John's Bailiwick  |  5/22/2017

    Edward Elgar’s Enigma


    An enduring mystery surrounds a set of orchestral variations Edward Elgar began to compose in late 1898: Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36, known popularly as The Enigma Variations. The work explores a simple theme with 14 variations. In principle, this type of composition is as fundamental to Western music as the concerto, the string quartet or the symphony.

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    Parallax View  |  5/18/2017

    Billy Dickson, ASC Wears Many Hats on Believe

    Writer, director, executive producer and cinematographer Billy Dickson, ASC sets up while shooting main warehouse location.

    When Parallax View last checked in with Billy Dickson, ASC, he was putting the finishing touches on IQ-Supremacy, aka Palmer Supremacy, a web series-turned-feature film that Billy served as writer, producer, director, editor, colorist and visual effects artist, and which served a proof of concept for a new approach to shooting almost entirely against greenscreen.

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    The Film Book  |  5/18/2017

    A Cinematography Preview of Cannes 2017


    The 2017 Cannes International Film Festival has just begun. Although there are a lot of news stories about the films, directors and actors at Cannes, not enough is said about the cinematographers. This post lists some of the films that will be screened in the next 11 days, and identifies some of cinematographers involved. There

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    The Film Book  |  5/15/2017

    Video Interview with Bradford Young, ASC – Part 2


    This is part 2 of a video interview I did with Bradford Young, ASC during Camerimage. Bradford speaks candidly about his experience as an African-American cinematographer, freely “unpacking” the practice of his culture, including the shooting Selma by Ava DuVernay. You may want to look at part 1 if you haven’t already seen it. +++

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    John's Bailiwick  |  4/24/2017

    Josef Schulz: Übergang

    posp23, 2005, C-Print, 120 x 157,4 cm

    Today, as Brexit and newly resurgent nationalist and nativist movements all over Europe flex their revisionist muscles, a series of photographs made by Josef Schulz in the first decade of this century bears vivid but quiet witness to a past that was defined for centuries by borders, tariffs and distrust.

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    The Film Book  |  4/10/2017

    Video Interview with Bradford Young, ASC – Part 1


    This post presents part 1 of a video interview I did with Bradford Young, ASC, during Camerimage. Our discussion was a follow-up to a lively press conference where Bradford spoke at length about his experience as an African-American filmmaker and the political implications of cinema and cinematography. +++ 1. Bradford Young Bradford Young is a

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    John's Bailiwick  |  4/10/2017

    Horseman, Pass By and Hud: From Novel to Film


    On May 21, 1962, a crew from Paramount Studios began 30 days of location filming in the small Texas Panhandle town of Claude, a ranching and farming community southeast of Amarillo, at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 287, Texas State Road 207 and State Farm Road 1151. The working title on the production call sheets was Hud Bannon.

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