Shot Behind the Shot: Key Largo (1948)

Behind the scenes of Key Largo

A set-up on John Huston’s 1948 noir Key Largo for a scene in which a centenarian Native American woman bums a cigarette off Humphrey Bogart’s vagabond ex-army captain. The film marked the final of four pairings of Bogart and wife Lauren Bacall.

Released the same year as Huston and Bogart’s Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo finds Bogart and gangster Edward G. Robinson squaring off in a Florida hotel besieged by a hurricane.

Pic of the Day: Mondo poster for Green Room (2016)

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Prints of Oliver Barrett’s new poster for Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room (2015) will be released today by Mondo. The time of the sale will be announced on Mondo’s Twitter feed.

To read more about the making of the film, check out this interview I did with Green Room cinematographer Sean Porter (Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, 20th Century Women) for Filmmaker Magazine.

 

Pic of the day: German poster for Chinatown (1974)

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American artist Richard Amsel, best known for his original Raiders of the Lost Ark poster, crafted this German ad for the release of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974).

Read the third draft of Robert Towne’s Oscar-winning screenplay here. Below, check out Towne’s opening scene between private eye Jack Nicholson and cuckolded husband Burt Young below:

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On the set of HBO’s Westworld (2016)

Behind the scenes of the making of Westworld

A gallery of behind the scenes images from the first season of HBO’s Westworld, which was shot on Super 35mm with Arri film cameras, Cooke prime lenses, and Fujinon zooms.

To read more about the making of the sci/western hybrid, check out these features from Filmmaker Magazine, American Cinematographer Magazine, ICG Magazine, and Kodak. All the images are courtesy of these sources. Continue Reading ›

Interviews with nominees from the 2017 Academy Awards

The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards were announced today and I’ve been lucky enough to interview a few of those honored this year. Here are the links:

Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer (for Creative Screenwriting)
La La Land cinematographer Linus Sandgren (for Filmmaker Magazine)
Lion cinematographer Greig Fraser (for Filmmaker Magazine)
Moonlight cinematographer James Laxton (for Filmmaker Magazine)