Now is everything Trailer from VALENTINA DE AMICIS R. SPINOTTI on Vimeo.


NOW IS EVERYTHING is the first feature of Riccardo Spinotti (son of the beloved Cinematographer Dante Spinotti ASC AIC) and Valentina de Amicis ,the movie will be officially presented on 28 November at 37° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL and is also premiered at 23° Pimedate Ööde filmifestivalStarring Sir Antony Hopkins,Ray Nicholson(son of Jack Nicholson) The A LIST Crew show Dante Spinotti ASC AIC as Cinematographer & at Costume dept. Colleen Atwood (Public Enemies and Manhunter).”Riccardo Spinotti (1986) was raised in both Italy and in Santa Monica, CA, USA. He attended NYU for Art and Sciences before joining the prestigious AFI (American Film Institute) in Los Angeles, where he graduated as a director in 2012. He has directed several short films including his thesis that was selected and screened at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) AFI event in 2012. With a passion for photography, he has worked both in the camera department and in production on several feature films. Valentina De Amicis was born in Italy in 1979. She graduated in 2004 from University of Rome La Sapienza in Film Studies. Since 2006 she has worked as Assistant Director between Los Angeles, New York, and Rome on numerous films, commercials, and television including Woody Allen’s film “To Rome With Love”. In her directorial debut, this serves as the first time director pairing for Spinotti and De Amicis.

The interesting soundtrack is composed by the talented Vidjay Beerepoot,I have got my ticket for the Torino Film Festival 30th Nov.2019 show and I have High Hopes.


PANDORUM(2008) Directed by Chris Alvart cinematography by Wedigo von Schultzendorff BVK was shot on Kodak Film stock Vision 2 500T 5218 70% of the films exposure is rated at 2000 ASA .Filmed with Super 35,Spherical Master Primes and Arriflex 435 film cameras

HEAT(1995) Directed by Michael Mann cinematography by Dante Spinotti ASC AIC, was shot on Eastman EXR 500T 5298 film stock the exposure is rated at 2000 ASA.Filmed with Cine SL-35 Camera, Panavision Panaflex Platinum Camera using lenses Panavision Anamorphic Super High Speed Lenses, Panavision E Series Anamorphic Lenses and Panavision Primo Anamorphic Lenses.


Force processing and Flashing ,Force Processing is also called pushing, is the more common of the two. The easiest way to explain this is that if you find yourself in a situation where you don’t have
enough light, you can underexpose the film and then ask the lab personnel to “push”it. They would leave the file in the developer longer, overdeveloping it. The staff atmost labs have substantial experience with this and can be quite precise in how theymatch up what you have done with how they process the film. Care must be taken
when you do this, however, because the quality of the image will change from the film
that has been normally exposed and normally processed. The film will have a diffe
Look, Leaving the film longer in the soup (slang for the developing chemicals) generally
increases contrast and creates more visible grain. As always, you have to think about
how the pieces will match up with other things you are shooting,
Most DPs push film because they are trying to achieve a specific effect. It is great
for producing a grainier, more abstract image. In cases like this, you build that stop
(or stops) of underexposure into your filming by changing the films El. This relates
to the concept of halving and doubling . Every doubling or
halving of EI represents an f-stop, and you change the El rather than make the mental
Computation each time.If you have a film stock normally rated at 500 EI and you want to push it two stops, what would the new EI be?
One stop would be 1,000, and two stops would be 2,000. If you rate the film stock at 2,000, you will automatically
be building two stops of underexposure into everything you film. You then tell the
lab to push the film two stops, and the lab compensates for what you have done by
leaving the film in the soup longer.




I’m one of those audience that stay SIT and read  all the movie end credits so since Michael Mann’s THIEF,I was younger and in full VHS era, his noble and “FROM other times” name credited often as Visual Consultant hit my interest, so in the years I understand who Gusmano is and finally I understand why I truly LOVE a certain kind of cinema . So if matter of LOVE I hope to meet him one day for shake hands and have a great day.



