LIGHTING DIAGRAM #18 – PRESUMED INNOCENT

Call sheet from the last day of shooting…           In the final installment of the Presumed Innocent lighting diagram series: Harrison Ford and Bonnie Bedelia: husband and wife share a tough moment – the climax of the film, actually.  (find it at 01:54:50)             Everything here is heavily supported by Willis’ lighting…or lack thereof.  It’s … Continue reading “LIGHTING DIAGRAM #18 – PRESUMED INNOCENT”

11.27.2020

NEW YORK IN THE 1970’S

            (This post previously appeared in a recent issue of British Cinematographer)             I grew up in New York City – in one of the outer boroughs, to be exact – and believe me, I was Brooklyn when Brooklyn wasn’t cool.  The Borough of Churches was the fourth largest city in the U.S. for most … Continue reading “NEW YORK IN THE 1970’S”

11.24.2020

IN PRAISE OF THE CAMERA OPERATOR

            I believe strongly in the vital, indispensable role of the camera operator.  Here are a few reasons why.             Camera operating is a full-time, full-attention job.             Maintaining composition, enforcing eyelines, executing smooth moves, watching focus, noting errant shadows and objects, flagging anomalies in hair, makeup, costume and set dressing – all of these … Continue reading “IN PRAISE OF THE CAMERA OPERATOR”

11.17.2020

READ THIS BOOK #2

A Hidden History of Film Style: Cinematographers, Directors, and the             Collaborative Process by Christopher Beach 2015, University of California Press             Beach was one of two Film Scholars named by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2013.  He does perhaps the best job to date of poking holes in the theory … Continue reading “READ THIS BOOK #2”

11.10.2020

LIGHTING DIAGRAM #15 – PRESUMED INNOCENT

            This scene occurs at the 01:07:30 mark.  Bonnie Bedelia joins Harrison Ford at the table on the backyard deck adjacent to their kitchen; they discuss their tenuous situation.             Photographically, the scene is unremarkable save for the changing out of 85ND filters to accommodate the fading mid-September light.  It was purposely shot late in … Continue reading “LIGHTING DIAGRAM #15 – PRESUMED INNOCENT”

11.6.2020

ISN’T PHOTOSHOP COOL?

            I don’t know.             The better question might be, “Isn’t Photoshop amazing?“             For its constituency it surely ranks with the greatest inventions of all time.  Like the cell phone and laptop, it has become so indispensible to me that I often question how I got along without it.  And to apply the ultimate … Continue reading “ISN’T PHOTOSHOP COOL?”

11.3.2020

PRODUCTION DESIGN(ERS)

            Given our all-consuming involvement with what we do, it’s easy to overlook the contributions of the other departments we collaborate with each day.  We often forget that a huge part of how our images turn out is dependent upon what’s served up before the lens.  To that end, production designers and set decorators deserve … Continue reading “PRODUCTION DESIGN(ERS)”

10.27.2020