2012 Academy Award Nominees for Best Cinematography

The 2012 Academy Award Nominees for Best Cinematography

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End of the year update: 2011

Hey everyone,

I apologize that I haven’t posted anything in a while. Things have been very busy for me lately but in a good way. I don’t want you to think that I’ve given up on adding new content to my site here so I want to give you all a quick update on where I am and what I’m doing these days.

At the beginning of September I started working for visual effects company called Brickyard VFX located in Boston. They are a company that works on visual effects for television, film and internet. I was brought on board to work at General-Gau the newly launched 3D and character animation division of their company. General-Gau specializes in character animation but also provides 3D work for a wide variety of different projects. General-Gau is helmed by Anders JL Beer who was the animation supervisor on “Paul”. He also worked on such films as “Hellboy II”, “Reign of Fire”, “Lake Placid” and many others.

It is interesting that I have gotten into 3D work since I always put the most time into compositing. Since I have started working in 3D though I am finding that I just love the work and want to take my 3D work as far as I can. I’m working primarily in Maya with a little zbrush thrown in. We are rendering the majority of our work in Vray. I am personally less interested in the animation aspects of 3D and more interested in the live action integration and visual effects aspects of the work. I am also still shooting a fair amount. I am shooting several weekends a month on different projects and will hopefully be starting a couple projects of my own in the near future.

Since I started working for Brickyard and General-Gau in September I have worked on spots for Progressive Insurance, Klondike and Ocean Spray as well as a National Geographic project on Fenway Park. I’ll be posting more work in my gallery once they are broadcast so stay tuned!!


Deconstructing Amelie

Amélie is one of my favorite films. I remember when I saw it for the first time. I watched it on a laptop while sitting in an armchair at my parents house. I had borrowed the DVD from the apprentice of a local potter who’s name escapes me now.

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The mobile blog is now live!

There are a lot of great new features and posts coming soon. I implemented the first of these new features today.

This blog is now optimized for mobile devices. If you have an: Android, bada, blackberry 9800, blackberry9500, blackberry9520, blackberry9530, blackberry9550, dream, iPhone, iPod, incognito, s8000 or webmate this blog will now be much easier to view.


Predictions for 2011 Oscar Nominees for Best Cinematography

The 2011 Academy Award nominees will be announced soon enough. Before they are announced I’m going to make my predictions.

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Martin Scorsese names his scariest 11 horror movies

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Martin Scorsese names his top 15 gangster movies

Here are 15 gangster pictures that had a profound effect on me and the way I thought about crime and how to portray it on film. They excited me, provoked me, and in one way or another, they had the ring of truth.

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The Man Who Wasn’t There B&W/Color Comparison

If you are a reader of my blog you may know that one of my favorite cinematographers is Roger Deakins. He has shot some of my all time favorite movies. One of the films he shot for the Coen Brothers was “The Man Who Wasn’t There”. It is a black and white film but it was actually shot in color and then converted to black and white in post production to retain more control over the process. Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” was also shot in the same way.

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Roger Deakins on Avatar’s 2009 Oscar for Best Cinematography

So Avatar won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Cinematography. It was a beautiful film; no doubt about that. However, I feel as a film that was mostly digital it isn’t really fair to pit it against a bunch of live action films. Both of them take skill to make, but you can make images in a computer that you just can’t make in real life. You can put lights places you can’t put them in real life. You can place the camera anywhere and have it move anywhere at any speed; have the focal length change to whatever you want it to be at the touch of a button. You can do virtually anything with digitally created lights and cameras without costing the production any more money. One light in a digital scene won’t cost any more than an array of 10,000 lights. Again, I’m not knocking the cinematography in this film. But I feel like the deck is stacked against live action since they have the constraints of space, money, camera size and weight, etc. to contend with.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Top 20 Movies Since 1992

Quentin Tarantino lists his Top 20 favorite movies made since he directed his first movie in 1992. You can’t argue with these, he’s not saying they are the best, he’s just saying they were his favorites. Fair enough. I’ve seen 12 of the 20. And many of them are very good. “Battle Royale” and “Shaun of the Dead” are two of my personal favorites as well.
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