Pearson on the Art of Shooting Action

Brian Pearson, ASC, at the camera.

Brian Pearson, ASC, at the camera.

Brian Pearson, one of the newest members of the ASC, spoke with me just after he finished working on Life on the Line, a film starring John Travolta and Kate Bosworth that explores the world of high-wire crews who work on the electricity grid despite intense weather.

In recent years, Brian has worked primarily as a first-unit director of photography, but his résumé includes many credits as a second-unit cinematographer on big-budget action features, including I Am Legend and I, Robot. He says his experience in stunts, action and specialty shooting definitely informs his work at the head of a first-unit crew. “I’m very glad I’ve had those second-unit experiences on bigger films,” he says. “They have proven invaluable when you’re telling the action part of a story.”

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Morano’s HDTV Petition Gaining Traction

 

Reed Morano, ASC, at work.

Reed Morano, ASC, at work.

During the latter half of this year, Reed Morano, ASC, has primarily focused on shooting and directing the feature Meadowland. But between stints in the editing room, she has been the driving force behind a petition on Change.org, now nearing 10,000 signatures, to persuade HDTV manufacturers to stop making motion interpolation, a.k.a. smooth motion, the default setting on new TVs. “It’s fair to have the option because it’s a great way to watch sports,” says Reed. “But it really cheapens the look of everything else. If you care about artistic integrity and appreciate cinematography and the cinematic experience, you should sign this petition.”

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Goldblatt Recalls Early Adventures for Canon Documentary

Stephen Goldblatt in a scene from the documentary Bending the Light.

Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC, in a scene from the documentary Bending the Light.

Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC, found time to speak with me during this year’s Camerimage International Film Festival, where he had a film in the Main Competition: Get on Up, the James Brown biopic. In addition, Stephen was featured as an interviewee in Bending the Light, a promotional documentary for Canon lenses directed by Michael Apted that screened at the fest.

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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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