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  1. Behind the Lens: Toronto Film Festival Sizzle Reel

    11:00 am PDT 09/14/2013
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    A look behind the scenes as Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, Pierce Brosnan, Sandra Bullock and more actors, directors and cinematographers stopped by THR's video lounge to reflect on their filmmaking styles and share stories about bringing their projects to light. READ MORE

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  2. Behind the Lens: Meet the Multitalented Filmmakers of 'Almost Human'

    9:26 am PDT 09/12/2013
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    Joe Begos and Josh Ethier describe the title as 'Fire in the Sky' meets 'The Terminator.' READ MORE

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  3. Cinematographer Franz Lustig on How He Shot Both Love and War in 'How I Live Now'

    8:51 am PDT 09/12/2013
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    For the speculative fiction film starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by Kevin Macdonald, the DP had to work fast, often using available light, amid the changing weather conditions of the Wales countryside. READ MORE

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  4. Behind the Lens: 'Watermark' Shot Using More Than 20 Formats

    9:57 am PDT 09/11/2013
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    THR caught up with producer and cinematographer Nicholas de Pencier at the Toronto Film Festival. READ MORE

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  5. 'Blue Ruin' Director-Writer-Cinematographer: "I Needed More Days"

    9:00 am PDT 09/11/2013
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    To make his low-budget thriller 'Blue Ruin,' director-writer-cinematographer Jeremy Saulnier talks about how he took control of his film. "I see so many directors without that opportunity to work a scene … I needed more days," he said. "No 18-day schedule for me. I do 30 days. A key component was owning the camera." READ MORE

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  6. 'The Sacrament's Lenser Eric Robbins: "The Lead Actress Was On Fire"

    12:56 pm PDT 09/09/2013
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    Director of photography Eric Robbins talks about how he lensed 'The Sacrament,' director Ti West’s take on cults. He used primarily the Canon C300, plus the Canon 5D cameras, to create the point of view of a video journalist. Here, Robbins describes the shoot. READ MORE

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  7. Why 'Labor Day's' Cinematographer Baked A Pie With Jason Reitman

    7:00 am PDT 09/09/2013
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    Labor Day’s director of photography Eric Steelberg and director Jason Reitman have known each other since they were teens, and have collaborated on films including 'Young Adult,' 'Up in the Air' and 'Juno.' READ MORE

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  8. Toronto Behind the Lens: 'Devil’s Knot' Lenser Hopes 'Film Can Remain a Choice'

    2:33 pm PDT 09/08/2013
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    "We all have to embrace the growth of digital," says Paul Sarossy. READ MORE

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  9. Toronto Behind the Lens: Filming Jason Bateman's 'Bad Words' With 'Bold Cinema'

    1:17 pm PDT 09/08/2013
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    Jason Bateman was "one of the most prepared visual directors I have every worked with," says cinematographer Ken Seng. READ MORE

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  10. Toronto Behind the Lens: Eli Roth Calls 4K 'Insane' at Canon/THR Panel

    12:23 pm PDT 09/08/2013
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    "If one person got a pimple, it was incredibly noticeable -- and we were just shooting in HD," the filmmaker said of filming "The Green Inferno." READ MORE

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  11. 'Oculus' Cinematography: References Included 'The Shining' and 'Poltergeist'

    7:45 am PDT 09/08/2013
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    "The film references that we looked at were mostly about tone," said director of photography Michael Fimognari of director Mike Flanagan’s "character-centric horror narrative" Oculus. READ MORE

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  12. Toronto Behind the Lens: 'All Cheerleaders Die' Lenser Says Directors Wanted Fresh Start

    1:25 pm PDT 09/07/2013
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    The film, which had its world premiere at TIFF, is a remake of writers-directors Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson. READ MORE

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  13. How ‘We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’ Cinematographer Was Inspired by ‘Rush’

    9:06 am PDT 09/07/2013
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    Anthony Dod Mantle—who won an Oscar for 'Slumdog Millionaire' and shot TIFF entry 'Rush'—has had “a huge influence on me especially in terms of what you can do digitally,” says Jeff Bierman—director of photography of dramatic crime thriller 'We Gotta Ge Out Of Here.' The movie marks the feature directorial debut of Simon and Zeke Hawkins. READ MORE

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  14. Cinematographer Rogier Stoffers On Daniel Radcliffe: He Was The Guy Asking, "Can I Carry a Camera Case?"

    6:32 am PDT 09/07/2013
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    Having shot Michael Dowse’s romantic comedy "The F Word," in which the former Harry Potter actor stars, the director of photography says that Daniel Radcliffe "was incredible. If we were moving locations, he was the guy asking ‘What can I carry? Can I carry a camera case?'" READ MORE

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  15. Toronto: THR Behind the Lens Videos

    9:43 am PDT 09/06/2013
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    A look at filmmaking with some of the biggest cinematographers in the business at the Toronto Film Festival, sponsored by Canon. READ MORE

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  16. ‘Little Feet’ Cinematographer Got the Gig After the Meeting the Director on a Park Bench

    9:38 am PDT 09/06/2013
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    Cinematographer David Walter Lech recalls that he was sitting on a park bench in L.A. when director Alexandre Rockwell sat down beside him and started a conversation, eventually asking, “Are you a camera person? I’m shooting a film next week with my kids.” Seven days later, the pair was making 'Little Feet.' READ MORE

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  17. 'Lucky Them' Cinematographer: "The Wind Was Kicking … The Crew Was Miserable"

    2:54 pm PDT 09/05/2013
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    Lensed on location in Seattle with the Arri Alexa, Lucky Them's cinematography was sometimes challenging. "We were shooting in January on a beach," cinematographer Ben Kutchins said of one of scene. READ MORE

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  18. 'Palo Alto' Cinematographer on James Franco and Sensitive Subject Matter

    2:51 pm PDT 09/05/2013
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    "One thing that shines through the most is the cast," director of photography Autumn Durald said of Palo Alto. "James Franco is an amazing actor -- seeing him against Emma Roberts in the intimate scenes; it's a sensitive subject matter as he is a soccer coach and she is his student." READ MORE

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  19. Behind the Lens: 'Tracks' Cinematographer Describes Shooting in a Dust Storm

    9:00 am PDT 09/05/2013
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    Mandy Walker -- who previously lensed Baz Luhrmann’s "Australia" -- says Mia Wasikowska performed “with dust in her eyes and mouth." READ MORE

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