Mankofsky Revisits Somewhere in Time with Fans

Isidore Mankofsky, ASC (left), and director Jeannot Szwarc film Christopher Reeve.

Isidore Mankofsky, ASC (left), and director Jeannot Szwarc capture an angle on Christopher Reeve for Somewhere in Time.

In late October, Isidore Mankofsky, ASC, traveled to Michigan, as he has done for at least 18 years, to the annual Somewhere in Time Weekend at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The event, which draws more than 500 fans of the romantic film, includes screenings, costume promenades and formal dinners. Isidore shot the movie there in 1979, and as an honored guest of the reunion, he makes a popular presentation titled “The Making of the Film.”

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Walker on Truth, Westerns and ACS Gold Winner Tracks

Mandy Walker on location for Tracks.

Mandy Walker on location for Tracks.

Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS, recently checked in from the set of Truth, a feature film about Dan Rather’s abrupt departure from CBS News in 2005 in the wake of reports that raised questions about George W. Bush’s military service during the Vietnam War. Robert Redford portrays Rather, and Cate Blanchett plays CBS producer Mary Mapes, who was fired for her role in the incident. Directed by James Vanderbilt, the production is currently shooting in Australia, in part to allow Blanchett some time close to home.

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McAlpine on Small Films, Technocrats and ‘Wonderful Disasters’

Don McAlpine on set for the Australian production The Dressmaker.

Don McAlpine on set for the Australian production The Dressmaker.

I spoke with Don McAlpine, ASC, ACS, on his day off from The Dressmaker, a feature he is shooting in his native Australia. The film stars Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth and is being directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. The story follows a glamorous woman who returns to a small town in Australia and uses her sewing machine to take creative revenge on those who once did her wrong.

Don says it’s a tragedy with a large dose of comedy, and that his brief is “to do nothing in a normal way.” He is enjoying the chance to shoot some significant day-for-night. The film is not without visual effects — there are some greenscreen shots — but in general, it’s a story told on a human scale, and therefore quite a different undertaking for Don, whose recent credits include Ender’s Game and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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Narita Connects with Parajanov in Tbilisi, Georgia

Hiro Narita, ASC, at a rooftop location Sergei Parajanov used in [em]The Color of Pomegranates[/em].

Hiro Narita, ASC, at a rooftop location filmmaker Sergei Parajanov used in The Color of Pomegranates.

Hiro Narita, ASC, recently returned from Tbilisi, Georgia, where he was an honored guest, lecturer and juror at the Golden Eye International Festival of Cameramen. He was one of four jurors who selected winners in four categories: feature film, television, student project and “best risk” — the latter variously interpreted as a shot that is spectacular or took “incredible guts” to accomplish.

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