Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick Duo Joseph Kosinski and Claudio Miranda Discuss Challenging Sailing Scene at Camerimage; Tease Formula One Project

Director Joseph Kosinski and Cinematographer Claudio Miranda teamed up to introduce Top Gun: Maverick to a rapturous audience at the 30th EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival over the weekend. Viewers cheered the movie’s aerial battle sequences and continued applauding throughout the closing cast credits. Camerimage is famous for its enthusiastic fans, but even by festival standards, the response was overwhelming. Kosinski and Miranda sat for a post-screening Q&A session, where the […]

Florian Hoffmeister

TÁR Cinematographer Florian Hoffmeister on Technocranes, Tracking Shots, and Cate Blanchett’s Haunting Laugh

Todd Field‘s drama TÁR, the director’s first feature in 16 years, is a must-see thanks to Cate Blanchett‘s towering performance alone, but the film’s other standout element is its cinematography, courtesy of Florian Hoffmeister. Blanchett stars as Lydia Tár, a world-renowned composer who’s on top of the world when certain allegations are made against her and her kingdom begins to crumble. Charting her meteoric rise and stunning fall, TÁR charts the […]

Luc Montpellier

Women Talking DP Luc Montpellier on Why He Was, Oddly Enough, the Right Man for the Job on Sarah Polley’s Female-Led Drama

Miriam Toews’ 2018 novel Women Talking presents a fascinating and thought-provoking scenario partially inspired by real-life events at a Mennonite colony where a group of men repeatedly attacked and sexually assaulted more than 100 women. Bringing that story to the screen was no doubt a difficult task, one for which writer-director Sarah Polley was particularly well-suited. To ensure that the film had the proper look and feel, Polley brought on […]

Don't Worry Darling

Don’t Worry Darling Cinematographer Matthew Libatique on the Film’s 1950s Aesthetic and Its Climactic Chase Sequence in the Desert

Olivia Wilde made quite the jump from Booksmart to Don’t Worry Darling, but she didn’t navigate those uncharted waters alone, as she wisely surrounded herself with a crew full of industry veterans, including Cinematographer Matthew Libatique. Don’t Worry Darling tells the story of Alice (Florence Pugh) and Jack (Harry Styles), who are living a happy cookie-cutter life in a pastel-colored neighborhood straight out of the 1950s. All is going well until […]

Matthew Chavez

Sidney Cinematographer Matthew Chavez on Shooting Apple’s Sidney Poitier Documentary: “We Just Have to Not F— It Up”

Matthew Chavez wanted to be a director when he first enrolled at USC but life had different plans and he became a cinematographer, finding a niche for himself in the documentary world. Sidney, his latest nonfiction effort, is a documentary about Sidney Poitier, a Hollywood icon, yes, but a man who was so much more than that as well. Now streaming on Apple TV+ following its world premiere at the […]

Darin Moran

The Estate Cinematographer Darin Moran on Loose Comedy, Marvel Action, and Sending Movies to the Small Screen

Dean Craig’s screwball comedy The Estate follows a group of adult cousins played by Toni Collette, Anna Faris, David Duchovny, and Rosemarie DeWitt as they fight to convince their curmudgeonly aunt who is terminally ill (Kathleen Turner) to leave her grand estate to them. For this over-the-top experience, Craig needed to create a loose and accessible feel, which he did with the help of Cinematographer Darin Moran. Moran is a […]

Chaim Kantor

Chaim Kantor Named Interim National Executive Director of ICG, Where He’ll Succeed Rebecca Rhine

Chaim Kantor has been named interim National Executive Director of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600), it was announced Thursday by Baird B. Steptoe, the National President of the ICG. Kantor succeeds Rebecca Rhine, who stepped down in September and promptly took a position at the DGA. Kantor’s appointment was unanimously confirmed by the guild’s National Executive Board and he now has “the authority to exercise direct supervision over […]

Smile movie

Smile DP Charlie Sarroff Reveals Which Films He Turned to for Visual Inspiration, and How He Made Sosie Bacon’s Heroine Feel Vulnerable and Lonely

Paramount’s hit horror movie Smile has exceeded everyone’s expectations, especially considering it was originally intended for the studio’s streaming service. The film has grossed nearly $170 million worldwide on a reported production budget of just $17 million, extending Paramount’s year-long winning streak. Expanded from writer-director Parker Finn‘s short film Laura Hasn’t Slept, the feature stars Sosie Bacon, whose laser-focused performance as psychiatrist Rose Cotter has resonated with viewers. Also crucial to […]

C. Kim Miles

Lost Ollie Cinematographer C. Kim Miles on His Big Break, Meeting Mark Hamill, & How Welcome to Marwen Helped Prepare Him for Netflix’s Family Series

C. Kim Miles grew up in Malaysia, where there were just three available TV channels, only one of which presented programs in English. He recalls Saturday mornings soaking in Indian, Hindu, and Telugu movies with his mom, who happened to dabble in photography as a hobby. Those early experiences proved to be, pardon the pun, his first exposure to moving images and creating imagery, and they paved the way for […]

100 Foot Wave

100 Foot Wave DP Mike Prickett on Drones, Water Safety, and the Relationship Between Shooters & Surfers

HBO’s limited series 100 Foot Wave focuses on Garrett McNamara as he sets out to conquer the world’s tallest waves. Filmed in various surfing locations around the world, the series features jaw-dropping footage of some of the most extreme swells of all time. A top surfer for decades, McNamara is joined in Nazaré, Portugal, by elite athletes such as Kai Lenny, CJ Macias, Andrew Cotton, and Maya Gabeira — all […]