Margulies Documents Muralist’s Process with Short Film

Brenda Kaye at work in Eagle, Idaho.

Brenda Kaye at work in Eagle, Idaho.

Michael Margulies, ASC, resides in Eagle, Idaho, and has been teaching at Boise State University for the past five years. A recent project offered him the opportunity to use the skills he honed over a 40-year career as a Hollywood cameraman.

Evolution of a Mural is a 15½-minute film that is a step-by-step depiction of an artist’s creative process. Michael met the artist, Brenda Kaye, as she was finishing a 36’-long mural in Eagle. They had a nice conversation, but that was it. Then, last year, Michael saw that Kaye was starting another mural, one that would be 86’ long and more than 8’ high. Michael asked if he could document the process photographically, and Kaye agreed.

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Okada Tests HDRI with ‘Emma’

A frame grab from EMMA.

A frame grab from EMMA.

Daryn Okada, ASC, has been keeping busy, not only on feature films (most recently Let’s Be Cops and Dolphin Tale 2), but also on a short film that was designed to test the potential of high-dynamic-range imaging. The short, Emma, was directed by Howard Lukk. The shoot took three days and was carried out with a very small crew.

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Byers on ‘Twin Peaks,’ Digital Devolution in TV Cinematography

Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) delivers a memorable lesson in a scene from TWIN PEAKS.

Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) delivers a memorable lesson.

With the recent Blu-ray release of Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery drawing new attention to David Lynch’s landmark production, I took the opportunity to speak with Frank Byers, ASC, who shot 29 episodes of the TV series. (Byers’ ASC colleague Ron Garcia shot the pilot, which he recently discussed in a podcast with American Cinematographer.)

Not long ago, Frank participated in a Twin Peaks symposium at the University of Southern California that included screenings of every episode. I asked him how it felt to see images he had crafted more than 20 years ago.

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Burum on Shooting for Deschanel

At work on THE ESCAPE ARTIST, director Caleb Deschanel (left) and cinematographer Stephen Burum (right) work out a setup with young star Griffin O'Neal.

At work on THE ESCAPE ARTIST, director Caleb Deschanel (left) and cinematographer Stephen Burum (right) work out a setup with young star Griffin O’Neal.

When I heard that Caleb Deschanel, ASC, would receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at Camerimage this year, I asked his ASC colleague and longtime friend Stephen Burum about their early work together, including The Escape Artist (1982). The film was Caleb’s feature-directing debut, and Stephen was the director of photography.

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