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First Images From Terence Davies' 'Sunset Song,' Film Shooting In 65mm

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 2, 2014 10:21 AM
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Sunset Song

With productions labs and resources continuing to dwindle, the march towards a (mostly) digital film future continues, though there are a handful of notable filmmakers hanging on to the old way of doing things. Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson are just two of the big names who are sticking by traditional film stock as much as possible, and now, a veteran director is also embracing a big camera negative while he still can.

Production has started on Terence Davies' next effort, "Sunset Song," with the first images arriving, but the news comes with an interesting tidbit: he's shooting the movie on 65mm. As folks know, that's the format PTA used on "The Master," and Variety reports that Davies has selected 65mm to “ensure depth, clarity and emotional impact on the screen,” with the landscape to “feature as a character in its own right.” So yes, eyeballs will be melted.

Of course, the number of theatres equipped to project 65mm is another matter entirely, and folks may recall that even for all of PTA's efforts, most folks saw "The Master" in cinemas digitally (still looked pretty gorgeous though).

As for "Sunset Song," it's an adapation of the classic Scottish novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, centering on Chris Guthrie, a farmer's daughter who struggles to find love admist hardship and family dysfunction, with WWI looming in the background. Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan and Kevin Guthrie feature in the film, and if it's half as ravishing to look at and moving as Davies' last effort, the underrated "The Deep Blue Sea," we'll be pleased.

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  • buddy | May 2, 2014 2:21 PMReply

    A 'handful' of filmmakers my arse. Since I can't post the link I'll paste the whole page.

    Recent/upcoming films shot on Kodak film.

    Title Director DP

    Star Trek Into Darkness J.J. Abrams Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC
    Noah Darren Aronofsky Matthew Libatique
    Grace of Monaco Olivier Dahan Eric Gautier
    Batman vs. Superman Zack Snyder Larry Fong
    Edge of Tomorrow Doug Liman Dion Beebe
    Entourage Doug Ellin Steven Fierberg
    The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese Rodrigo Prieto
    Jurassic World Colin Trevorrow John Schwartzman
    Interstellar Christopher Nolan Hoyte Van Hoytema
    Cinderella Kenneth Branagh Haris Zambarloukos
    Dracula Untold Gary Shore John Schwartzman
    Transcendence Wally Pfister, ASC Jess Hall, BSC
    The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson Robert Yeoman, ASC
    Inside Llewyn Davis Joel and Ethan Coen Bruno Delbonnel, AFC, ASC
    Twelve Years a Slave Steve McQueen Sean Bobbitt, BSC
    Snowpiercer Joon-ho Bong Joon-ho Bong
    Tammy Ben Falcone Russ Alsobrook, ASC
    Ant-Man Edgar Wright Bill Pope
    Love & Mercy Bill Pohlad Robert Yeoman, ASC
    Olive Kitteridge (HBO) Lisa Cholodenko Fred Elmes
    Saint Laurent Bertrand Bonello Josee Deshaies
    Man of Steel Zack Snyder Amir Mokri
    The Lone Ranger Gore Verbinski Bojan Bazelli, ASC
    The Hunger Games Catching Fire Francis Lawrence Jo Willems, BSC
    The Hangover Part III Todd Phillips Larry Sher

