Filmmaking - Cinematography


~29 Movies Shot on 35mm Released In 2016

This is my third time rounding up the previous year’s US theatrical releases shot in 35mm, and this year’s number is substantively lower than 2014 (39) and 2015 (~64). This seems like an anomaly, not a permanent trend: following the high-profile…  Read more

By Feb 22, 2017

Witness Project: DP Ben Gaskell on Shooting with Lomo Anamorphic Lenses

Photos courtesy of Todd Westphal/

Ben Gaskell is a freelance cinematographer and DP for Witness Project, a series of short documentaries about oppression. For a recent episode on Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015, Gaskell shot on the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K using old Lomo…  Read more

By Feb 15, 2017

Using Interviews and Animation to Bring the Sniper Documentary Tower to Life

The documentary Tower recounts the day in 1966 that a sniper on the University of Texas Tower killed 14 people and wounded dozens more. The film includes archival footage, interviews with those who were present and animated recreations of the event.…  Read more

By Feb 13, 2017

“You Are Forced to Look Very Carefully”: DP Alan Jacobsen on Strong Island

Strong Island

Hailed by Filmmaker as one of the 25 New Faces of independent cinema in 2011, Yance Ford makes her feature film debut with Strong Island, an intensely personal documentary on the 1992 death of his brother. Ford worked with DP Alan…  Read more

By Jan 29, 2017

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