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Moral History

The filmmakers behind "Yes, God, Yes" recount their journey to bring the feature to fruition

In the early aughts, in a small Iowa town, Alice — a student at the local Catholic high school — enjoys watching Titanic and testing her knowledge of movie titles with word scrambles played in online chat rooms. When one of her internet encounters takes an unexpected turn, she suddenly discovers there’s pleasure to be had in pleasuring oneself. Soon thereafter, she attends a four-day Catholic retreat, where she struggles to reconcile her nascent urges with the prospect of eternal judgment. 

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Emotional Vibes

With "The Kissing Booth 2" and the upcoming "The Empty Man," Anastas Michos, ASC, GSC demonstrates his penchant for working across genres

“What are we going to talk about today?” cinematographer Anastas Michos, ASC, GSC asks almost immediately after answering his phone. It’s late July when Panavision connects with Michos, and though the vast majority of productions had ground to a halt back in March due to COVID-19, the cinematographer has managed to keep busy while also taking all necessary precautions to stay healthy and safe. After doing some shooting around New York City for a documentary about the pandemic directed by fellow ASC member Ellen Kuras, Michos lifted anchor and has recently been sailing along the East Coast. “Isolating socially became ‘let me go commune with nature,’ just to put a different spin on it,” he shares.

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Through Her Lens

Made In Her Image and Panavision partner for a virtual roundtable spotlighting women filmmakers of color

On July 14, Made In Her Image , Panavision, Light Iron and LEE Filters presented the virtual roundtable discussion “Through Her Lens: Creating a Truly Inclusive Film Industry.” Moderated by Made In Her Image founder Malakai and featuring cinematographers Mia Cioffi Henry, Melinda James, Kira Kelly, Cybel Martin, Keitumetse Mokhonwana and Sade Ndya, the conversation addressed inequities within the motion-picture industry through the lens of women of color behind the camera. 

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Infinite Jest

Cinematographer Quyen Tran employs T Series optics and reteams with colorist Ethan Schwartz for the existential time-loop comedy "Palm Springs"

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Battle Stations

Shelly Johnson, ASC shoots large-format 8K with DXL and Sphero 65 lenses to captures the close-quarters naval drama "Greyhound"

The World War II action drama Greyhound puts the audience on board a U.S. destroyer with its heroic but inexperienced captain and crew as they battle to protect a convoy of merchant vessels from wolf packs of U-Boats in the North Atlantic. It’s a fictional account for which authenticity was the key. Established in the screenplay written by Tom Hanks — who also stars as Navy Commander Ernest Krause — that authenticity was reinforced throughout the production by director Aaron Schneider and cinematographer Shelly Johnson, ASC.

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Depth of Emotion

Cinematographer Oren Soffer crafts a nuanced portrait of an intimate weekend for the short film See You Soon

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Magic and Mystery

Haris Zambarloukos, BSC, GSC helps to ground Artemis Fowl’s high-flying action in a tangible world

Based on the series of novels by Eoin Colfer, the feature Artemis Fowl finds its namesake — a precocious, hyperintelligent 12-year-old boy (played by Ferdia Shaw) — just after his father (Colin Farrell) has gone missing from their estate in Ireland. Young Artemis soon finds the first in a trail of clues that, in leading him back to his father, will also unlock a magical world populated by fairies, trolls and other creatures the young boy had thought to be merely the stuff of legend and myth.

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Playing tricks with the mind

Cinematographer Jas Shelton achieves continuity with a twist using DXL2 for the return of Homecoming

The psychological thriller Homecoming returns for its sophomore season with fresh twists, nail-biting cliff-hangers, and more of the unnerving cinematography that characterized the critically acclaimed first run.

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