January 2023

Empire of Light: Theater of Dreams

Empire of Light follows the plight of a lonely, middle-aged woman working in a faded movie palace on the English coast in the 1980s. Superficially, this feature might appear to be a less taxing production challenge than Sam Mendes’ last collaboration with Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC — the Academy Award-winning World War I drama 1917 — but the filmmakers insist that it wasn’t. Deakins explains that because 1917 was designed to look like a single continuous shot, it required several weeks of meticulous prep, and “by the time we came to shoot, it was fairly straightforward — there weren’t any surprises. But with a film like Empire of Light, you’ve never got enough money and time, and you’re at the beck and call of location problems and traffic...more

Empire of Light Fireworks opener

Mark Dillon

December 2022

Spectral Strife: Shining Vale

Suki Medencevic, ASC, ASBiH, SAS collaborates with visual-effects supervisor Jason Piccioni to conjure the supernatural for the Starz horror-comedy series. ...more

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