The Shot Behind the Shot – Elf (2003)

I found a few images of behind the scenes set-ups on the Blu-ray featurettes of Elf. They offer a glimpse into how cinematographer Greg Gardiner used forced perspective to create the illusion that Will Ferrell’s Buddy the Elf towers over his North Pole counterparts.

Check out more in the Shot Behind the Shot series.

Behind the scenes of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

With the latest installment of the Star Wars saga now out on Blu-ray and VOD, I culled together a few behind the scenes pics from the Making Of videos available over at the official Star Wars website and Industrial Light & Magic’s YouTube Channel.

Set Pics of the Day: The Last Jedi (2017) gallery

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
Who the Devil Shot It: cinematographer Steve Yedlin
Director: Rian Johnson

Photos from the official Star Wars website. The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th.

Also check out this sprawling gallery of posters from across the Star Wars saga.

Behind the scenes of Alien:Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant: (2017)
Who the Devil Shot It: cinematographer Dariusz Wolski
Director: Ridley Scott
Cameras: Arri Alexa XT and Alexa Mini
Lenses: Angenieux Optimo DP Rouge 16-42mm and 30-80mm zooms, Panavision 19-90mm Primo Compact Zoom, and Panavision PVintage primes

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Set stills from David Lowery’s A Ghost Story

Banner photo courtesy of A Ghost Story cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo

Put together a few behind the scene pics from A Ghost Story, a rumination on mortality, time, and humanity’s place in the cosmos from writer/director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon).

Check out this interview I did with the movie’s cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo for Filmmaker Magazine. I also highly recommend American Cinematographer Magazine’s feature on the film from the August issue.

Tech Info
Aspect Ratio: 1.33
Camera: Arri Alexa Mini (2.8K ProRes, 4:3 mode)
Lenses: Panavision Super Speeds and Ultra Speeds, Panavision Primo Zooms

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 ›

The films of Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino and Vilmos Zsigmod on the set of Heaven's Gate

Compiled this collection of posters and set stills from the career of Michael Cimino, who passed last week. The images come from a variety of sources, but many are via Heritage Auctions, Behind the Clapperboard, and Cinephilia and Beyond. Continue Reading ›