Color Timer Podcast: 15 Minutes with Colorist Eric Weidt

Desert island movies, David Fincher, and the poetry of color.

Vincent Taylor, Senior Colorist
May 19, 2023
MixingLight.com

Eric Weidt has worked as a Colorist on impressive projects such as Mindhunter and Mank. He spent 15 years in Paris working with fashion photographers and filmmakers (developing look-up tables) and has a BA in theatre arts.

Eric has worked exclusively with director David Fincher since 2015. We delve into his relationship with the famous director and explore his process for his incredible Black & White work in the motion picture ‘Mank’. We even talk about the one film he would watch if he only had one choice (stuck on a desert island with electricity).

Eric Weidt: “I’m remastering some of his old classics right now. Like, I remastered The Social Network [in 4K], I’m in the process of remastering Panic Room, and I’m also just starting on Seven“.

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Film 101: Why James Wong Howe Is One of Hollywood’s Greatest Cinematographers

Turner Classic Movies
May 1, 2023

“My aesthetic has always been tied to the Gordon Willises of the world, the Jordan Cronenweths, the Conrad Halls, the James Wong Howes… the people who took risks.”

David Fincher
Seven‘ Criterion Laserdisc commentary, 1996

This May on TCM, we’re celebrating the work of groundbreaking cinematographer James Wong Howe. In this episode of Film 101, we explore how his techniques transformed cinema, the personal and professional obstacles he had to overcome, and why his work on films such as ‘He Ran All the Way’ (1951), ‘Picnic’ (1955), ‘Sweet Smell of Success’ (1957), and ‘Hud’ (1963) are celebrated to this day.

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Why Making ‘Panic Room’ was Fincher’s Nightmare

Daniel Netzel
April 20, 2023

Panic Room is one of David Fincher‘s unsung masterpieces, at least as far as thrillers are concerned. It was a logistical nightmare to put everything on screen, and this video essay breaks down elements of its direction, editing, and staging to understand all of the magic behind the scenes, and why it’s so good at creating tension.

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Life in the Credits: Mank with Gaffer Danny González

Susan Swarner and Ben Blohm
April 6, 2023
Life in the Credits

Life in the Credits is an educational podcast where hosts Susan Swarner and Ben Blohm learn about the entertainment industry from the people who work in it. They discuss the guest’s career, a feature film, and play a game. For anyone who dreams of working on movies, wants to learn about film-making, or loves watching shows.

Danny González, Gaffer, joins Susan and Ben to discuss Mank, a 2020 biographical drama. Danny shares what it’s like having a career in the lighting department for movies, TV, and commercials. He discusses the process of building a lighting design for a show, the difference between lighting on a sound stage versus on location, executing a particularly difficult scene on the set of Devotion, and filming on Hawaii on the deck of Queen Anne’s Revenge from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides during a huge storm. We also get a behind-the-scenes look into Danny’s work on the Oscar-winning film Mank. Danny plays our “Fincher’s Familiar Films” game.

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Life in Our Credits:

Executive Producer: Michelle Levin
Logo Art: Melissa Durkin
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Alan Pakula: Going for Truth

Quixotic Endeavors
April 7, 2023

Alan Pakula: Going for Truth encompasses the personal and professional life of Alan J. Pakula, a lauded filmmaker and extremely private man, who was unflinching in his commitment to bringing some of the most memorable movies of the last half of the 20th century to the big screen. Select cast members from his wide-ranging filmography including To Kill A Mockingbird, Klute, The Parallax View, All the President’s Men, Sophie’s Choice, Presumed Innocent, and The Pelican Brief bring Pakula to life once more; while family and friends share their memories of knowing him as an artist, a husband, and a stepfather.

“As a storyteller, Pakula always put the substance of the story ahead of his own personal style for how the story should be told. His true signature was his anonymity. This led to his responsibility for the indelible classics he created, yet he hasn’t had the proper spotlight for his efforts until now.”

Featuring: Alan Alda, Jane Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Candice Bergen, Carl Bernstein, Jeff Bridges, Tom Brokaw, James L. Brooks, Dick Cavett, Brian Dennehy, Jane Fonda, Harrison Ford, Tony Goldwyn, Dustin Hoffman, Annette Insdorf, Kevin Kline, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Matthew Modine, Alan J. Pakula, Austin Pendleton, Christopher Plummer, André Previn, Robert Redford, Steven Soderbergh, Meryl Streep, Bob Woodward.

Music by Earl Rose.

Written, Produced, and Directed by Matthew Miele.

Runtime: 1h 38min

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37th ASC Awards Nominee Interviews: Anastas Michos, ASC, GSC

The American Society of Cinematographers / American Cinematographer
March 2, 2023

Cinematographer Anastas Michos, ASC, GSC speaks with American Cinematographer‘s Tara Jenkins about his nominated work on Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities – “The Autopsy” (Netflix).

Michos is nominated in the Pilot, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made For Television category (Category sponsored by ARRI).

Coca-Cola – “Blade Roller” (1993)

In 2021 AD, the futuristic megalopolis of ZERO-CITY is under martial law. When the authorities try to enforce a curfew, a gang of renegade “Blade Rollers” defy it rollerblading daredevil-style through the deserted rain-slicked streets.

For this stylistic homage to Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982), director David Fincher recruited the cinematographer of the classic film, Jordan CronenwethASC, one of his all-time heroes.

It was also the first collaboration between Fincher and Producer Ceán Chaffin.

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1993. Coca-Cola – Blade Roller

Microsalón AEC: Erik Messerschmidt, ASC

Fotografía de Suwon Lee. Gentileza de AEC.

José Val Bal, AEC
26 noviembre, 2022
Microsalón AEC

El director de fotografía Erik Messerschmidt, ASC, habla sobre su trabajo en Devotion (J. D. Dillard, 2022), Mank (2020), y la serie de TV Mindhunter (2017, 2019).

Entrevista en inglés con interpretación simultanea al español.

Director of Photography Erik Messerschmidt, ASC, talks about his work on Devotion (J. D. Dillard, 2022), Mank (2020), and the TV series Mindhunter (2017, 2019).

Interview in English with simultaneous interpretation to Spanish.

RED Stage 4 Sessions: Jeff Cronenweth, ASC, and Steven Meizler

Jarred Land and Naida Albright
January 13, 2023
RED Digital Cinema

Jeff Cronenweth, ASC, and Steven Meizler, two cinematography legends, sit down with RED‘s Jarred Land and Naida Albright. They discuss the challenges and triumphs of shooting projects like Che and The Social Network during the early years of RED and how those experiences and their continued relationship with the brand have forged a symbiotic relationship that has helped their art and more importantly, helped to push RED’s technology forward to meet their high standards.

Two-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, ASC, is known for his role as the director of photography on Fight Club, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl.

Emmy-award winner Steven Meizler‘s films include Che, The Minority Report, The Queen’s Gambit, The OA, Godless, and the upcoming American political drama series The White House Plumbers.

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Entrevista a Erik Messerschmidt ASC

Julio Gómez
Diciembre 30, 2022
Camera & Light

Durante el MicroSalón Madrid 2022 tuvimos la oportunidad de charlar con el invitado especial de la AEC, el director de fotografía Erik Messerschmidt ASC.

Os ofrecemos la conversación que mantuvo con Julio Gómez (al que hemos cortado porque no le pusimos micro) sobre sus trabajos con David Fincher (“Mank“, “Mindhunter“) y también trabajaos recientes en colaboración con Dana Gonzáles, como “Fargo” o “Legión“.

Entrevista filmada y montada por Juan Esparza Cevallos para Camera & Light.