Behind the Scenes: Ant-Man (2015)

Behind the scenes of Ant-Man

A few photos from the set of Ant-Man (2015), a welcome shrinking-down of the rapidly expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe in terms of scale, stakes and bombast.

The film was shot mainly with Arri Alexa XT digital cameras and Panavision Primo V prime lenses, though its intricate effects work required Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter (Titanic, True Lies) to employ everything from the high-speed Phantom Flex to the Canon 5D Mark III DSLR. You can read about the film’s production in the August issue of American Cinematographer Magazine and in the next issue of the quarterly effects bible Cinefex.

For more Marvel behind the scenes pics, check out our spreads featuring set photos from Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers. Continue Reading ›

Behind the Scenes: Trainwreck (2015)

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“A general way of looking at it is when you turn the camera on with Judd, (the film magazine) is going to roll out. There’s no quick, grabbed thing. The camera is rolling for 15 minutes and when there are two 35mm cameras rolling for 15 minutes, it’s a lot of film…That’s very much the way that Judd works.” – Trainwreck cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes.

I had the opportunity to interview Trainwreck director of photography Jody Lee Lipes (Tiny Furniture, Martha Marcy May Marlene) for Filmmaker Magazine. Check out the story here. Continue onward for a gallery of behind the scenes pics from the movie, which was shot mainly on Arricam LT and Arricam Studio 35mm cameras with Kodak stock and Cooke 5i lenses. Continue Reading ›

Behind the Scenes: Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)

Tim Burton Behind the scenes of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

“There’s a lotta things about me you don’t know anything about, Dottie. Things you wouldn’t understand. Things you couldn’t understand. Things you shouldn’t understand.” – Pee-Wee Herman, rebel

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release date of Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985), star and co-writer Paul Reubens has put up a few rare behind the scenes stills on his website. Here’s a sampling. Check out Reubens’s sight for more. Continue Reading ›

Five Frames with Body Parts writer/director Eric Red


I turned 13 in the winter of 1990. It’s not a touchstone of youth with many official perks. There’s no driver’s license. No right to vote. No bars. Just skin blemishes, hormones and general awkwardness. However, my entry into teendom came with one important fringe benefit – my parents declared me mature enough to partake in horror movies in the theater. And partake I did. From Misery and The Silence of the Lambs to Candyman and Dr. Giggles, if a horror film hit theaters, I was there.

That era is now viewed as a time of relative dormancy for the genre between cresting slasher movie cycles, but I still hold great affection for those films. That includes 1991’s Body Parts. A variation on The Hands of Orlac, Body Parts stars Jeff Fahey as a criminal psychologist who has the arm of a murderer transplanted onto his body with predictably grisly results.

Body Parts writer/director Eric Red – the scribe of The Hitcher and Near Dark – revisited the film with me nearly 25 years after its initial release. Continue Reading ›

50 Behind the Scenes pics for Jaws’ 40th Anniverssary

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Ben Gardner’s severed head still gets ’em. I caught a 40th Anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) yesterday as part of the Cinemark theater chain’s Classic Series, and when the bloated, bulging-eyed cranium of doomed fisherman Ben Gardner popped up through a hole in his boat, most of the audience jumped out of their seats just as they had four decades ago when Jaws – for better or for worse – forever changed the idea of a summer blockbuster.

Here’s a look back at the making of the film, which remains a lean, brutally efficient B-movie made by A-list talent. For further reading, check out this 1975 feature on the film in American Cinematographer courtesy of the blog The Bearded Trio. Continue Reading ›