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.

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 ›

Shot Behind the Shot: Enter the Dragon (1973)

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(Above, top – photo by David Friedman) On the set of Enter the Dragon (1973), cinematographer Gilbert Hubbs frames a handheld shot with the metallic claw of villain Shih Kien in the foreground during the climactic final showdown with Bruce Lee. Lee completed only four starring roles before his death at the age of 32 – with the posthumously released Enter the Dragon being the last.

The behind the scenes pic above comes from a photo spread on the website of American Cinematographer Magazine. You can also buy the 2013 issue of the magazine featuring an Enter the Dragon retrospective on the publication’s website for just $1.

For more in the Shot Behind the Shot series, click here.

Behind the scenes of The Departed (2006)

A collection of set stills from Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winner The Departed (2006). These are just a few pics featured in a collection posted on the Facebook page of American Cinematographer Magazine. All the images were snapped by unit photographer Andrew Cooper. The suspender-sporting gray haired gentlemen in the pics is cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, who collaborated with Scorsese on After Hours, The Color of Money, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, The Age of Innocence, and Gangs of New York.

Pic of the Day: Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Behind the scenes of the making of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands

(Above) On the set of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990). Here’s Burton on his view of the monster as hero, from a 1992 Rolling Stone interview.

Q: Did you identify with the monster (growing up)?

A: Completely! Every kid does. They were always taking the monster and kind of prodding him and poking him, especially the (movies) of the Fifties. The way those movies were structured, the heroes were always these bland actors with no emotion. They were the suburbanites to me.

For more set pics from Burton’s career, check out this gallery spanning all 17 of the director’s features.