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Emerging Cinematographer Awards Celebrate Eight Honorees, Recognize Janusz Kamiński and Stephen Lighthill

The International Cinematographers Guild hosted its 25th annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards in Los Angeles this past weekend with a luncheon at the ASC Clubhouse on Sept. 29 and an awards ceremony at the Television Academy on Oct. 1.

The awards celebrated the work of eight up-and-coming cinematographers, whose short films were all screened at the Television Academy. Additionally, Stephen Lighthill was awarded the ASC Mentor Award and Janusz Kamiński, Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator, was given the Distinguished Filmmaker Award.

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October 4, 2023

How “Quantum Leap” DP Ana M. Amortegui Keeps the Show Dynamic Across the Centuries

Director of photography Ana M. Amortegui kicked off the style of the series last season working on the pilot and several other episodes. She continues her work on episodes 2, 4, 6, and 8 in season two. The reboot picks up decades after the beloved classic that originally ran from 1989 – 1993. “Quantum Leap 30 years ago was a show that was really heartfelt,” Amortegui reflected. “It was a show about doing right when things were wrong. It was about bringing what feels like home to you. You want to always go back to your home. That part of the show remains the same. Time has changed, technology has changed. We want to revamp it and give it its own feeling visually and story wise. I think this new season has so many different turns that go way beyond what it was.”

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October 11, 2023

Meet 'The Creator' Cinematographer Oren Soffer, The Most Exciting DP on the Rise in Hollywood

Protégé of Academy Award-winning DP Greig Fraser, Soffer is bound to become one of the most sought-after eyes behind the lens.

Looking for a filmmaker on the rise you absolutely need to keep an eye on? Look no further than The Creator cinematographer Oren Soffer.

Soffer winds up exceeding all expectations with his work in The Creator. Not only is the finished film packed to the brim with stunning visuals, but Soffer also contributed to developing a production process that could change big-budget filmmaking for the better going forward.

One of my most anticipated interviews of Fantastic Fest 2023 was my chat with Soffer, a conversation that fortunately was permitted to run well over the time limit so that we had the opportunity to cover Soffer’s journey in the industry the far and also dig into the unique way he photographed The Creator.

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October 1, 2023

“Ahsoka” Cinematographer Eric Steelberg on Lensing a Rebel Jedi’s Journey Through Time & Space

For Ahsoka cinematographer Eric Steelberg, lensing the latest live-action Star Wars series was a dream come true. Growing up in thrall to George Lucas’s original trilogy, Steelberg would find himself on set while filming the new series, surrounded by massive spaceships both practical and virtual (the latter thanks to Industrial Light & Magic’s LED immersive soundstage the Volume), astonished by his own job.

“You’re sitting there trying to figure this out and tell the story because it is a job, but then what you’re watching takes you aback. Like, I can’t believe we’re doing this,” Steelberg says.

We spoke to Steelberg about fulfilling a lifelong dream, from lightsaber duels to speeder bikes and all manner of Star Wars-styled action in between.

As a Star Wars fan, which I imagine so many of the folks working on Ahsoka are, what was it like taking on the responsibility of stepping into arguably the most storied franchise of them all?

It’s a lot of responsibility to take on. What if my fandom doesn’t translate through my work? At the same time, that amount of excitement and fear turns into healthy creative fuel.

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October 4, 2023

Award-winning DP Denson Baker ACS NZSC joins Loop Talent for representation

Loop Talent, a leading United Kingdom head of department agency, announces an exciting addition to its prestigious family: the globally acclaimed director of photography, Denson Baker ACS NZSC.

Managing director of Loop Talent Lucy Price says, “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Denson into our distinguished family of HODs here at Loop Talent. Denson is a superstar in the world of cinematography, showcasing immense talent and unwavering dedication to excellence in every project he takes on. His commitment to delivering nothing short of brilliance translates seamlessly onto the screen, captivating audiences and leaving an indelible impression.”

Baker, hailing from New Zealand and of Māori heritage, is celebrated for his remarkable cinematography showcased across feature films, music videos, documentaries and commercials.

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October 2, 2023

‘The New Boy’ Director Warwick Thornton On The Colonization Of Australia & Their Beliefs: “They Tried To Get Rid Of It All” – TIFF Studio

THE NEW BOY (Video Interview)

Section: Gala Presentations

Director: Warwick Thornton

Writers: Warwick Thornton

Logline: Starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, this spiritual drama from Warwick Thornton (TIFF ’17’s Sweet Country) hauntingly evokes Australia’s fraught colonial legacy through the story of one very special child.