  • buddy | May 2, 2014 2:23 PM

    Boardwalk Empire (HBO) Various David Franco
    Fast & Furious 6 Justin Lin Stephen F. Windon, ACS
    Mud Jeff Nichols Adam Stone
    True Blood (HBO) Various David Klein, ASC and Romeo Tirone
    The Heat Paul Feig Robert Yeoman, ASC
    Blue Jasmine Woody Allen Javier Aguirresarobe, AEC
    Fruitvale Station Ryan Coogler Rachel Morrison
    Breaking Bad (AMC) Various Michael Slovis, ASC
    Happy Christmas Joe Swanberg Ben Richardson
    Low Down Jeff Preiss Christopher Blauvelt
    Listen Up Philip Alex Ross Perry Sean Price Williams
    Boyhood Richard Linklater Lee Daniel
    Little Accidents Sara Colangelo Rachel Morrison
    The Double Richard Ayoade Erik Wilson
    Young Ones Jake Paltrow Giles Nuttgens, BSC
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Marc Webb Dan Mindel. ASC, BSC
    Runner Runner Brad Furman Mauro Fiore, ASC
    August: Osage County John Wells Adriano Goldman, ABC
    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Justin Chadwick Lol Crawley
    All You Need Is Kill Doug Liman Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS
    Robopocalypse Steven Spielberg Janusz Kaminski
    Noah Darren Aronofsky Matty Libatique, ASC
    2 Guns Baltasar Kormakur Oliver Wood
    Noble Stephen Bradley
    Trevor Forrest
    How to Catch a Monster Ryan Gosling Benoit Debie
    American Horror Story (FX) Various Michael Goi, ASC
    God Help the Girl Stuart Murdoch Giles Nuttgens, BSC
    Half of a Yellow Sun Biyi Bandele John de Borman, BSC
    Nina Cynthia Mort Mihai Malaimare Jr.
    Now You See Me Louis Leterrier Mitchell Amundsen; Larry Fong, ASC
    The Butler Lee Daniels Andrew Dunn, BSC
    Malavita Luc Besson Thierry Arbogast
    The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes Rob Hardy, BSC
    Foxcatcher Bennet Miller Greig Fraser, ACS
    Hidden Universe Russell Scott Malcolm Ludgate, ACS
    True Detective (TV) Cary Fukunaga Adam Arkapaw
    Olympus Has Fallen Antoine Fuqua Conrad W. Hall
    G.I. Joe: Retaliation Jon M. Chu Stephen Windon, ACS
    The Place Beyond the Pines Derek Cianfrance Sean Bobbitt, BSC
    Sweetwater Logan Miller and Noah Miller Brad Shield
    Unfinished Song Paul Andrew Williams Carlos Catalan
    Red 2 Dean Parisot Enrique Chediak, ASC
    The Spectacular Now James Ponsoldt Jess Hall, BSC
    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Thor Freudenthal Shelly Johnson, ASC
    Blood Nick Murphy George Richmond
    Ain’t Them Bodies Saints David Lowery Bradford Young
    Austenland Jerusha Hess Larry Smith, BSC
    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Harald Zwart Geir Hartly Andreassen, FSF
    Two and a Half Men (TV) Various Steven Silver, ASC
    The World’s End Edgar Wright Bill Pope, ASC
    Closed Circuit John Crowley Adriano Goldman, ABC
    Emperor Peter Webber Stuart Dryburgh, ASC
    Last Days on Mars Ruairi Robinson Robbie Ryan
    Oldboy Spike Lee Sean Bobbitt, BSC
    The Walking Dead (AMC) Various Rohn Schmidt
    Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt Thomas Kloss
    Kill Your Darlings John Krokidas Reed Morano, ASC
    The Monuments Men George Clooney Phedon Papamichael, ASC
    Saving Mr. Banks John Lee Hancock John Schwartzman, ASC
    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Ben Stiller Stuart Dryburgh, ASC
    Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit Kenneth Branagh Haris Zambarloukos, BSC
    Grace of Monaco Olivier Dahan Eric Gautier, AFC
    Spring Breakers Harmony Korine Benoît Debie
    The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) Paolo Sorrentino Luca Bigazzi
    Beasts of the Southern Wild Behn Zeitlin Ben Richardson
    Savages Oliver Stone Dan Mindel, BSC, ASC
    The Sapphires Wayne Blaire Warwick Thornton
    Bourne Legacy Tony Gilroy Robert Elswit, ASC
    Premium Rush David Koepp Mitchell Amundsen
    Oslo, August 31st Joachim Trier Jakob Ihre
    What Maisie Knew Scott McGehee, David Siegel Giles Nuttgens, BSC
    For Ellen So Yong Kim Reed Morano, ASC
    The Company You Keep Robert Redford Adriano Goldman, ABC
    The Master Paul Thomas Anderson Mihai Malaimare, Jr.
    Arbitrage Nicholas Jarecki Yorick Le Saux
    Looper Rian Johnson Steve Yedlin
    Taken 2 Olivier Megaton Romain Lacourbas
    Jayne Mansfield's Car Billy Bob Thornton Barry Markowitz, ASC
    Seven Psychopaths Martin McDonagh Ben Davis, BSC
    Argo Ben Affleck Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC
    Midnight's Children Deepa Mehta Giles Nuttgens, BSC
    Cloud Atlas Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski John Toll, ASC, Frank Griebe
    Lincoln Steven Spielberg Janusz Kaminski
    Dangerous Liasons Jin-ho Hur Byung-seo Kim
    Anna Karenina Joe Wright Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC
    A Royal Affair Nikolaj Arcel Rasmus Videbæk
    The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and 2 Bill Condon Guillermo Navarro, ASC
    Silver Linings Playbook David O. Russell Masanobu Takayanagi
    Killing Them Softly Andrew Dominik Greig Fraser
    Les Miserables Tom Hooper Danny Cohen, BSC
    The Impossible Juan Antonio Bayona Óscar Faura
    On the Road Walter Salles Eric Gautier, AFC
    Jack Reacher Christopher McQuarrie Caleb Deschanel, ASC

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