After many years of research, polishing ,second thoughts,twist and turns I would show my WEBSITE about Michael Mann use of music,it was an hard and long job,and still now I’m “not Totally” satisfy but I think it could be a good readings, so enjoy

“with respect and away from personal gain ,enjoy my



2017 Is going to be memorable, finally Warner Bros./Regency/Forward Pass/20Th Century Fox Release an Outstanding HEAT DIRECTOR DEFINITIVE EDITION Blu ray, in this post some tips and how deal with that
The white cover is the UK version REGION BUPC Bar code 5039036075992 this version is “.. Pristine Restoration personally supervised by Michael Mann ” or better this new one features remastered video from a 4K scan supervised by himself,it also contains some great new and recent extras(check Amazon or other sites for understand what I mean)

The black cover is the US version REGION A or region 1UPC Bar code 024543271321 and also this version is “.. Pristine Restoration personally supervised by Michael Mann ” or better this new one features remastered video from a 4K scan supervised by himself,it also contains some great new and recent extras(check Amazon or other sites for understand what I mean)

Meanwhile in Italy CG home Video (Cecchi Gori) is going to set a Start UP (19 June 2017) for release an Italian version of the Blu Ray,saving a great work at dubbing soundtrack using Giancarlo Giannini(Al Pacino) and Ferruccio Amendola(Robert De Niro)and I hope at least featuring also English original language and subtitles (Italian and English),I dont’know which master are going to use but is a step far from the zero of these years in Italian home video market,however for any tests in BLU RAY quality matter CHECK HERE


Off topic; Last but not the least enjoy my Mixcloud about the rest of music used on HEAT , I called HEAT B SIDE and I think is ” ..a great research for show the great tastes and Musical Genius of Michael Mann!”




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From ASC CLOSE UP american-cinematographer-logo Vol 96(2015)

What’s The Best Professional Advice you’ve received?


In Hollywood: Stay on schedule and on budget, and you are free as a bird.


In 1992, I sat across from Georgy Illès, who was then president of the HSC. He learned forward and said,’ Do you want to know the secret of success in this business? As a freelancer, you’re like a call girl; never stop selling yourself.’ I pass this advice along to students whenever I get the chance.


Never show fear.


Pick your battles, and never eat the fish.


You’re never done lighting, but at some point you have to stop.


My father once told me that a true master only needs a few tools. Pride in your work is a paramount.


‘How to walk the line between clever and stupid.’ Through discipline comes freedom.


Make sure your chosen profession is your passion.


From Gil Hubbs [ASC]: We are freelancers and must make tough career decisions.There will be times when it’s best for us to leave a project early.Some people won’t understand that; one probably  won’t have an enduring relationship with them anyway. And  from Julio Macat: be optimistic even during the darkest moments.Cinematographers are highly visible on set and our mood can affect the crew.


In my early days of operating for Vilmos Zsigmond, we were discussing lighting, and he advised me to observe light in the real world all the time. I often reflect on that as I continue to observe and learn every day.


Don’t ever give up.And make lots of friends in the business.


Always listen to the story.Great cameramen use their ears as well as their eyes.



immagine-87As far as this soundtrack, in my view Michael Mann’s masterpiece, is concerned it is really possible to talk about “Miscellaneous Artists”. To be true, it all began to find out the beautiful piece The Last Lagoon by William Orbit (famous English, electronic music producer and arranger) and after several years of searching I could understand, quite totally, the very core of this film music.
Michael Mann maximises the emphasising of the visual impact together with the sound one by drawing profusely from famous and brillant authors such as the Kronos Quartet and Elliot Goldenthal (Alien 3).
Other tracks are omitted in the score official version, maybe both for room and royalties reasons, but anyway used in the film.
It is specifically these latter that I am going to consider mainly by listing aside the context they have been matched with:

– Get Up To This – New world beat
(Vincent at the disco’s office discover who “Slick” is;probably the Disco’s Background music fading…)
– Gringatcho Demento – William Orbit
(background music when Waingro is looking for a job in a bar) – track from Strange Cargo III album
– The thrill is gone – BB King
(During the ball of Vincent and Justine…)
– Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra Boulez conducted by Ligeti
(the Platinum robbery) track from the namesake album
– The Monkey King William Orbit
(Chris, Neil and Michael mislead the guard by gesticulating) track from Strange cargo III
– Arabic Agony James
(L.A.P.D. Smile!…a picture from above)
– In November – David Darling
(Neil finds out from some documents who Vincent Hanna is) track from Cello album
– Late Evening in Jersey – Brian Eno
(Chris and Michael in the underground car park hack into the computer altering the bank alarm /Charlene and Dominique ask for the police safeguard)
– Black Cloud – Steve Roach /Elmar Schulte performed by Solitaire
(Waingro meets Roger Van Zant/ Donald stops what he was doing…) track from Ritual Ground album
– Celon – Lisa Gerrard / Pieter Bourke
(News of the bank robbery on TV)
– Will Gaines – Eric Clapton
(Neil devises with Nate a new escape plan / Vincent and Casalas visit Hugh Benny)
– The Last Lagoon – William Orbit
(Vincent says about Neil: “… He’s is still here…”I feel it” … Neil runs after Eady on the hill at dawn)
– The Mighty Limpopo – William Orbit
(Chris understands Charlene’s wave and leaves) – track from Strange Cargo I album

