Industry Insights with Cinematographer Michael Franks

Posted On Dec 12 2019 by

first_imgPremiumBeat stepped behind the lens with cinematographer Michael Franks to discuss his insight on technology, and how to create the cinematic look.Whether it’s lighting mountain ranges, live sketch comedy, or Disney favorites, Michael Franks approaches each project with a fresh mind and an eye for story.Hannah Montana (Buena Vista Television).PremiumBeat: Michael, you’ve worked on some of the most iconic Disney shows, including Jessie, Hannah Montana, and That’s So Raven. Is there a Disney “look,” or have you found each show was approached differently?Michael Franks: I have worked on a variety of projects for Disney, Nickelodeon, Amazon, and other networks. I enjoy approaching each project with an open mind, discovering what the needs of the show are, and how we might best serve them. Each show presents unique opportunities for me to create a specific look for that project. The costumes, production design, in addition to the lighting approach, and camera and lens choices all affect the final look of the show. It’s a collaboration, and we discover together what the look will be.PB: You’ve won two consecutive Emmy Awards for lighting ESPN’s Summer and Winter X Games, what goes into creating the look of the live coverage?MF: The X Games I got to work on from the 1st Winter Games in Big Bear, and then the 2nd Summer Games in San Diego — starting in 1997. My involvement grew over the years. It started with creating the look for the host areas that were quite extensive in the early X Games, and then my work grew from there.One of the largest undertakings was when I suggested we light the backgrounds for the night coverage for the Winter X Games in Aspen. There was no inherent night lighting for Aspen mountain. So, with my team, we devised a comprehensive plan to light the mountain, the tree lines, and put color behind the on-camera talent. Much of the background just showed up as black on camera, previously.This proved to be more challenging than we thought! Trees that looked twenty-feet tall in our survey photos turned out to be 300-feet tall, and lighting the backgrounds meant dragging cable, lights, and other equipment — with snowmobiles — for thousands of feet! In the end, it was worth it though. The producers were happy, and we continued to do that for a few years at the Aspen Winter X Games.Michael Franks. All That (Nickelodeon Network).PB: As cinematographer of Nickelodeon’s All That, what challenges do you face in filming fast-paced, high-standard sketch comedy?MF: My time on SNL really served me well with the reboot of All That. With All That, one of the things we must be is flexible, spontaneous, fast, and good! I think that’s one of the things I find most appealing (as I did with SNL) is working under a very tight schedule. It pushes our creativity to come up with ideas and solutions we might not think of otherwise. On a weekly basis, we are lighting sometimes eight to ten new sets (we counted over seventy-two sets we lit over a ten-week schedule). Some sets are set up overnight Thursday, and we light and shoot them on Friday. It’s an intense schedule, but I find it appealing. I couldn’t do it without a great crew, which I feel lucky to have. These women and men . . . I get to work with each week, are absolutely fantastic.One of the other challenges is to give the show a high-quality look, given the time frame. I was asked to give the show an “upgraded” look. We work very hard to give each sketch a look and feel that’s specific for the sketch, and we resist lighting the show in a formulaic manner. Sometimes, as with the movie A Silent Place, which was a spoof of the movie A Quiet Place, we got to do a very specific and dramatic look. I was asked by the director, Jonathan Judge (who I enjoy collaborating with), to create a single-camera look, and he had planned very specific camera angles that we could light to. This was a lot of fun to create something unusual, while working within the time constraints of having actors that are minors in a multi-camera schedule.We use a lot of the new technology that’s available to us now, which helps us with the process of being nimble, while creating the extremely varied looks we are asked to create. We utilize the latest automated lights for our music segments and wireless LEDs, as well as conventional equipment for our sketches. It’s a great time to be working — the technology in both camera and lighting has come such a long way. We have the tools now to create bold, interesting looks that were much more difficult and time-consuming to create in the past.Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (Amazon Studios).PB: Amazon’s Sigmund and the Sea Monsters is a re-imaging of the 1973 original children’s hit show. Were you mindful of the look of the original, or were the storytellers interested in an updated, modern feel?MF: For Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, I was asked to create a wholly different look than that of the original. Amazon set the bar high, and I was asked to create a “feature-quality look” that was much more cinematic than what was done originally. I, again, got to collaborate with Jonathan Judge to create the new look for the current version. We shot the show single-camera on the ARRI ALEXA, and created sets on location for the pilot and onstage for the series.We were conscious to create a look that was current, as well as paying homage to the original. We wanted the environment to feel like we’re in a real place, where these sea monsters then inhabit. We were thrilled that Amazon liked what we did in the pilot, and then picked up six more episodes. It was a lot of fun to shoot this series.Michael Franks. All That (Nickelodeon Network).PB: Any general or specific advice you’d give a young cinematographer when navigating the work or the business?MF: Never stop learning, and be kind. Technology continues to advance, and it’s important for the cinematographer to know what tools are available to them, but the aesthetic is what’s important. The technology is there for us to utilize to create the vision.I also think it’s important to be kind and help each other grow and move forward. It’s a unique business because it’s a craft that I feel needs to be learned and shared. But, it can be a cutthroat business too, and we can easily lose the human kindness in that. I like what Steve Jobs said, “Stay hungry, stay foolish.” Don’t lose sight of why you want to do this work!Cover image via Amazon Studios.Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Insights: The Man in the High Castle’s Cinematographer Gonzalo AmatInterview: Composer Chad Cannon on the Obamas’ Higher GroundIndustry Insights: “Better Call Saul” Production Designer Judy RheeComposer David Schwartz on VEEP, The Good Place and Arrested DevelopmentThe Editor of “Us” on Working with Jordan Peele and the Horror Genrelast_img read more


