Shooting For Black & White With Allen Daviau, ASC and Denis Lenoir
Allen Daviau, ASC (The Falcon and The Snowman, Avalon, Bugsy, Twilight Zone, The Color Purple) takes students back to the golden age of cinematography - the 1920's. He painstakingly recreates the shooting style by employing the filtration, vignetting, aspect ratios and shot coverage of the period. In doing so he evokes the spirit and dynamic of the B&W silent screen masterpieces. Denis Lenoir (Monsieur Hire, Daddy Nostalgie/These Fooling Things, Paris Awakes Shuttlecock) creates an intriguing comparison to the work of Daviau by using modern cinematic techniques featuring a moving camera. He shoots with both color and B&W stock to make the comparison complete.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: As well as being a storehouse of practical information, this program is an ode to the haunting beauty of black and white cinematography and a wonderful essay on the changing art of the cinematographer from the 1920's to the present day. DVD 55 minutes.
Reflections examines the practice of cinematography for cinema lovers, students, and film professionals from the perspective of those artists who paint within the medium of light to dark. It is divided into seven sections: cinematography basics, the key light, portraits, day interiors, night interiors, lab techniques, and the designing sequences. Each section contains extraordinary material in the form of illustrations, diagrams, reproductions of 35-mm film frames and scholarship of twenty such "masters of light". And they are: Stephen Burum, ASC, Jordan Cronenweth, ASC, John Hora, ASC, Owen Roizman, ASC, Phillippe Rousselot, ASC,AFC, Michael Hugo, ASC, Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, Steven Poster, ASC, Frederick Elmes, ASC, Tony Pierce-Roberts, BSC, Vilmos Zsigmond,ASC, Haskell Wexler, ASC, Laszlo Kovacs, Yves Angelo, ASC, Jack Green, ASC, Denis Lenoir, ASC, AFC, Raoul Coutard, AFC, Allen Daviau, ASC, Darius Khondji, ASC,AFC and Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC.