“You want to understand how bad things are in Hollywood right now—how stifling and airless and cautious the atmosphere is, how little nourishment or encouragement a good new idea receives, and how devoid of ambition the horizon currently appears—it helps to start with a success story.”—The Day the Movies Died: Movies + TV: GQ
“…Basically, Tom’s [the director] starting point was that this is a historical drama. By and large, all British historical dramas have the same look: you have faces set against out-of-focus backgrounds. What Tom was trying to do was to open that up, so we used very-wide-angle [ARRI] Master Prime lenses and consequently could get much closer to the actors’ faces. We were literally putting cameras one or two feet away from each of their faces. A lot of interesting things happen when you put the camera so close to the actor. For one, you get nice big portraits, which you wouldn’t get with long lenses that are much farther away. But you also get so much more of the background that you instantly see where the person is. It’s not just out-of-focus mush; it contextualizes where the person is in the room, or in those larger scenes, for example in the Abbey before his coronation. That’s where the reality comes in—you’re putting them in a real location that’s an equally important part of the scene.”—Cinematographer Danny Cohen on The King’s Speech | Studio Daily
You should know that Hipstamatic is an app that automatically applies toning etc at the time of creation, NOT after the fact. The photographer makes a decision on lens and film in the app before making a photo. In theory this is no different than choosing to shoot with a lomo, holga or leica because of the unique aesthetic quality they produce. There are no “after the fact” effects applied.
Of course, these are amazing photos. But the “other” headline is the fact that these were shot with the Hipstamatic app by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Damon Winter. Read more and see more photos on the Lens blog.
“On Christmas Eve 1971, 17-year old Juliane Koepcke, survived a plane crash in the Peruvian rain forest. All 92 of the other passengers, including Koepcke’s mother, were killed in the crash. She remained in the jungle for eleven days, struggling to find food and potable water and keep her head on straight after such an emotionally devastating accident.” Read on at The Bent Spine…