Collister Tackles Extreme Action for New ‘Point Break’

Angel Falls, Venezuela, a location for the new POINT BREAK.

Angel Falls, Venezuela, a location for the new POINT BREAK.

Peter Lyons Collister, ASC, has spent the last four months shooting second unit for Point Break, a remake of the 1991 action movie directed by Kathryn Bigelow and shot by Don Peterman, ASC. The new film, directed and shot by Ericson Core, expands upon the original, which has become something of a cult favorite. In addition to surfing and skydiving action, the new Point Break will include wingsuit flying, snowboarding and extreme mountain climbing. The assignment will take Peter to Angel Falls in Venezuela, and to Switzerland and Mumbai. Several other units are working, including one that’s shooting big-wave surfing in Tahiti.

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Geddes on Invention, from Shorts to ‘Under the Dome’

David Geddes, ASC, CSC (right), preps a scene with actor John Noble for the short film FRIEND.

David Geddes, ASC, CSC (right), preps a scene with actor John Noble for the short film FRIEND.

David Geddes, ASC, CSC, checked in from a fishing trip in Vancouver, where he was relaxing after finishing the second season of Under the Dome in Wilmington, N.C. Prior to that assignment, David worked on the series Almost Human, sharing episodes with two other cinematographers, and on Fringe, where he shot 10 episodes.

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Deschanel on ‘Creating Art by Default’

At work on THE BLACK STALLION, cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (left) and director Carroll Ballard prep a scene with actors Mickey Rooney and Kelly Reno.

At work on THE BLACK STALLION, cinematographer Caleb Deschanel checks the light on Mickey Rooney as director Carroll Ballard stands by. Seated at left is the film’s young star, Kelly Reno.

Shortly after Camerimage announced that Caleb Deschanel, ASC, would receive the lifetime-achievement honor at this year’s festival in November, I caught up with Caleb by phone. He had just finished shooting Warren Beatty’s long-gestating Howard Hughes project. I asked him if the Camerimage honor made him reflective about his career as a whole, and whether he had any pearls of wisdom to share at this stage of the journey.

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Szalay: From ‘Immigrant Kid’ to ASC Member in 40 Short Years

Setting up a shot for THE BRIDGE are (foreground, from left) A-camera operator Dave Frederick; director of photography Attila Szalay, ASC; A-camera 2nd AC Sal Alvarez; and DIT Enrique Del Rio. In the background are 1st AD Jeremiah Acerra (left) and 2nd AD Matt Ja​nssen.

Setting up a shot for THE BRIDGE are (from left) A-camera operator Dave Frederick; director of photography Attila Szalay, ASC; A-camera 2nd AC Sal Alvarez; and DIT Enrique Del Rio. In the background are 1st AD Jeremiah Acerra and 2nd AD Matt Janssen.

Attila Szalay, ASC, one of the Society’s newest members, recently spoke with me, just after wrapping season two of the FX series The Bridge in Los Angeles.

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