VOL 97 (2016) FROM ASC CLOSE UP – BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE RECAP

 

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From ASC CLOSE UP american-cinematographer-logo Vol 97(2016)

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

PETER LEVY, ASC

Don’t get attached to anything _ Be Prepared to turn on a dime at any time.

GREG FRASER, ASC, ACS

It must be a lighting tip : ‘ When in doubt , turn it off ‘

PETER MOSS, ASC, ACS

No matter how technologies  change, a cinematographer’s most valuable tool is his eye.

JAMIE ANDERSON, ASC

Roger Corman would always tell his first-time directors before the first day of shooting, ‘Whenever you get a chance,sit down!’ Still good advice

DAVID KLEIN, ASC

Never Give Up!

FREDRIC GOODICH, ASC

Remain a student.Respect your crew. Collaborate

SHANE HURLBUT, ASC

Never feel comfortable, always challenge yourself and never stop dreaming.

LISA WIEGAND, ASC

My agent ,Charles Lenhoff, gives me pep talks before job interviews. Early on he said ‘Tell them you want the gig.’ I thought he was nuts! I assumed, ‘ if I’m interviewing, obviously I want the job.’ I’m still amazed then when I say it, it works. In a couple instances,after the interview, the producers thanked me for telling them, because apparently they often can’t tell if their cinematographer candidates are actually interested.

VANJA CERNJUL, ASC, HFS

Tomislav Pinter once told me, ‘A great cinematographer doesn’t have a style’

PETER ANDERSON, ASC

Oddly enough, it was a print AD that McDonalds’s ran back in the Sixties, promoting being ‘persistent and patient.’ This Mantra has served me very well over my career.

MANDY WALKER, ASC, ACS

When I was starting out there were only a small percentage of women in the camera dept., and I am constantly reassured that while it may still appear to be male-dominated, there’s no reason why it should be.

CHECCO VARESE, ASC

Wake up before everybody else ; go to sleep after everybody else; work more than you think you should.

GHOST IN THE SHELL

2017 has Bring one of best movie never seen since years , I need movie like this , peace and enjoyment for my eyes and yes ,speaking about futuristic AI subjects, I’m one of those people that did not like BLADE RUNNER 2049; this one GHOST IN THE SHELL from Rupert Sanders is far better in my view, has the same charm of Alex Garland ‘s EX Machina and contains unforgettable moments (like the jellyfish scene ) but the experience is boosted starting from a linear well written story(forgivable in some little parts) and  crafted with a outstanding crew  continuing with casting choices, I LOVE Scarlett globally talking as I loved the choices of Juliette Bionche,Takeshi Kitano and the short uncredited cameo of Michael Wincott ;so let’s quote again the special EFX from Weta and others(don’t t forget Art Dept,Make up,Practical and CGI) , the Academy Award Jan Roelfs at Production Design , outstanding Jess Hall BSC Cinematography dealing with Alexa 65 and “Super Panavision 70”  65mm 5-perf film , the bloody Soundtrack by Lorne Balfe in association with Clint Mansell and last but not the least of Course Rupert Sanders Direction(And yes I hate Snow White and the Huntsman) so If you HAVE NOT GIVE YOUR CONSENT at Theaters please take your copy of BLU RAY everywhere and Enjoy the outstanding Experience of GHOST IN THE SHELL.

Scarlett Johansson plays Major in Ghost in the Shell from Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures.

ABOVE MY BLURAY(EUROPEAN MARKET )AND BELOW A GALLERY OF GHOST IN THE SHELL PICTURES

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THE KEEP SHOWDOWN END TITLE WITH M83 I’m Sending You Away

THE KEEP

Here the End Sequence of Michael Mann’s THE KEEP(1983, Paramount Feature) REVISE using Oblivion soundtrack by M83 ” I’m sending you Away “. I think that it fit perfectly,SO Enjoy!


 

THE ENTRY

THE ENTRY

My friend based L.A. Director DANNY MIGUEL included in THE ENTRY special thanks creditS my name , I’m proud be part of his artistic world as “musical ADVISOR” and I’m quite thrilled to see the final result of this short FILM CO-PRODUCED BY JERRY CUNNINGHAM and premiered at 4th Annual Culver City Film Festival,Let’s wish all the best.Kudos

ALIEN C O V E N A N T – WHAT ARE MY CHANCES ?

A L I E N  Covenant

So let’s talk about Sir Ridley Scott and his upcoming A L I E N COVENANT , coming out in ITALY 11 MAY 2017, in the previous 2 movies ALIEN and PROMETHEUS we have seen TWO spacecrafts named Juggernaut , a massive spacecrafts constructed by the Engineers( royal pricks of high-bred origins ),for whom know the saga that spaceships are derelicts, one on the moon LV426(ALIEN) and the other in LV233(Prometheus),both are planetoids(moons) of Zeta2 Reticuli IV system ; however , Now this time alien COVENANT show a third derelict spacecraft in to a another unknown terr-alike planet(PLANET 4),smashed in to a wood and with this premise, hoping not only a pilot’s issues, i’m sure it will be A remarkable Pandora’s vase in that amazing SCOTT’s filmic universe.

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For who’s looking for other clues about this feature I can say most locations are from New ZeAland ; the cinematography is by Darius Wolski ASC (Prometheus) COVERED WITH ARRI ALEXA XT WITH PANAVISION LENSES(Probably ANAMORPHIC C Series or SOMETHING OF ACTUAL)  and some aerial shoots been covered with RED EPIC and THE HYDRA AERIAL CAMERA system

the TERRIFIC soundtrack is composed by jed kurzel(Macbeth-BABADOOK) and will BE released on Milan Records LP CD AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

Composed by JED KURZEL(1976, Australian composer , singer) ALIEN COVENANT SOUNDTRACK is integrating some original elements from JERRY GOLDSMITH’s A L I E N (check 02 The Covenant-05 Sail -06 Planet 4/Main Theme – 08 Wheat Field – 16 Face Hugger and 22 Alien Covenant Theme ) and something of really new mixing electronic with classical music that reach its best in the outstanding tracks 01 Incubation, 15 Command Override , 17 Chest Burster(BEAUTIFUL TRACK FIT IN TO A DISTURBING SCENE) ; while the top notch is the tracks 19 CARGO LIFT – 21 Terraforming Bay thanks to a sort of percussions that really enanched the scene and bring me to something structured and listen around James Newton Howard’s Collateral(Vincent hops train). THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SCORE,A MUST AND SHOULD NEVER LACK TO ANY SOUNDTRACK COLLECTOR AND LOVER OF THIS MOVIE.

Covenant LP

No Animals Were Harmed ”®

best experienced with ALIEN LEAGUE FONTS

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MY LIGHT REVIEW ALIEN COVENANT

ALIEN COVENANT could be poorly named Alien 2017,loosing all the philosophical meaning of the word covenant and later paradise lost ,so i like think about that as upgraded new begin and as      a l i e n  lover I can’t notice the many homages and reference to 1979 FILM , including The T E R R I F I C Soundtrack by Jed Kurzel that has in ITs Musical DNA many Jerry Goldsmith sounds and score.In that outstanding work of art the message is clear this is a new movie about fear of Unknown, fear to face our fears , about choices and mistakes.The feeling of dread and that something of tremendous is coming is constant , those features fit and set in all the acts of the story ,well written  directed and act (outstanding Fassbender and Waterstone)also supported by a state of art cinematography , production design , visual and special effects; this level of realism and beauty in my view was never reached in any other films of the saga(Alien and Prometheus except Which this film is the sequel ). Paying attention to details help  making the differences in suspense terms how could be try to close an automatic door in front a bloodthirsty evil creature but our feet accidentally  is blocking that function or run escaping from something and slipping over blood stains. Covenant is also a magnificent walk in the silence of the depth space but also a close up of acoustic meatus attacked by the black goo.A film of spaces there are introspective view Vs. the vastness of breath taking panorama or unsettling wastelands,with this visual synergy the feeling of being hunted make its play and leave its punch in the stomach . I saw this film twice in 24 hours and I’m still thinking about what i saw,so RIDLEY SCOTT’s Alien Covenant is working and I can’t wait for the next step in the story.

