#BehindtheLens

"Sight, Sound & Story" Takes on Cinematography

Manhattan Edit Workshop’s recent Sight, Sound & Story: Art of Cinematography in New York City featured two one-hour panels: “Thinking In Pictures — Perspectives, Compositions, Lighting and Mood” and “Life Behind the Lens: DPs Talk Careers and Creativity in Film and Television.” The first focused on documentary work and the second on narrative-based storytelling. Both sparked questions and ideas in the head of this DP, including what roles and responsibilities cinematographers play in the storytelling process.


Art of The Shot: Eric Edwards

The DP of Lovelace, Knocked Up, and Bosch talks life, work, and vintage cinema lenses.

You have seen Eric Alan Edward’s work. I would go so far as to say you have likely watched more than one of his films. This has been my journey discovering the cinematography of Eric Edwards. As I did my research I realized I have, on more than one occasion, sat in a theater and watched his work flicker by on the screen in front of me while I stuffed my mouth with salted popcorn. The big comedies “Knocked Up,” “The Break-Up,” and “Delivery Man” are just a few big budget films he has lensed. Then there is his more dramatic work on “Lovelace,” the Amazon Original series “Bosch,” and “The Slaughter Rule.” Edwards also shot music videos for Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Donna Summers, Alanis Morissette, Paul Simon and the Red Hot Chili Peppers video Under the Bridge which won a MTV’s best music video of the year. Like I wrote, you have likely seen Edwards work.

If print does not do you justice you have an option to listen to Eric in person by heading over to Sight, Sound, & Story. Manhattan Edit Workshop’s speaker series. The workshop will dive into the craft of visual storytelling from masters behind the lens. Joining Eric Edwards will be Eric Lin (My Blind Brother), and Vanja Cernjul (Marco Polo.)

Art of the Shot: Eric Lin

The cinematographer of “My Blind Brother” talks his most difficult shot with PV

Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Eric Lin who is a cinematographer best known for his work on I Smile Back (2015), Equity (2016) and Rudderless (2014). His latest film “My Blind Brother” hit theaters earlier this year and can currently be seen on Video on Demand. The conversation between Eric and myself not only touched on his most difficult shot from “My Blind Brother,” but also about life as a cinematographer who is trying to balance work and life. To focus topics and for better understanding, I edited the transcribed audio from our interview. I tried to keep Eric’s voice and answers as true to our conversation as possible.

If after reading this transcribed interview between Eric Lin and myself and you want to hear more from Eric then head over to Sight, Sound, & Story. Manhattan Edit Workshop’s speaker series. The workshop will dive into the craft of visual storytelling from masters behind the lens. Joining Eric Lin will be Eric Alan Edwards (My Own Private Idaho) and Vanja Cernjul (Marco Polo).

Life as an independent cinematographer, an interview with Nancy Schreiber, ASC

I had the pleasure of speaking with Nancy Schreiber, ASC, who will be featured at the upcoming Manhattan Edit Workshop event September 30th, 2015. She will be presenting with other notable cinematographers like Hugo Perez (Betty La Flaca, Juliet Y Ramon), Matt Porwoll (Cartel Land, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1), Jerry Ricciotti (Vice, Vice News), and Paul Koestner (Louie, Deadbeat, Better Things). Nancy has a huge list of work throughout her career ranging in short films, documentaries, TV and feature films.