Premiere Date: Sept 14, 2023

Panelists: Warwick Thornton

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September 13, 2023

ICG to Honor Janusz Kaminski, Stephen Lighthill at Emerging Cinematographers Awards

Eight emerging cinematographers will also be recognized during the Oct. 1 ceremony.

The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) will honor two of its own during its 25th annual Emerging Cinematographer Awards.

Cinematographer and director Janusz Kamiński — who won Oscars for lensing his longtime collaborator Steven Spielberg’s films Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan — will be honored with the Panavision-presented Distinguished Filmmaker Award; and cinematographer Stephen Lighthill, a past president of the American Society of Cinematographers, will accept the ASC Mentor Award.

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September 5, 2023

True to Form: Director of photography Ross Riege talks lenses, lighting and the ever-changing look of murder-mystery-comedy The Afterparty.

Ross Riege felt guilty. As director of photography on The Afterparty, he wasn't the culprit behind the second season's whodunit (a groom dies after a lavish wedding, leaving a trail of suspects among family and guests). But if Tiffany Haddish's Detective Danner were to ask Riege to explain his whereabouts the night of the murder, he'd have to confess that he felt guilty only because he had so many weapons to evoke each mise-en- scène.

"I mean, it's laughable," Riege says. "The tools we have now compared to what they had in the 1940s, or even the 1990s, from the sensitivity of the cameras to the sophistication of the lights and the control of color? Man, if we were shooting this on 50/50 speed, black-and-white stock, with not much more time, how would I have gotten this done? I feel fortunate to be working now, and then thinking back like, 'How did they do this in the original genre?'"

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August 21, 2023

One Piece: Nicole Hirsch Whitaker Brings Color & Light to the Netflix Adaptation

Eiichiro Oda's globally beloved manga series One Piece is being adapted into an ambitious live-action television series on Netflix. Among the talented members of the crew to breathe new life into the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates is prolific cinematographer Nicole Hirsch Whitaker, who works as the director of photography on the first two episodes of its inaugural season. From capturing Luffy and his friends sailing the high seas in search of treasure or tangling with fearsome foes like Buggy the Clown, there are plenty of fan-favorite moments from One Piece gorgeously reimagined by Whitaker and the team in live-action.

In an exclusive interview with CBR, One Piece cinematographer Nicole Hirsch Whitaker revealed her personal connection to One Piece and explained how the production approached the challenging task of creating the visuals for the show while respecting Oda's original work.

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August 28, 2023

EP264 | Cinematography: Be Prepared to Jump! (w/ Shane Hurlbut, ASC)

Cinematography: Be Prepared to Jump! (w/ Shane Hurlbut, ASC)

Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC joins Mike Pecci on today's episode of IN LOVE WITH THE PROCESS PODCAST and shares stories of how he broke into the industry, how he works with new directors, and the power of prep!

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August 14, 2023

‘Black Bird’ Cinematographer Natalie Kingston On The Challenge Of Finding A Visual Language For Toxic Masculinity – Contenders TV: The Nominees

In Apple TV+’s Black Bird, Dennis Lehane’s limited series about convicted criminal Jimmy Keane (Taron Egerton) trying to elicit a confession from suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Paul Walter Hauser), cinematographer Natalie Kingston knew she wanted to tackle toxic masculinity from a fresh angle.

Speaking during Deadline’s Contenders Television: The Nominees event, Kingston, who shot all six episodes, said, “Dennis’ perspective on this was really inspiring and really what got me into this. He wasn’t interested in playing up the violence, being very literal with the story, being on the nose, making these killings feel very heightened or theatrical. It wasn’t about that at all.”

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August 12, 2023

Haunted Mansion Cinematographer Jeffrey Waldron Wanted a Timeless Haunted House

Based on a popular Disneyland ride, Haunted Mansion sends a half-dozen strangers on a quest to escape the deadly Hatbox Ghost and free the spirits he has entrapped. The film is shot by cinematographer Jeffrey Waldron, who adds a coldness and warmth to the atmosphere fitting for a movie about death.

With a cast that includes LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, and Jamie Lee Curtis, Haunted Mansion follows in the tradition of theme-park based movies like Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Justin Simien (Dear White People) directed Katie Dippold‘s screenplay, which embraces the camp of the historic ride. Director of Photography Jeffrey Waldron previously worked with Simien on the acclaimed first season of Dear White People. He’s also shot shows such as The Morning Show and A League of Their Own, and he directed the award-winning documentary, Ghost Fleet. Recently, he spoke with Below the Line on a Zoom call.

