Monthly Archives: December 2015

Haskell Wexler, ASC 1922-2015

Haskell Wexler, ASC passed away today. He was 93. Haskell won Academy Awards as Cinematographer on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Bound for Glory. He was  writer-director-cinematographer of the film that inspired me to get into film: Medium Cool. Here’s the complete transcript of his interview in Cinematographer Style. Haskell Wexler, ASC Haskell Wexler: My name is Haskell Wexler and I’m a member… read more…

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Merry Holidays, Happy New Year

With best wishes for Merry Holidays, and hoping we will all climb to happy new heights in the new year!    


Camerimage 2015

Article by Jan Grobliński. EXT. BYDGOSZCZ – EVENING Chilly. Dark figures in the background of the illuminated entrance to the Opera Nova. Evening fog and steam. Lively conversations in different languages, accidental meetings of old acquaintances, world-famous cinematographers passing by, a group of students hurrying to watch a film in the Main Competition… That could be a scene from a… read more…

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Heated Gear

If your teeth start chattering while watching “The Hateful 8” and “The Revenant,” or the thought of frigid locations this winter make your blood run cold, now you’ll be able to stay warmer with cordless heated jackets: Milwaukee M12 Heated Gear. Probably the most versatile jacket for a camera operator sitting on a freezing crane all day  is the Heated 3-in-1 Ripstop Jacket & Heated Ripstop Vest. read more…

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Twinkle Twinkle

Only 6 shopping days until Christmas. Design and configure your own multi-colored rainbow coated tripod with Mac Group’s MeFoto Roadtrip Tripod. Choose from 12 colors and 792 combinations.


It was like science class at InterBEE — where AJA introduced their new Ki Pro Ultra. AJA’s  Andy Bellamy starred as your favorite physics teacher (with Eric Hamilton simultaneously translating to Japanese). The Ki Pro Ultra is the latest member of the family. It’s a 4K Recorder/Player with 4.8″ HD Monitor and two AJA Pak Media SSD slots. read more…

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Band Pro Open House 2015 Slideshow

Band Pro’s annual Open House opened on December 10 at their Burbank offices. New Products on display included Leica’s 16mm and 135mm Leica Summilux-C lenses from CW Sonderoptik, IB/E Optics Macro FF Primes, updates to Cinetech Italiana’s Capinera Dolly, Movcam products from 16x9inc,  ZEISS Otus 28mm f/1.4, and much more. Thirty other brands were inside the big white tent for hundreds of attendees to try out and to meet with company representatives. Continue to view the slideshow… read more…


IB/E Optics Macro Full Frame – Updated

The Full Frame (24×36) Cine format race is heating up and focusing closer. A new line of FF Macro Cine Lenses were introduced at the Band Pro Open House on December 10 in Burbank by IB/E President Klaus Eckerl and Band Pro President Amnon Band. The first focal lengths in the new IB/E Macro FF lens family are 100mm T2.9, 150mm T2.9, and 180mm T2.9. They all cover Full Frame (24×36 mm / 44 mm diagonal). Close focus is 1:1 magnification.

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The Calling of Vittorio Storaro

At Camerimage, Director Majid Majidi and Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC presented their film “Muhammad, the Messenger of God.” They were awarded a Special Duo Prize for Director and Cinematographer working together on a film. It will be screened at the Laemmle Music Hall Theater at 9036 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 from Friday December 11 to Thursday December 17.

I met with Vittorio on October 12 at his hotel in New York. He was filming the latest Woody Allen feature, not on film, but on digital. read more…

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Sumo Tenba Cooper Messenger Bags

Sumo wrestling in Japan began as a Shinto ritual and became a sport in the Edo period (1603 – 1868). The original wrestlers may have been samurai or rōnin (freelance samurai). Somewhat like ronin cinematographers or ronin camera assistants who supplement their incomes by designing things. Cooper bags from Tenba were designed as luxury camera bags that can withstand the rigors of abuse on location as… read more…

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Uzumasa: Hollywood of Japan

Uzumasa  is the district of Kyoto that’s also known as the Hollywood of Japan. The first film studio was built in 1926 by Tsumasaburo Bando, the “king of samurai dramas.” It’s now Toei Studios Kyoto. Makino Talkie Studios were built in 1935. It’s now  Shochiku Studios, a few blocks away from Toei—and a short walk along the Daiei Dori, the main street, which is painted like a roll of film, complete with perforations. read more…

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Mixing Anamorphic Lenses on “Ikari”

The following article ran in the November edition of FDTJ — Film and Digital Times Japan — distributed at InterBEE. Here it is in English. Cinematographer Norimichi Kasamatsu, JSC recently completed the feature Ikari using a variety of anamorphic lenses: Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 30-72, 56-152, Hawk V-Lites, Kowa 35-BE. Alexa cameras, Tiffen GlimmerGlass filters.  read more…

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