Truth retells the 2004 episode that ended in newsman Dan Rather’s exit from CBS after 43 years with the network. Rather reported documents critical of U.S. President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service, and after the authenticity of the documents was questioned by bloggers, a media firestorm and investigations ensued. Producer Mary Mapes was fired and Rather eventually retired under duress. The story is often cited as a turning point in the weakening of network journalism in the U.S. and the rise of online, amateur newsgathering.
When Kappa House, the elitist sorority of Wallace University, is forced to open its doors to more than just the privileged, the student bodies start piling up in the FOX horror-comedy Scream Queens. The new series arrives courtesy of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the creators of American Horror Story and Glee. The show stars Emma Roberts, Skyler Samuels, Abigail Breslin, Lea Michele, and Jamie Lee Curtis, among others.
Part black comedy, part slasher film, Scream Queens, as cinematographer Michael Goi, ASC puts it, takes its cues from a mix of disparate influences, such as the 1988 feature film Heathers and the films of Italian horror icon Mario Bava. Bold color is a Bava trademark.
The Fantastic Four debuted in Marvel comic books in 1961, more than 50 years ago, and the group has since been the subject of at least four television series and four feature films, including an unreleased film produced by Roger Corman. The long-awaited cinematic reboot, directed by Josh Trank, is finally here. In it, the heroes teleport to an alternate universe, gain new powers, and learn to harness them in order to save Earth.
For cinematographer Nigel Bluck, ACS, it's all about the lenses. “You can say the different cameras out there are almost like different film stocks, but the most pronounced difference comes from the lenses,” says the native of New Zealand. “And that's what governs my allegiance to Panavision.”
Jurassic World is another in a long line of big-budget tentpole features for cinematographer John Schwartzman, ASC (Armageddon, Seabiscuit, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, The Amazing Spider-Man). With a production scale rivaling that of its dinosaur-sized subjects, this fourth installment in the series served up something Schwartzman had not had on any film prior: the opportunity to create a new aspect ratio.
When director of photography Lowell Peterson, ASC was gearing up to shoot The CW series Jane the Virgin, which has a diverse array of talent in front of the camera including numerous Latino actors, he felt Panavision's Primo Zoom Lenses would be the ideal glass. “I find that the Panavision lenses are really good with skin tone,” he remarks.
With intricate choreography and grand staging, Disney's Cinderella takes its cues from classic MGM musicals and Frank Capra films to create a modern, but non-musical, classic.