F2 steadies ship in time, turns back fighting Sta. Lucia

Posted On Nov 28 2019 by

first_imgAby Marano of F2 Logistics saves the ball. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIt took an error-riddled third set to unleash F2 Logistics’ fury Saturday night.Just when it was expecting a trouble-free ride, the defending champion were forced into a turbulent frame by feisty Sta. Lucia Realty before pulling off a 25-18, 25-16, 18-25, 25-10 win in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games But they allowed the Realtors to claw back and steal the set through the efforts of lefty spiker Danika Gendrauli, Shirley Salamagos, Janine Navarro and Mar-Jana Phillps.“We were affected by our unforced errors especially in our serves,” said Baron.That was because the Cargo Movers were charging their serves to push the Realtors defenders far back in the court.Sta. Lucia was even ahead in the fourth, 4-2, but F2 Logistics decided that it had enough. With authority, Aby Maraño and Kim Kiana Dy declared their side of the court a no-fly zone by scoring four straight kill blocks.That formidable missile shield allowed F2 Logistics to build an 18-6 lead in the fourth that it never gave up.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentscenter_img Sta. Lucia fought closely in terms of attacks, as F2 barely won the spiking battle, 38-36. But the Realtors, who dropped to 2-4, had 35 errors compared to the Cargo Movers’ 22. F2 Logistics also had more aces 11-5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The star-studded Cargo Movers, the hands down favorites of the full-packed Batangas City Coliseum, thus posted their fourth straight victory to rule Pool D and solidify their bid to finish in the top four in the preliminaries.Middle blocker Majoy Baron led F2 Logistics with 22 points, including seven aces for the franchise that had a bleak start after it dropped its first two matches in the conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There is still a long way to go for us as far as chemistry is concerned. We need to improve on a lot of things first,” said the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player for La Salle.One of their concerns will most likely be their killer instinct as the Cargo Movers were leading, 9-6, in the third set after winning the first two frames. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Thelma Barina: When we were championslast_img read more


