LIGHTING DIAGRAM #19 – JANE THE VIRGIN (The CW)

            Photographed by yours truly…             On the surface, the simplest of scenes: two people sitting across a table inside a police interrogation room.  But complicating matters is the fact that our actress – Yael Grobglas – is playing both roles (Petra Solano and her evil twin sister Anezka).  This necessitated a generous allowance of … Continue reading “LIGHTING DIAGRAM #19 – JANE THE VIRGIN (The CW)”

12.4.2020

THE ABOMINATION

            Barbara Stanwyck on Double Indemnity (1944; Billy Wilder\John Seitz, ASC):             “When I mention ‘atmosphere’ in Double Indemnity – that gloomy, horrible house the Dietrichsons lived in, the slit of sunlight slicing through those heavy drapes – you could smell that death was in the air, you understood why she had to get out … Continue reading “THE ABOMINATION”

12.1.2020

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