A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


I've been on a bit of a James Wong Howe kick lately, having watched "Sweet Smell of Success", "Hud", and "Seconds" most recently. Howe is a master of the art of cinematography and has contributed to an impressive catalogue of films (of which the three listed above are just a sampling). The shot below from "HUD" I found particularly arresting; all of its visual elements are hard at work here (Howe went on to win the Oscar for Cinematography for Hud, in addition to an earlier Oscar win for "The Rose Tattoo").


galvinator said...

His compositions are mouth watering. His work on the Molly Maguires really stood out for me.

Thanks for shipping and signing the g/novels much appreciated. Superb work!

Monkeyfeather said...

Man, that is an awesome composition. I sadly haven't seen this film. It's on the list now.

Anson Jew said...

"Seconds" is one of my favorite movies. Its like a feature length episode of "Twilight Zone". I love the fact that as incredibly slick artful as Howe's work looked, he worked like a real guerilla film maker. "Seconds" was shot silently with lightweight, handheld equipment and Howe used that to shoot great location footage from inside cramped location rooms and real subway cars-- I've even seen photos of him shooting inside a boxing ring on roller skates.

Jeff Pidgeon said...

This is off-topic, but I thought you might find this funny: