Okada Shares HDRI Discoveries

A scene from the HDRI test film Emma. (Credit: Pannon Entertainment, Inc.)

A scene from the HDRI test film Emma. (Credit: Pannon Entertainment, Inc.)

Last summer, I spoke to Daryn Okada, ASC, about his cinematography on the short film Emma, a thriller directed by Howard Lukk that was designed to gauge the potential of high-dynamic-range imaging, or HDRI. I recently reconnected with Daryn to find out whether there had been any surprises in the postproduction and screening stages of the project, which premiered at SMPTE’s Hollywood Symposium in the fall. His answer was yes.

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Van der Veken Finds Few Borders in Filmmaking

Stijn van der Veken, ASC, SBC, at work on Alles Voor Lena. (Credit: Caviar Content)

Stijn van der Veken, ASC, SBC, at work on Alles Voor Lena. (Credit: Caviar Content)

Stijn van der Veken, ASC, SBC, is one of two ASC members who are also members of the Belgian Society of Cinematographers. Willy Kurant, ASC, is an honorary member of the SBC, which was founded in 1993 with the help and encouragement of Luciano Tovoli, ASC, AIC, and Pierre Lhomme, AFC. That’s fine company, indeed.

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Beristain Brings 1940s Hollywood into Digital Era for Agent Carter

Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in a scene from the ABC series Agent Carter. (Credit: ABC)

Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) in a scene from the Marvel TV series Agent Carter. (Credit: ABC)

I spoke to Gabriel Beristain, ASC, BSC, recently about his work on Marvel’s period TV series Agent Carter, and that sparked an interesting conversation about the evolution of filmmaking technology. Gabriel is using a combination of the latest digital technologies and analog techniques to achieve a look that harks back to the late 1940s — or at least to the movies that shaped our idea of how that period looked. The production design, color palette and the design of the visual effects all contribute mightily, of course.

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Zielinski Moves to Director’s Chair

Edward (Robert Wieckiewicz) is a corporate executive who experiences a life-changing event in King of Life.

Edward (Robert Wieckiewicz) is a corporate executive who experiences a life-changing event in King of Life, directed by Jerzy Zielinski, ASC, PSC. (Photo: Albert Zawada/Agora)

When I saw Jerzy Zielinski, ASC, PSC, at Camerimage in Poland, he was taking a short break from the editing room in Warsaw, where he was assembling his feature-directing debut. The film is titled King of Life, and Jerzy hopes to have the project locked in time to attend the ASC Awards in Los Angeles next month.

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