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‘The Old Man & The Gun’ DP Joe Anderson Gives Camera A “Twinkle In The Eye” For Memorable Robert Redford Tribute

In his first film as David Lowery's cinematographer, The Old Man & the Gun's Joe Anderson got the opportunity to work with a legend—to celebrate a career's worth of magnetic turns from the iconic Robert Redford, with images to mirror his signature charm. Based on a New Yorker article by David Grann, and following up on the Sundance alum's collaboration with Redford on Pete's Dragon, the light and comedic crime drama casts Redford as Forrest Tucker, an infamously charming… Read


Fox DP Lab Announces Inaugural Class Of Eight Female Cinematographers

The “inaugural class” of eight female cinematographers participating in the first-ever Fox DP Lab program were announced today (see entire list below). The lab, sponsored by 21st Century Fox and the American Film Institute, is designed to expand opportunities for female cinematographers by connecting participants with working professionals. The lab takes place today and tomorrow on the Fox lot in Los Angeles. Participants will visit the sets of Fox-produced comedies Speech… Read


‘The Favourite’ DP Robbie Ryan Brings Fisheye Lenses & Fluid, Roving Camera To Yorgos Lanthimos’ Madcap Period Piece

Even as an admirer of bold filmmaking, cinematographer Robbie Ryan had his mettle tested on The Favourite, choreographing the moves of an unorthodox, restless camera for a demanding Greek auteur. The outgrowth of past cinematic experiments, Yorgos Lanthimos' latest defies all expectations of the British costume drama. Set in 18thcentury England, the black comedy examines a love triangle between a Queen, a duchess and a servant. Going into The Favourite, Ryan knew the… Read


Annapurna’s ‘Vice’ & ‘Beale Street’: The American Dream Warped And Deferred – The Contenders LA

Barry Jenkins Amy Adams

At Deadline’s The Contenders Los Angeles today, Annapurna Pictures showed off two dramas from their impressive awards-season slate, and a unifying concern emerged: The American Dream, and the ways it has changed over time. While members of the privileged class have bent it into a new, baser shape, for those less fortunate, it’s often denied altogether. The first of the two films at hand was Adam McKay’s Vice, his follow-up to The Big Short, which took on the 2008… Read

Awards News

ICG Publicists Awards Set For February

The International Cinematographers Guild (ICG, IATSE Local 600) said today that its 56th annual ICG Publicists Awards will be handed out Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton. Nominations will be announced in January. The awards, a pre-Oscar tradition for the week leading up to the Academy Awards, will be presented in the following categories: Motion Picture Showman of the Year, Television Showman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Maxwell Weinberg Publicist Award… Read


The ‘First Man’ Team Remain Unfazed By Donald Trump’s Criticisms: “We Encourage The President To Come See The Film” – Toronto Studio

After opening the Venice Film Festival to largely positive reviews, Damien Chazelle was keen to share the love for his Neil Armstrong biopic First Man by bringing screenwriter Josh Singer, cinematographer Linus Sandgren and production designer Nathan Crowley with him when he dropped by the Deadline studio at the Toronto Film Festival. Acknowledging that the film was something of a departure for him, after the 2016 Oscar favorite La La Land, Chazelle suggested that the… Read


‘Ozark’ Cinematographer Ben Kutchins Wades Into Highly Cinematic, Extremely Dark Realism With Netflix Crime Drama

As he set out on Season 1 of Netflix crime drama Ozark, cinematographer Ben Kutchins' challenging objective was clear: to visually shape a world that was both highly cinematic and "grounded at all times,” a world where brutal psychological and physical violence go hand in hand. Following a series of conversations with Jason Bateman—who directs and executive produces, while leading the cast—this notion of toeing a specific line manifested itself artistically in a variety… Read


Ronnie Taylor Dies: Oscar-Winning ‘Gandhi’ Cinematographer Was 93


Ronnie Taylor, the British cinematographer who shared an Oscar for Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi and whose collaborations with that director and Ken Russell produced some of the most memorable films of their eras, died August 3 in Ibiza. He was 93 and had suffered a stroke months earlier. His death was announced by The British Society of Cinematographers, where Taylor served as president from 1990-1992. In addition to Gandhi, Taylor’s work with Attenborough includes… Read


‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ DP Colin Watkinson On Creating Aesthetic Of Dystopian Hulu Drama – Production Value Video Series

Colin Watkinson The Handmaid's Tale

Helping to establish an aesthetically singular world with Season 1 of Hulu’s dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale, cinematographer Colin Watkinson received his first Emmy for his efforts, and returned to expand the series’ visual boundaries in Season 2. Watkinson recently sat down at Hulu’s offices for Deadline’s Production Value video series to discuss his craft, and the thinking that went into defining the look of Bruce Miller’s drama based on Margaret Atwood’s… Read


‘The Rest Of Us,’ Female Driven Babe Nation Creations Feature, Starts Shoot

Principal photography has begun in Toronto on Aisling Chin-Yee’s directorial debut, The Rest of Us, the first feature film from female-driven production company Babe Nation Creations. Aisling Chin-Yee (Synesthesia, Sound Asleep) will direct the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship quarterfinalist screenplay of the same name written by first-time screenwriter Alanna Francis. The dramedy stars Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, The Hangover), Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief, The Grea… Read


Erik Messerschmidt Rises To Become David Fincher’s DP With ‘Mindhunter’ – Production Value Video Series

Erik Messerschmidt first worked with David Fincher as a Gone Girl gaffer—in collaboration with DP Jeff Cronenweth. But Messerschmidt got his chance to mine the auteur’s rich, iconic aesthetic as cinematographer of Netflix’s crime drama Mindhunter. Created by Joe Penhall, with Fincher on as a director and executive producer, the 1970s-set series follows two FBI agents (played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) who look to expand criminal science by delving into the… Read


‘The Alienist’ Cinematographer P.J. Dillon Captures The Elegance & The Seedy Underbelly Of Gilded Age New York

No stranger to serial killer series and period dramas of all kinds, cinematographer P.J. Dillon found his latest great challenge on TNT drama The Alienist, looking to capture both the ornate architecture and the seedy underbelly of 19thcentury New York. Certainly, this is a place and time that has been well documented on screen, through films including The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York. But with The Alienist, Dillon worked with production designer Mara… Read