Fraser Tests LEDs’ New Possibilities

Cinematographer Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS, at work with director Andrew Dominik (right) on Killing Them Softly. (Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon/The Weinstein Co.)

Cinematographer Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS (at camera), working with director Andrew Dominik on Killing Them Softly. (Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon, SMPSP/The Weinstein Co.)

Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS, has been testing LED fixtures lately, and he is excited to share the results with fellow lovers of light. He is currently making use of LEDs on Garth Davis’ feature Lion, the tale of a boy who loses his family on the streets of Calcutta and tries to find them 25 years later. Greig says that there are four or five RGBW or RGBAW fixtures that he would use on a show “in a heartbeat.”

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Denault on Trumbo, Finding Personal in Political

A promotional still for Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

A promotional still for Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. (Credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle)

I reached Jim Denault, ASC, in Dallas, where he was prepping the pilot for a half-hour HBO comedy with Mike White. Our conversation centered mostly on stories with a political backdrop. A case in point is his upcoming feature Trumbo, which stars Bryan Cranston as screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was blacklisted in the 1940s for being a Communist. The film, which also stars Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman and Louis C.K., is scheduled for release in November. The director is Jay Roach, with whom Denault has made The Campaign, Game Change, Dinner for Schmucks and Recount. (Roach’s résumé also includes three Austin Powers comedies, as well as Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers.)

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Michos Finds Music on Both Sides of Camera

A scene from the Rolling Stones documentary Shine a Light. Anastas Michos, ASC, was a camera operator on the project.

A scene from Shine a Light, on which Anastas Michos, ASC, was one of several camera operators.

In my recent wide-ranging conversation with Anastas Michos, ASC, he mentioned several fascinating projects he’s involved with, including a documentary on the Vienna Boys Choir that will take him to Kenya, Lapland, Israel and Cambodia, among other countries. That film, directed by Curt Faudon and as yet untitled, is related to an earlier project, Silk Road, which celebrates the 400-year-old choir’s universal message of peace. Another recent project for Tas was a documentary about David Leffel, an oil painter who has been called the American Rembrandt. A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake was yet another assignment; shot in South Africa, it documents a play about translators who worked to disseminate information about the crimes of apartheid. (South Africa has 11 official national languages.)

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Stoffers on Old Collaborators, New Europe

Director Mike van Diem (right) and cinematographer Rogier Stoffers, ASC, NSC (next to him), film a scene for De Surprise in Germany.

I tracked down Rogier Stoffers, ASC, NSC, at his 10-acre horse ranch near Austin, Texas. His most recent project reunited him with director Mike van Diem, with whom he made Alaska, which won the Foreign Student Film Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 1990, and Character, which won a Golden Frog at Camerimage and the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film in 1998. Aside from commercials, Van Diem had not directed in the interim, despite several false starts.

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