The piece The Last Lagoon by William Orbit (taken from Strange Cargo II album) replace Run Up Hill scene written by Elliot Goldenthal and included in the official soundtrack.
The same is true for the track Refinery Surveillance (scene of the surveillance in the refinery) afterwards replaced by three pieces: The Monkey King by William Orbit, In November by David Darling mixed with Arabic Agony by the James, this latter is taken from Wah Wah album.
Celon by Lisa Gerrard is used in the film but omitted in the soundtrack edition; all the three pieces by Lisa Gerrard are included in The Mirror Pool album.
New Dawn Fades, a shorter, not sung version, is used during the motorway chase between Vincent and Neil and it is a remake by Moby of the namesake piece by the Joy Division; the song integral version is available in the album I Like to Score by Moby.
Armenia by the Einstűrzende Neubauten (taken from Drawings of Patient O.T. album) used for a few seconds during the first “sceptical” meeting of Neil and Eady will be present also in other ”Hard” parts of Heat as well as in “The Insider”; the piece Late evening in Jersey by Brian Eno has recently been recorded on a compilation of unpublished works called Curiosities Vol. 1 (Opal Records).
Top O’ The Morning To Ya written by Eric Schrod, Leon Demant and Willie Dixon is played by the House Of Pain (taken from the House of Pain album) and it is in background during the meeting between Vincent and the informer Richard Torena in the Disco Club; By The Time I Get To Phoenix written by Jimmy Webb is probably droned by Vincent Hanna during the informer Albert Torena questioning.
Will Gaines by Eric Clapton is a piece taken from the soundtrack of Rush, a 1991 film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck.
As far as Ultramarine by Michael Brook is concerned, there is a special, unreleased version used when Vincent Hanna, in an understandable fit of hysteria, throws away his TV set at a traffic light.
There are two versions of the End Title composed by Moby and called God Moving Over the Face of the Waters: the “soft” one included in the official CD and the one included both in the single That’s When I Reach for My Revolver God Moving Over the Face of the Waters Heat Mix and in the above quoted album I like to score.However, the one in the film is slightly different from both these latter.
The pieces composed by Elliot Goldenthal and produced by Mathias Gohl are listed below among the others; the composer has made use, for some pieces, of the collaboration of the Kronos Quartet, the contemporary string quartet already known for collaborating with Philip Glass and with the The guitar orchestra Deaf Elk leading Page Hamilton of metal band Helmet

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1 Heat-Performed by The Kronos Quartet 7:42
2 Always Forever Now-Passengers 6:55
3 Condensers 2:35
4 Refinery Surveillance-Performed by The Kronos Quartet 1:46
5 Last Nite-The Chasers 3:29
6 Ultramarine – Michael Brook 4:35
7 Armenia – Einstürzende Neubauten 4:58
8 Of Helplessness 2:40
9 Steel Cello Lament 1:44
10 Mystery Man – Terje Rypdal 4:40
11 New Dawn Fades – Moby 2:50
12 Entrada & Shootout 1:49
13 Force Marker – Brian Eno 3:37
14 Coffee Shop 1:38
15 Fate Scrapes 1:34
16 La Bas[Edited Version] – Lisa Gerrard 3:11
17 Gloradin – Lisa Gerrard 3:57
18 Run Uphill 2:51
19 Predator Diorama – The Kronos Quartet 2:40
20 Of Separation 2:21
21 God Moving Over the Face of the Waters – Moby 6:58

HEAT B SIDE CDR This anthology was set using the music not inserted in to the original soundtrack record.Enjoy the Mixcloud