Natural Light

by Amanda Lin Costa on May 13, 2011

Not to brag, but I hear time and time again how beautifully shot my film is. I can’t give enough credit to Emon Hassan for this. People ask me how big my crew was on the film and I laugh. Emon shot and we shared the fussing over the few lights we used inside. A reflector was used on some shots outside.

We were not crazy. We did this because we had been shooting documentaries on the Canon 5D Mark II 5D and spent “equipment” budget on lens and a Kessler Cineslider. What was hand-held was frankly, well, handheld – we had a Red Rock Micro-rig but never a Steady Cam.

To prove we were not crazy, look at this trailer for “The Tree of Life.” A more stunningly shot film could not be seen and as you will read in this article at ICG Magazine, most of the film was shot hand-held with natural light. It is a great article especially if you are a fan of Terrence Malick or just love the process of filmmaking.


Famous Letters

by Amanda Lin Costa on March 14, 2011

The New Yorker has a wonderful piece on the paper work and letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Timeless correspondence with Jacqueline Kennedy regarding her husband is available to peruse in the reading room of the Manuscripts and Archives Division of The New York Public Library.

The article left me wanting to visit this room (how have I not gone before?!?) and worried that the letter is truly dead and such treasure troves of our time will not exist for the next generation.

Are there collections of letters that you have read that have changed your life?



January 16, 2011

Yes. It is official.  The IMDB page is up: SO now I have to make it look pretty.   This is where you come in.  Please let me know which of these posters you think should be on the IMDB page! Poster One – Sepia Poster Two Colorful Poster Three White Border Become involved in [...]

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