SEEN 3TIMES 72 HRS

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“Take None Give None” Get Awards

GUSMANO CESARETTI WON THE BEST FEATURE AT PDX PORTLAND MOTORCYCLE FILM FESTIVAL 2017

“The 5th annual festival will occur January 26-27, 2018 at the Hollywood Theatre, a classic Portland venue built in 1926, restored, with 50′ screen, digital projection and sound”

Take None, Give None is a documentary about The Chosen Few, America’s first racially integrated motorcycle club, founded in 1959.  Cesaretti first photographed The Chosen Few over 20 years ago, and in 2011 teamed with Kurt Mangum. Together they tell the motorcycle club’s story by creating an in-depth portrait of this South Central LA community of bikers.
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TAKE NONE GIVE NONE – TEASER from Take None Give None on Vimeo.

ABOUT THE PDX FESTIVAL -DEC.2016-

January 27-28, 2017 marks the 4th annual Portland Motorcycle Film Festival, hosted by the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association (OMRRA), a fundraiser for Air Fence and safety equipment purchase, deployment and repair at Portland International Raceway.
Feature films selected for 2017 include: Arrows of Fire, Macao Gladiators, Take None Give None, Beyond Siberia and 1000 Kilometer.
Visit http://www.PDXmotorcyclefilms.com to view movie trailers, purchase tickets, and see the full history of films shown.
The PDX Motorcycle Film Festival and OMRRA are non-profit organizations, with all proceeds from the event donated.
The title sponsor for 2017 is BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon, Oregon’s premier supplier of adventure and touring motorcycles. Additionally, MotoCorsa, Portland’s award winning Ducati dealership, provides support for the 4th year in a row.
Films will be shown in style at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Built in 1926, with fully restored terracotta façade and neon marquee, The Hollywood features a 50’ screen, digital surround sound, and seating for nearly 400. Every show all four years of the festival has sold out, so get tickets early.
Judges for the Portland Motorcycle Film Festival include Portland-based cinematographers and designers. Additionally, for 2017 moto-journalist Mark Gardiner will join the judging crew. Mark’s books include, among others, Riding Man and the indispensable Bathroom Book of Motorcycle Trivia.
To learn more about racing motorcycles with OMRRA see http://www.omrra.com. 

VOL 95 (2014) FROM ASC CLOSE UP – BEST PROFESSIONAL ADVICE RECAP

 

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From ASC CLOSE UP american-cinematographer-logo Vol 95(2014)

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

MICHAEL BONVILLAIN, ASC

‘Never stand when you can sit, and never sit when you can  lie down.’

JAVIER AGUIRRESAROBE, ASC, AFC

I don’t remember ever receiving advice about my work from anyone except my gaffers, who advised me not to be so impatient.However, I once received  this general advice : ‘ A movie is like the Tour de France: It’s not necessary to win all the stages. It’s more important to resolve the worst situations,maintain the consistency, and then arrive in Paris as the winner’.

REXFORD METZ, ASC

‘Never say no!’

GEORGE MOORADIAN, ASC

At the bottom of a silver mine in Park City, Utah, 1 1/2 Miles underground Garland Wilde intoned, ‘Don’t be afraid of the Dark.’ You can take that advice anywhere.

JAMES A. CHRESSANTHIS, ASC

Vilmos Zsigmond told me, ‘Jim, it takes 10 years to become a cinematographer, so be patient and remember, nice guys finish first. And promise me that when you are a successful, you will help the next person.’

ALEX FUNKE, ASC

‘Never ask the crew to undo something  they already done!’ And, ‘Always finish the day leaving a shot ready to start right away the next morning.’

KRAMER MORGENTHAU, ASC

‘In this business, if you aren’t early, you are late.’

JONATHAN FREEMAN, ASC

‘Trust your instinct. Your first choice is usually the best.’

KEN KELSCH, ASC

John Cassavetes told us at NYU not to stop shooting.Just figure it out a way to do it.

JULIO G. MACAT, ASC

When you shoot, take chances, don’t play it safe; push the envelope into that scary and dangerous place; do not settle  for mediocre work. There is always  for improvment . Be original; do ordinary things in a extraordinary way. Don’t forget you are telling a story- so what does each shot say? Shoot images that you would enjoy watching.

To Be Continued… –つづく…