Pic of the Day – A miniaturized set from 1998’s Godzilla

Anna Foerster, the Visual Effects Director of Photography: Miniatures on 1998’s Godzilla, takes a spot meter reading on one of the film’s tiny sets. Photo by Isabella Vosmikova.

This pic comes from a must-read piece over at American Cinematographer that traces the shifts in visual effects photography through interviews with effects legends including John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, and Dennis Muren.

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Pic of the Day – Cap hanging from a C-Stand on the set of Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

With T-minus two days remaining before Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, here’s a behind the scenes shot from one of the Infinity Saga’s first entries – 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger.

Pics from a Creative Cow story on the film’s visual effects.

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Pic of the Day – On the set of the original Pet Sematary (1989)

Pet Sematary behind the scenes

(Above) Actor Brad Greenquist in the makeup chair for his role as rotting corpse/guardian angel Victor Pascow in the original Pet Sematary (1989). A remake from Starry Eyes directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch arrives this week.

Both films are based on Stephen King’s 1983 novel, which was inspired by a similarly misspelled graveyard for neighborhood pets located near a house that King rented in 1978 while teaching at the University of Maine.

Pic of the Day – Boris Grinsson’s French poster for The Man from Laramie (1955)

(Above) French artist Boris Grinsson’s take on The Man from Laramie (1955), my favorite of the five westerns Jimmy Stewart and director Anthony Mann made together between 1950 and 1955.

The poster is via Heritage Auctions, which has a half-dozen pieces of Grinsson’s work up for bid over the next month, including his memorable art for Dr. No and The Lost Weekend.

Pic of the Day – On the set of Sunrise (1927), the first Oscar winner for cinematography

On the set of FW Murnau's Sunrise (1927)

Behind the scenes of F.W. Murnau’s 1927 silent classic Sunrise. The film took home three Oscars at the inaugural Academy Awards, including Best Cinematography, an honor shared by Karl Struss and Charles Rosher. Both men worked into the 1950s and earned an additional eight Oscar nominations between them. In the image above, via American Cinematographer, that’s Struss with the notebook walking down the steps next to Murnau. Rosher is riding the dolly with the camera.

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Pic of the Day: French poster for Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1978)

Days of Heaven french poster

The house in Days of Heaven – like Norman Bates’s home in Psycho – was inspired by Edward Hopper’s 1925 painting House by the Railroad. The work of Andrew Wyeth also influenced the film, particularly 1948’s Christina’s World. Both paintings can be seen below (Hopper on top, followed by Wyeth).

The poster comes from the auction site Heritage Auctionswhich features hundreds of incredible news pieces of movie art for sale every week.

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Pic of the Day – The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

The Man Who Fell to Earth poster by Martin Ansin

In honor of the passing of cinematographer turned director Nicolas Roeg, here’s Martin Ansin’s alternative poster for Roeg’s 1976 film The Man Who Fell to Earth. In addition to his own films as director – highlighted by Walkabout (1971) and Don’t Look Now (1973) – Roeg shot The Masque of Red Death (1964) for Roger Corman and Fahrenheit 451 (1966) for Francois Truffaut.

The awesome film site Cinephilia and Beyond has an excellent post about Don’t Look Now to check out that includes Roeg interviews and a copy of the film’s script.