Frame by Frame – Guava Island (2019)

Year2019
Decade2010s
CinematographerChristian Sprenger (imdb) (official site)
DirectorHiro Murai
Aspect Ratio1.33
DistributorAmazon
GenreMusical
CamerasArri Alexa LF
Lenses – Canon K-35
Format
 –  Digital

Categories
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Opening Credits
Wide Shots
Close-Ups
Montage
Lens Flare
Symmetry

The Movie
A musician on a tropical island (Deni, played by Donald Glover) runs afoul of the local despot when the former’s celebratory musical festival threatens the productivity of the latter’s silk factory. Shot with intentionally minimal publicity last year in Cuba, the short film (its runtime is a brisk 55 minutes including interludes from Glover’s musical alter ego Childish Gambino) combines many of the talents behind the FX show Atlanta. Among them is cinematographer Christian Sprenger, who pulls off the magic trick of making the Alexa LF look like vintage 16mm film.
Guava Island is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. Check out some behind the scenes pics of the shoot on Sprenger’s Instagram feed.  Continue Reading ›

Frame by Frame: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Year1968
Decade1960s
CinematographerGeorge Romero
DirectorGeorge Romero
Aspect Ratio1.37
GenreHorror, Zombie
Camera – Arri 35 IIC (More on the Arri 35 II series of cameras)
Format35mm; Black and White
Production Info – Budget of $114,000 and shot in 30 days, which were spread out over seven months as Romero took breaks to tend to his Pittsburgh commercial production company
Key Words – Close-Ups

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The Movie
A group of bickering survivors hole up in an isolated farmhouse besieged by the undead in George Romero’s immeasurably influential Night of the Living Dead. The film redefined not only the zombie movie but the horror genre itself, drawing a clear line of demarcation between the genre’s history of gothic monsters and enlarged radioactive creatures and the more angry, violent and transgressive contemporary horror of the 1970s. In commemoration of Night of the Living Dead’s 50th anniversary, I’m looking back at some of my favorite frames from Romero’s directorial debut. Continue Reading ›

Frame By Frame: The End of the F***ing World (2017)

Year  2017
Decade2010s
Cinematographer – Justin Brown (episodes 1-5), Ben Fordesman (episodes 5-8),
Director – Jonathan Entwistle (episodes 1-5), Lucy Tcherniak (5-8)
Aspect Ratio1.78, 1.33 (flashback scenes)
Distributor – Netflix
Genre  Drama; Road Movie
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