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)


(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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Shot Behind the Shot: Swiss Army Man (2016)

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(Above) The practical portion of one of Swiss Army Man’s many inventive effects that give superhuman powers to flatulent corpse Manny (Daniel Radcliffe). Here’s the film’s cinematographer Larkin Seiple on the various fake Radcliffes constructed for the movie, via an interview with Seiple I did for Filmmaker Magazine. Continue Reading ›

The Shot Behind the Shot: Midnight Special (2016)

Behind the scenes of Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special

The set-up behind a shot in Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special, lensed in 35mm with Panavision Millennium XL2 cameras and G Series anamorphic lenses. For more in the Shot Behind the Shot series, click here.

Here’s the film’s cinematographer Adam Stone on the search for this scene’s location – via an interview in Filmmaker Magazine.

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Shot Behind the Shot: The Nice Guys (2016)

The Nice Guys behind the scenes

The soundstage set-up for The Nice Guys’ “killer bee” dream sequence. Here’s the film’s cinematographer Philippe Rousselot on why he prefers shooting driving scenes on the stage rather than practically, from an interview I did with the Oscar-winning DP for Filmmaker Magazine.

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