Steadicam operator Larry McConkey talks his Goodfellas Copacabana shot

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas, a film that had such an impact on me as a 12-year-old that – a quarter century later – I still distinctly remember the first time I saw it. It was on HBO and the broadcast began well after midnight yet I stayed up all night to see it through to the end. I never looked at movies the same way again.

So it was my great pleasure to get to chat with Larry McConkey, one of the forefathers of the Steadicam, about his work on the film and its famous Copacabana tracking shot for Filmmaker Magazine. You can read the interview here.

Spring cinematographer and co-director Aaron Moorhead

 

Spring is the rarest of horror film breeds – a genre effort that would function perfectly well shorn of all its macabre elements. It’s one of the few horror films I’d describe as thematically beautiful – a meditation on love and chemical attraction, faith and skepticism, science and magic. The film’s horror comes not from the Lovecraftian creature that belatedly makes its bow, but rather from the shared existential inevitabilities of the human condition.

Aaron Moorhead – who co-directed, co-edited, produced and served as cinematographer – talked to Deep Fried Movies about the making of the genre-bending Spring. He was joined by crew member Will Sampson, who, in keeping with Moorhead’s multi-hyphenate job description, served as 1st Assistant Camera, Steadicam and drone operator, and scorpion wrangler. Continue Reading ›

Behind the Scenes: Chewbacca’s Star Wars photo archive

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In the last two weeks Peter Mayhew, the 7’2″ actor who portrayed Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, has tweeted dozens of behind the scenes pics from the films. Here’s a sampling. For more, check out Mayhew’s Twitter feed @TheWookieRoarsContinue Reading ›