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2018 Society of Camera Operators Awards

February 2018
2018 Society of Camera Operators Awards

Several themes come to mind after attending the 2018 SOC (Society of Camera Operators) Lifetime Achievement Awards, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel February 3rd. Award winners and presenters alike expressed their overwhelming passion for visual storytelling and love of the filmmaking process. They thanked mentors, supporters and collaborators – their film families, and simultaneously... »

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The First Female Cinematographer Nominated For The Academy Award Rachel Morrison – Mudbound

January 2018
The First Female Cinematographer Nominated For The Academy Award Rachel Morrison – <em>Mudbound</em>

Rachel Morrison’s cinematography in director Dee Rees’ Mudbound masterfully illustrates the story of two intertwined families, one black and one white, on a Mississippi farm in 1940s post WWII. The story follows the white McAllan family, Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan), younger brother Jamie (Garrett Hedlund), and his racist father Pappy (Jonathan... »

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Director Series: Sean Baker – The Florida Project

January 2018
Director Series: Sean Baker – <em>The Florida Project</em>

Sean Baker’s The Florida Project was inspired by news articles about the affordable housing crisis – the “hidden homeless” who are living in cheap motels week to week. The film is set in Orlando, FL, the home of Disney World, which provided the visual juxtaposition of poverty and fantasy. Baker met his co-writer, Chris... »

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Academy Award Nominee: Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel Creates Visual Dissonance In Darkest Hour

January 2018
Academy Award Nominee: Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel Creates Visual Dissonance In <em>Darkest Hour</em>

Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel’s high contrast lighting and fast paced camera movement propel the story of Darkest Hour, illustrating an in depth study of Winston Churchill’s personality and character during the precarious weeks leading up to the Dunkirk evacuation during WWII. This was Delbonnel’s first time working with director Joe Wright. Wright sent the script... »

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Barry Ackroyd’s Verité – Detroit

January 2018
Barry Ackroyd’s Verité – <em>Detroit</em>

Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd teams up with Kathryn Bigelow again (The Hurt Locker) to shoot Detroit, a harrowing view into the 12th Street Riot of 1967 and the violent police raid on the Algiers Motel. Ackroyd’s tension filled style is reminiscent of American ‘Direct Cinema’ documentary filmmakers of the 1960s and 70s.  The handheld movement... »

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Contender: Cinematographer Alexis Zabe – The Florida Project

January 2018
Contender: Cinematographer Alexis Zabe – <em>The Florida Project</em>

Cinematographer Alexis Zabe captures a colorful innocence in director Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, which follows the summertime story of a six-year-old girl and her young mother, who live in a budget motel near Disney World. Zabe had previously worked with Baker on a short film, where the “communication worked really well.” “I really... »

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Contenders: Production Designer Sarah Greenwood and Art Director Katie Spencer – Darkest Hour

January 2018
Contenders: Production Designer Sarah Greenwood and Art Director Katie Spencer – <em>Darkest Hour</em>

Darkest Hour takes place during the four weeks leading up to the evacuation of Dunkirk, when Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) took over as Prime Minister of Britain. Sarah Greenwood (Production Designer) and Katie Spencer (Art Director) reunite with director Joe Wright to create the sets reflecting this extremely tense period in WWII history. As... »

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Contender: Cinematographer Sam Levy – Lady Bird

January 2018
Contender: Cinematographer Sam Levy – <em>Lady Bird</em>

Sam Levy’s naturalistic cinematography, in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut of Lady Bird is meticulously crafted. The story follows the contentious relationship between Christine ‘Lady Bird,’ a high school senior played by Saoirse Ronan, and Marion, her mother, played by Laurie Metcalf. Levy and Gerwig had already worked together on Frances Ha, Maggie’s Plan and... »

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Contender: Cinematographer Sam Levy – Lady Bird

January 2018
Contender: Cinematographer Sam Levy – Lady Bird

Sam Levy’s naturalistic cinematography, in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut of Lady Bird, is meticulously crafted. The story follows the contentious relationship between Christine ‘Lady Bird,’ a high school senior played by Saoirse Ronan, and Marion, her mother, played by Laurie Metcalf. Levy and Gerwig had already worked together on Frances Ha, Maggie’s Plan and... »

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Contender: Composer Marcelo Zarvos – Wonder

January 2018
Contender: Composer Marcelo Zarvos – <em>Wonder</em>

Marcelo Zarvos composes a touching score for Stephen Chbosky’s Wonder, based on R.J. Palacio’s heartwarming children’s novel. Auggie (Jacob Tremblay), born with a facial deformity is about to start the 5th grade in a traditional school after being homeschooled his whole life. His family is protective and supportive as Auggie has to face the... »

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