Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

Year 2018
Decade – 2010s
Cinematographers – Kramer Morgenthau (IMDB link)
Director – Ramin Bahrani (IMDB link)
Aspect Ratio – 1.78
Distributor – HBO
Genre Sci-Fi
Cameras – Panasonic VariCam 35 (3840×2160 UHD with AVC-Intra compression) for the main cameras; Zenmuse X5S on a DJI Inspire 2 drone for wide aerial shots; GoPro Hero4 Black for point of view shots
Lenses – Zeiss Super Speeds for the main lenses; Panavision Primo zooms and Lensbaby Composor Pros (for flashbacks) were also used
Format Digital; Spherical
Miscellaneous – According to American Cinematographer magazine, Morgenthau favored the 29mm and 40mm Super Speeds and typically shot between a T1.4 and a T2.0. Director Ramin Bahrani’s visual references included Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil and The Trial.
Other Key Words
Opening Credits             Color               Flashbacks             Point of View              Night Exteriors

Further Reading
American Cinematographer magazine’s feature on the film, from the June 2018 issue
CinemaTechnic’s history of the Zeiss Super Speeds
Interview with cinematographer Kramer Morganthau from Panavison’s official site Continue Reading ›

The Shot Behind the Shot – Fahrenheit 451 (2018)

Behind the scenes of HBO's Fahrenheit 451

Behind the scenes of the HBO retelling of Ray Bradbury’s classic sci-fi cautionary tale Fahrenheit 451. Shot by cinematographer Kramer Morganthau on Panasonic’s 4K VariCam 35 with Panavision Super Speed and Ultra Speed legacy primes. The lighting units you see on frame right – both sitting on the ground and perched on the stand – are Arri SkyPanels.

The set pic on the left comes from American Cinematographer magazine’s feature on the film from the June issue, which you can read here.

“Now yous can’t leave” – Bikers vs. Gangsters on the set of A Bronx Tale (1993)

A Bronx Tale behind the scenes

Chazz Palminteri prepares to drag a camera operator across a bar room floor on a sound blanket in order to get a POV shot of Palminteri’s gangster character yanking a biker out of his bar in 1993’s A Bronx Tale. I first saw this one when I rented it from Video Village on VHS when I was 16. It’s still my favorite movie.

Here’s the full bikers vs. gangsters melee from the film.

Aeon Flux (2005)

Year – 2005
Decade – 2000s
Cinematographer – Stuart Dryburgh (IMDB credits)
Director – Karyn Kusama (IMDB credits)
Aspect Ratio – 2.40
Distributor – Paramount, MTV Films
Genre – Action; Sci-Fi
Format – 35mm
Other Key Words
Warm Light       Wide Shots        Extreme Close-Ups      High and Low Angles

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Pic of the Day – Behind the scenes of Solo (2018)

Bradford Young on the set of Solo A Star Wars Story copy

Cinematographer Bradford Young (Arrival, Selma, A Most Violent Year) frames up a handheld shot of Chewbacca on the set of Solo: A Star Wars Story. That’s actor Warwick Davis behind Chewie. Davis first appeared as the Ewok Wicket in Return of the Jedi and has since played various roles in The Phantom Menace, The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi.