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The Color of Paradise

Stephan Pehrsson, BSC shoots on DXL2 and partners with Light Iron to realize the vibrant visuals of the series Utopia.

The comic book Dystopia tells the story of Jessica Hyde, a young girl on the run from the evil Mr. Rabbit, who holds Jessica’s scientist father captive and forces him to create unthinkable biological horrors. Written and illustrated by an anonymous artist, Dystopia has earned legions of fans, some of whom have found far deeper meaning in its pages and believe clues to real-world viruses and pandemics are layered into its artwork.

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Sure Shots

Cinematographer Autumn Durald Arkapaw orchestrates six cameras for the live-performance documentary feature Beastie Boys Story.

In the early 1980s, three friends embarked on what would become a 30-year adventure. Collectively known as Beastie Boys, the trio comprised Adam Yauch, Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz — aka MCA, Mike D and Ad-Rock, respectively. Though they grew out of New York City’s punk scene, they soon embraced hip-hop, and as the years progressed, their creative output charted their growth as artists and as people. 

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Personal Destiny

Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS employs Panavision optics for Mulan, an intimate portrait set against an epic backdrop.

In Disney’s live-action feature Mulan, the eponymous hero (portrayed by Yifei Liu) disguises herself as a man and joins the Chinese army in order to spare her father from having to return to war. Through the trials that follow, she unlocks her hidden potential and embraces her true identity.

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Back to Work

Cinematographers Deepa Keshvala, James Rhodes, Robbie Ryan, BSC, ISC and Nanu Segal share their on-set experiences since returning from lockdown.

Nick Cave, front man of The Bad Seeds, sits alone in an abandoned conference room, quietly writing in a notebook. Closing the book, he stands and begins to walk, moving through a series of equally empty spaces: down a wide staircase, through a mural-lined hallway, across an auditorium. Finally, he strides through an oversized doorway and into an expansive theater, where a grand piano is situated in the middle of the otherwise unadorned floor. Taking a seat at the piano bench, he moves his hands to the keys and begins to play.

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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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