Clint Eastwood’s ‘Sully’ filmed almost entirely with IMAX cameras

A miracle landing deserves an epic-scale shooting. That’s why director Clint Eastwood has chosen to film Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Sully” – the airborne thriller based on true events — almost entirely with new ALEXA IMAX® 65mm cameras.

As a result, audiences will see the so-called `miracle on the Hudson’ depicted in stunning clarity.

And exclusively in IMAX® theatres, “Sully” will be presented in an expanded IMAX 1.9:1 aspect ratio and fill more of the IMAX screen – offering moviegoers 26% more of the image than standard cinemas for a truly immersive experience.

“Sully” stars Oscar winner Tom Hanks as Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.

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“Sully” also stars Aaron Eckhart as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.

Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the book Highest Duty by Sullenberger and Jeffrey Zaslow.

The ALEXA IMAX 65mm camera that Eastwood used in filming “Sully” is a next-generation revolutionary 2D digital camera developed through a partnership between ARRI and IMAX for use by today’s leading filmmakers working in the IMAX® format. The camera, when combined with IMAX’s digital re-mastering process, delivers the highest level of digital image capture and playback resulting in stunning lifelike images with pristine clarity, incredibly fine detail, vivid colors and a higher dynamic range for superior contrast.

Most films today are presented in an aspect ratio called CinemaScope (2.40:1). When a film is presented in CinemaScope, it is cropped and uses only part of the image the movie camera captures. This is the reason most ordinary screens are very wide but not particularly high.

With “Sully,” IMAX provided Eastwood with the ability to use an expanded aspect ratio for the film’s IMAX presentation during production through filming with the extremely high-resolution IMAX® camera.

Opening across the Philippines on Thursday, Sept 8, 2016 in IMAX and regular cinemas, “Sully” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Bradley Cooper reunites with ‘Hangover’ director for ‘War Dogs’

Four-time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper stars in and works as producer of Warner Bros. Pictures’ new comedic drama “War Dogs” from director Todd Phillips (“The Hangover” trilogy).

“War Dogs” marks the first film Cooper and Phillips produced together under their production company, Joint Effort, which was formed in 2014.

Based on a true story, “War Dogs” follows two friends in their early 20s living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, Efraim (Jonah Hill) and David (Miles Teller) begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military—a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government.

Despite their success, Efraim and David are still relatively small fish in the international arms dealer pond, where one of the biggest fish is a man named Henry Girard. Bradley Cooper, who plays the role, says, “Henry is definitely not somebody you would ever want to cross in any way, shape or form. Don’t let his poor eyesight or the thick prescription glasses fool you; they are no indication of how dangerous he can be. He has been banned from doing work with the U.S. military because he’s on a terrorist watch list, but Henry still has access to a tremendous amount of ammunition that Efraim and David need to solidify a deal worth $300 million, so they get hung up with him.”

Phillips notes, “Henry is that guy who’s been on both sides of every conflict. He doesn’t have a political standing; he just likes when people fight because it’s great for business and the character of Efraim loves that attitude. So when they finally meet him at an arms convention in Las Vegas, it’s a big moment for Efraim to sit across from his hero.”

Phillips goes on to reveal, “Henry is an amalgamation of different people. These guys start crossing the wrong kind of people in an attempt to fulfill this deal and then make it a little more profitable, and it becomes dangerous for them. But we had to simplify it, as you do in making movies, so it’s represented in this made-up character.”

Cooper adds, “One thing the movie shows is how susceptible someone can be when everything is put in front of him on a silver platter and how people deal with excess differently.”

Cooper, who shared in Phillips’ brand of camaraderie as part of the infamous Wolfpack, observes, “‘War Dogs’ feels very much like a natural progression in Todd’s evolution as a filmmaker because you have male characters that don’t feel so far away from his wheelhouse, yet there’s an edginess that takes it to the next level. The great thing about Todd is he’s always had his finger on the pulse of what’s cool. He can take a story with a dark texture and give it a patina that makes it humorous and exciting.”

Cooper feels the film’s subject matter of greed and the American Dream is ripe for discussion. “Our goal was to tell a compelling story in an entertaining way, but you never know the kind of conversations it might spark. It’s a movie people could be talking about and debating long after they leave the theatre because the story has so many layers and is still very much in step with the times in which we live. I think people will find it especially interesting that the program that started it all is still very much in effect.”

Now playing in Philippine cinemas, “War Dogs” is distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

ToFarm Film Festival opens door for aspiring filmmakers on its second year

TOFARM Film Festival has recently concluded its first leg, currently doing a run in the provinces starting off with Central Luzon last August 24 until 30, 2016. Cebu and Davao will follow shortly in September and October respectively. The project was born out of passion to initiate an agricultural revolution where people are more involved with the struggles of the farmers and our kababayans in the similar sectors. With its successful first run, it now opens another chapter as it creates a brand new challenge for the filmmakers on its second year.

Last August 25, 2016, a thanksgiving party was held at EDSA Shangri-La Hotel to celebrate a successful first year for the festival. Despite being young in the film world, TOFARM is continuously creating a name for itself as it opens up opportunities, not just for the aspiring filmmakers but also for its very own subjects and story inspiration, our kababayans in the agricultural sector. But guests were also in for a surprise as Dr. Milagros How, Executive Vice President of Universal Harvester Inc., officially announced the opening of its second leg.

Young, fresh and now – these are the words that best describe the theme for this new run. While the first year was focused on giving the public a glimpse of the farmers’ plight, for year two, TOFARM looks forward to the future. With the theme “Planting Seeds of Change”, attention is channeled to leveling up the agricultural sector by merging the traditional to the modern, in thinking process, strategies, lifestyle and cultures. It now adds a chapter to that story of our farmer’s everyday realities as it tackles goal setting and plotting of a dynamic vision for the whole industry. Farmers and members of similar communities are now left with a challenge to ride with the fast changing lives of Filipinos, fluctuating supply and demand, overnight trends to name a few. The overall landscape is shifting to something more demanding that can only be addressed by creativity and innovation. The agricultural sector should be able to adapt to this.

Similar to last year’s exercise, a total of six (6) film scripts will be selected by the Festival’s screening committee. Each would be earning a 1.5 million pesos grant that they can use to put to life their vision. The Best Film shall receive Php500,000.00, 2nd Best Film at Php400,000.00, 3rd Best Film to bring home Php300,000 and for the Special Jury Award, Php100,000. All these cash prize plus the iconic TOFARM Film Fest Trophy will be brought home by the winners. Other awards await. Everyone is encouraged to send in their entries until November 18, 2016.

TOFARM Film Festival is a project pioneered by Universal Harvester Inc., to ignite the agricultural revolution in the country through a more entertaining and creative medium, film. This is a brain child by Dr. Milagros How, Executive Vice President of UHI with award winning film director Maryo J. Delos Reyes.

For the mechanics and other information about TOFARM Film Festival, visit www.TOFARM.org or check out their Facebook site TOFARM Film Festival Philippines. For inquiries you may send an email to info.TOFARM@gmail.com.