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The Institute supported the 1990 Kevin McKiernan film The Spirit of Crazy Horse. And again, this summer, Haskell and Kevin were shooting in South Dakota on the Rez, revisiting Pine Tree and Wounded Knee.
Haskell reports using the very small Sony 760 allowed him to do HD 24P shooting in tight, rough places like a pick-up truck on a washboard road. The image stabilizing control, which they call Balanced Optical Steady Shot, is a remarkable plus to a $1,500 consumer camera. Blur gets cut down and the entire optical block moves at once to maintain the optical path. Any questions, technical or about the subject matter of the new Wounded Knee shoot, use the Contact page or leave a Comment here.
In early February, 2012, Haskell headed to LMU for two days of workshops with students, focusing on film lighting techniques and documentary filmmaking. In Production Department Chair Charles Swanson’s class, moving from the standing set in LMU’s studio, they took over Studio Operations Administrator Frank Hughes’s office for a scene. They took turns covering the shot with a Sony Handycam HDR CX-700 and a RED Camera.
On behalf of the Institute, Haskell worked at Cal State Northridge, engaging students in discussions about the film Latino: The Director’s Cut. John Schultheiss of CSUN was very pleased with the interaction with the students on many aspects of filmmaking.
In accordance with the purpose of the Institute for Cinema Studies, Haskell continues to teach guest workshops at colleges and universities across the country. Recently, his lectures have coincided with screening and analysis of the Director’s Cut of Latino, released by Cinema Libre Studio last year.
Listen to this clip from NPR’s Talk of the Nation. In a pre-Academy Awards special, the show names Who Needs Sleep? as the number #1 film about Hollywood.
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