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Shane Halibut ASC

The guys at RedShark News have been working with RED and G-Technology to look at the issues, opportunities and practical solutions around shooting in higher-than-4K resolutions. They asked cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC, what it’s like to work in higher-than 4K resolutions using RED cameras and G-Technology storage Q: What are the main artistic reasons for working in higher-than 4K resolutions? A: Flexibility in post production is a big factor if the project calls for it but the overall image quality is what has attracted me to the platform of shooting in greater than 4K on the RED Weapon. There is …
Sarah-Green-Creative-Producer

Creative producer Sarah Green, known for working with filmmakers with a distinctive vision such as Terrence Malick or Jeff Nichols started as a producer a few decades ago, before moving toward a more creative place. “As a filmmaker working with a Creative Producer, I can already appreciate the added value this team member offers, even though I’m only at the beginning of the process.” During her SXSW conversation, Green talked about her evolution from Producer to Creative Producer, and what that meant, in terms of mindset and tasks. Here is what she says: “Once you move past the line producer …
Boo Junfeng Apprentice

In Singapore, if a person murders another person, he or she could face the death penalty. Within the prison system, however, there is a person whose duty is to take a life. And it was this desire to understand the psyche of a prison executioner that drove Boo Junfeng to make his latest film Apprentice. “In many societies where the death penalty is practised, we often forget that there is a person, a human being, who is empowered to kill,” the writer-director explained. “I was curious to see how he sees himself in the moral and ethical equation. To me, …
Ang-Lee

Speaking at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), director Ang Lee has warned Chinese filmmakers to slow down and learn their craft rather than rush out under-developed films to satisfy the booming China market.“I don’t want to hold [directors] back from development, but they shouldn’t grow too fast. This is an emerging industry and the start of a golden age – it’s not the peak, it’s just the beginning,” said Lee, speaking at a SIFForum session hosted by digital giant Tencent on Monday (June 13). Lee described himself as a late bloomer, starting his career at the age of 26, …
james-wan1

There are horror movies, and then there are horror movies made by James Wan. As the co-creator of cult torture-porn franchise ‘Saw’, and with six horror movies under his belt, Wan is somewhat of an expert in engineering terror. 2013’s ‘The Conjuring’ saw the 39-year-old filmmaker top all of his other achievements to produce one of the scariest films of that year, and possibly of modern cinema. ‘The Conjuring’ certainly lives up to its name; conjuring chills, scares, screams, carefully sustaining it throughout with a sense of terror. It also raked in US$318 (S$438) million worldwide. The record-breaking box-office success …
Zhang Wei

Chinese entrepreneur-turned-director Zhang Wei is becoming known for naturalistic portrayals of the marginalised in China’s rapidly changing society, including “Factory Boss,” about a factory owner who desperately takes on low margin jobs from Western conglomerates to keep his business afloat, and “Destiny” (“Xi He”) the tale of an autistic boy’s struggle to get an education. “Boss” won the best actor prize for actor Yao Anlian at the 2014 Montreal World Film Festival. Zhang has just announced that he will shoot what is being touted as the first feature film from his country focussing on the difficulties of transgender people there. …