20 12, 2010

(Part 3/3) Rising From Ashes: A Feature Documentary

December 20th, 2010|

  The "Rising from Ashes" team's massive entourage of gear. (Part I, Part II) Part III of the series "RISING FROM ASHES: A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY" Last week on the ikan Blog, we began our interview with documentary filmmaker/Director, TC Johnstone, regarding his latest feature entitled: “Rising to Ashes”--a powerful, well-shot, beautiful, full-of-hope documentary which captures the struggle of Rwanda’s only competitive cycling team, as they grow from grassroots bicyclists to national heroes, determined to raise high and represent their culture for the world to share. Let's continue: IK: How did you develop (or find, even) a team of filmmakers [...]

6 03, 2010

Just another Download Monkey?

March 6th, 2010|

The all-important job of DIT... just how necessary? I read an interesting article in ICG (International Cinematographer's Guild) Magazine yesterday.  In 'Got My Back,' a featured article from the February 2010 issue, Pauline Rogers writes about the crucial partnership that exists between the director of photography and the DIT (digital imaging technician).  If you get a chance after reading this article, head on over and check it out. Previously, I had heard one shooter use the term 'download monkey' in a self-deprecating manner (he no longer wanted to do DIT work, but rather branch into cinematography) and since [...]

13 11, 2009

The Longest Day in Production

November 13th, 2009|

We've all had them... some of us have been fortunate enough to have had several.  Even some on the same film.  For me, the single longest day in production (which was still a blast, by the way) was on a small indie feature shot in and around the Houston area. We were in Wharton, TX on Day 10 of a 15 day shoot for a small indie feature film.  It had a cool concept... clever ending with a twist and stellar performances by the two leads.  The director was a fun-loving sort who always kept us laughing between takes. And [...]