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August 10, 2023

Timothy Good and Emily Mendez (‘The Last of Us’ editors) on highlighting ‘the story of Joel and Ellie’ amid chaotic action scenes [Exclusive Video Interview]

“I never played the game and I still haven’t,” admits Good. He acknowledges that avoiding the source material was a risky strategy, but the editor believes that this tactic allowed the team “to really just focus entirely on the story that was being presented to us and the performances by our wonderful actors.” He later took a peek at the video game’s final scene at the urging of creator Neil Druckmann. “And when I did, it was almost the same and I was like, wow, we must really be in sync,” exclaims Good, taking it as a surefire sign that the work on the television series was on the right track.

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August 10, 2023

"The Afterparty" Director of Photography Ross Riege Joins Filmmaker U

In this episode Cinematographer Ross Riege talks with us about his work on "WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story", shooting "The Afterparty" and much more! Tune in!

Director of Photography Ross Riege recently shot season 2 of the ambitious, genre-mixing series "The Afterparty" for Apple TV+.

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July 28, 2023

Pride Personified: Bianca Cline

Bianca Cline’s love of filmmaking started at a young age. “When I was in high school, my parents got a video camera,” she smiles, “and I commandeered it and started making movies.” Soon after, her mother informed her that filmmaking was a real job that people did for a living. “I instantly said, “Yes, that’s what I’m doing. I’m going to be a filmmaker.

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July 1, 2023

Twins Again: Cinematographer Laura Merians Gonçalves helps deliver a carefully developed aesthetic for the miniseries Dead Ringers.


Director David Cronenberg’s 1988 horror film Dead Ringers, about twin OBGYNs whose penchant for tricking others threatens to shatter their own psyches, has received a sibling of its own with the six-episode Amazon miniseries of the same name. Starring Rachel Weisz as twins Beverly and Elliot Mantle, the show tracks a similar descent into madness, but one that’s carefully distinguished as a complement to its predecessor.

The miniseries’ dual cinematographers, Jody Lee Lipes, ASC and Laura Merians Gonçalves, worked together from preproduction, turning to Panavision New York for an equipment package built around Panavision G Series anamorphic lenses and Panavised Sony Venice cameras...

In this exclusive Q&A, Gonçalves discusses the miniseries’ visual opportunities, which were realized in close collaboration with Lipes and Daley from prep through post.

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July 24, 2023

Emmys 2023: The Complete Nominations List

The Emmy nominations recognize shows on TV that ran from June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023. Yvette Nicole Brown and Television Academy chairman and CEO Frank Scherma revealed the nominees on Wednesday morning in a live webstream.

As for now, Fox is slated to air the 75th Primetime Emmys on September 18, produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment. (The two-night Creative Arts Emmys are scheduled for Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, with the ceremonies being broadcast by FXX on Sept. 10.)

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July 12, 2023

Sabbatical Entertainment & V Channels Set Partnership; ‘Shameless’ & ‘Strangers’ Set For Indian Remakes; Cinematographers Guild Announces Honorees; TNT Sports Replaces BT Sport In UK & Ireland — Global Briefs

International Cinematographers Guild Announces Emerging Cinematographer Awards Honorees

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July 18, 2023

Warehouse Workshops hosts Shane Hurlbut, ASC For Live Masterclass: July 22 In Van Nuys

VAN NUYS – Warehouse Workshops will host esteemed cinematographer and founder of Filmmakers Academy, Shane Hurlbut ASC, for a live filmmaking masterclass during its July workshop.

During the event, Hurlbut will deliver a live demonstration, sharing his invaluable knowledge, expertise and passion for filmmaking with an audience of like-minded creatives.

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July 17, 2023

“The Blackening” Cinematographer Todd A. Dos Reis on Lensing a Horror-Comedy Romp

It’s almost hard to believe The Blackening is cinematographer Todd A. Dos Reis’ first feature film. He’s been in the business for decades, having shot a variety of television shows, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Bosch: Legacy, and Entourage. Before becoming a cinematographer for a long list of hit shows and music videos, he even worked on two Jean-Claude Van Damme classics, Hard Target and Double Impact, as an assistant cameraman.

The cinematographer’s career is full and varied, and it shows with the complete control of camera and tone in director Tim Story’s The Blackening. The horror-comedy brings a group of college friends together for a reunion in a cabin in the woods, where they’re terrorized by masked killers and a board game called The Blackening. The less said about the plot, the better—The Blackening is a film whose surprises you really want to enjoy without warning.

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June 27, 2023

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