPIC M-X: ENTERTAIN_bot Camera Test

Shot by 3GR Featured Filmmaker Elie Smolkin on RED Epic + Angenieux Optimo DP Rouge 16-42mm Zoom. Motion Controlled via General Lift's Genuflex Mk III. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. From Todd:
I have always wanted to shoot dance numbers in a hyper cinematic way. Doing what Busby Berkeley would do if he were alive today. Having the camera dance with the dancers using modern technology. I shot this test as a proof of concept.