Nikon has announced that two Hollywood A listers Director Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros) and DoP Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) were part of their “Beautiful Horror Movie,” a challenge posed to two of the world’s top filmmakers to 'define the moment when striking cinematography and terror converge'.
Designed as a project to demonstrate capabilities of the Nikon D800 HD-SLR camera, world-class writer/director Guillermo Arriaga and award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski will direct and capture a short film, combining the darkness and suspense of a horror film with the elegance and beauty of high-calibre cinematography.
The film, entitled “Broken Night,” will be officially released in early December, 2012, however fans can access exclusive behind the scenes content leading up to the release on “The Beautiful Horror Movie” Tumblr page at www.brokennightmovie.com.
You have to forgive Nikon for this thinly disguised marketing exercise as they have got some serious talent involved and it might just be worth a look.
About the Filmmakers
Guillermo Arriaga is a Mexican born author, screenwriter, director and producer. Self-defined as “a hunter who works as a writer,” Arriaga, known for his use of non-linear storytelling, authored critically acclaimed films such asAmores Perros, Babel and The Burning Plain, while receiving a BAFTA Best Screenplay nomination for 21 Gramsand a 2005 Cannes Best Screenplay Award for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.
Janusz Kaminski is one of the most recognizable names in modern cinematography today. Kaminski has been nominated for the Academy Award five times to date, winning the award twice. Highlights include the powerful historic drama Schindler’s List, and Amistad, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He next lensed Saving Private Ryan, for which he won his second Academy Award. After a pair of serious sci-fi offerings, Artificial Intelligence: AI and Minority Report, Kaminski moved to more light-hearted fare, Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal. Kaminski returned to epic science fiction with War of the Worlds. The Academy Award-nominated Munich followed. Kaminski also lensed the critically acclaimed film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly for which he received his fourth Academy Award nomination. In addition to the Oscar, Kaminski received a Grand Prize at Cannes Film Festival, and the film was nominated for the Golden Palm. Next, Janusz shot War Horse. The film was nominated for several Oscars, including Best Picture, and also garnered Kaminski with his fifth Academy Award nomination. Kaminski’s latest film, Lincoln, a biographical portrait of the United States’ 16th president starring Daniel Day Lewis, has just released.