Stephen Curry’s moon theory leaves NASA baffled

Posted On Nov 27 2019 by

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Curry raised eyebrows on Monday when he became the latest basketball player to advance a conspiracy theory, echoing Kyrie Irving’s assertion in 2017 that the Earth was flat.Speaking on “The Winging It” podcast, Curry said he had doubts about whether NASA had actually put a man on the Moon in 1969.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked on the podcast, before several fellow guests replied: “Nope.”“They’re going to come get us,” Curry added after advancing the theory. “Steph, so much respect for you, but re the moon landing thing, let’s talk,” Kelly wrote. “DM me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies,” he added.Curry’s remarks drew a bemused response from a NASA spokesman, who invited the two-time NBA MVP to a tour of the agency’s facilities.“We’d love for Mr Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” NASA spokesman Allard Beutel told The New York Times.“We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see firsthand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we’re doing now to go back to the moon in the coming years, but this time to stay.”Retired US astronaut Scott Kelly, a veteran of four space flights and former commander of the International Space Station, meanwhile weighed in on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ FILE – Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors plays against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on December 01, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors ace Stephen Curry is no stranger to the occasional moon shot.But the NBA star’s suggestion that the lunar landings may have been an elaborate hoax has left NASA puzzled.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sparring partner confident Manny Pacquiao can KO Adrian Broner Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View commentslast_img read more


Garcia denies abusing Umtiti

Posted On Nov 14 2019 by

first_imgBarcelona Sergio Garcia denies racially abusing Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti Ryan Benson 23:35 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Sergio Garcia Espanyol Getty Barcelona Espanyol v Barcelona Espanyol Primera División The Espanyol star responded to media reports that he racially abused the Barcelona defender in the tunnel after Sunday’s derby Espanyol forward Sergio Garcia has strenuously denied media reports claiming he racially abused Samuel Umtiti during Sunday’s Barcelona derby.Garcia and Umtiti clashed several times during the match, with the Spaniard producing a nasty tackle on his counterpart early on and also appearing to dive near him in the penalty area later in the game.One of their altercations occurred just before full-time in the 1-1 draw at the RCDE Stadium and discussions continued in the tunnel. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was reported that the two clashed and had to be separated by Gerard Pique, with Garcia alleged to have aimed a racial slur at the Frenchman, before later apologising.But Garcia has spoken out on the matter, insisting he was not racist and that he has spoken with Umtiti to clear things up.Taking to his Instagram page before making it a private account, Garcia wrote: “First of all, to clarify, I already spoke with Samuel [on Sunday].”In no way was my behaviour racist. You all know my wife is an ethnic gypsy and I grew up in a neighbourhood with all the races in the world.”My brother-in-law [former Espanyol forward and current Cologne player Jhon Cordoba], with whom I have a strong friendship, is also African-American.”In the tension of the match, many things are said which should remain on the pitch.”last_img read more


WHY THE CAST OF PET SEMATARY LOOKS SO FAMILIAR

Posted On Oct 15 2019 by

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Advertisement It’s been decades since the first movie adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary taught audiences not to trust their cats, and America is well overdue for a refresher. Luckily for us, there’s 1992’s Pet Sematary Two, the sequel so bad that King had his name removed from the credits. And luckily for people who don’t like bleeding from their eyes, there’s the 2019 remake of the original.Directed by relative newcomers Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer and written by The Prodigy’s Jeff Buhler, Pet Sematary has received a load of positive reviews for its creepy atmosphere, commitment to the source material, and altogether ooky cast of characters. But who were the actors who decided that sometimes, not letting a franchise die is better? Let’s take a look at the talent behind the film and why so many of them look familiar. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Obssa Ahmed Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more


Human remains found near small coastal community in Labrador RCMP

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgThe Canadian PressPolice in Labrador are investigating the discovery of human remains near a coastal community.The RCMP say the remains were found Saturday near Makkovik.The Mounties say the remains have been sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification.Makkovik is a mainly Inuit community about 200 kilometres northeast of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.About 360 people live in the community.aptnnews.calast_img