Shot Behind the Shot: Enter the Dragon (1973)


(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.

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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.

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 ›

Pic of the Day: First Blood (1982)


Sylvester Stallone on the set of First Blood

(Above) Sylvester Stallone in the midst of an action scene during the making of First Blood (1982). Stallone followed up this first Rambo outing – the actor’s biggest non-Rocky hit at the time – by turning down Romancing the Stone to appear in 1984’s Rhinestone.

The role of Rambo’s former commanding officer – ultimately played by Richard Crenna – was initially filled by Kirk Douglas. That did not go so well. Here’s director Ted Kotcheff on Douglas’ exit from the project, via an interview with Filmmaker Magazine. Continue Reading ›

Pic of the Day: The Last Days of Disco (1998)

Behind the scenes of Whit Stillman's The Last Days of Diso

Actress Chloë Sevigny peers through the camera’s viewfinder on the set of Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco (1998). More than a dozen years would pass before Stillman returned with 2011’s Damsels in Distress. The photo comes courtesy of The Criterion Collection, which shared an album of Stillman set pics to promote the release of a triple feature of the director’s work including Disco, Barcelona, and Metropolitan.