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#1 Eric Steelberg ASC

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 11:33 PM

JUNO premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last night. To be there with all the others who made the film, most of whom I call friends, and see the enthusiastic response by the audience made the night unforgettable.

I knew it was going to be special when I saw people lining up from two blocks away. There must have been 2000 people. I knew we were getting buzz but this was incredible. All the actors were there doing their thing on the red carpet as I found my way inside...oh look, it's Roger Ebert sitting in the back row. (deep breath...and exhale) Big screen. And a balcony. (deep breath) The actors came in and sat..Jen brought Ben so there was a bit of a commotion trying to get everyone seated so we could begin. Girls seemed to be equally interested in a view of Michael Cera.

Jason, director, gives the intro. Lights down, the Fox Seachlight logo/intro...love that theme. Goosebumps, fingers crossed the projection is good. Guys running around in night vision goggles looking for pirates.

90 mins later, fade to black. Standing ovation. Still going...and going....and going....credits at the "Thank You.." and lights come up. Jason basks in the response as he is invited back up to the stage. He brings up myself, producers, editor, PD...then actors one by one. The view from stage was amazing. 99% of the seats still filled, good for any Q&A. Big theater.

The party after was amazing and underscored a night to remember. Lots of pictures and good conversation.

Next morning, waiting for my plane, I overheard a few people talking about how it was the best film they've seen all year.

Ebert's brief review
another report from the premiere
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:09 AM

Congrats!
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#3 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 02:27 AM

Sounds great Eric. Congrats!
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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 12:39 PM

"...to the off beat and colorful cinematography..."

Sounds like you did well and set the film apart from other comedies. Congrats!
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#5 Eric Steelberg ASC

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 01:13 PM

"...to the off beat and colorful cinematography..."

Sounds like you did well and set the film apart from other comedies. Congrats!


That was definitley a goal of mine. The script, to me, felt more dramatic punctuated by hilarious beats...very dry humor. Colorful I get, not sure what off beat means....maybe not typical for a comedy?
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#6 Jayson Crothers

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Posted 10 September 2007 - 03:55 PM

Congratulations Eric - such a fantastic experience and from all of your hard work, well deserved.
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#7 Chayse Irvin

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 01:26 AM

Congrads Eric! I can't wait to see it in theaters!
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Posted 11 September 2007 - 02:29 PM

Congratulations Eric! Sounds like it's about everything you could ask for at a screening, I look forwards to seeing it in theaters!
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#9 Eric Steelberg ASC

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 05:13 PM

Opens December 14th but was also just announced as part of AFI Fest in November.
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#10 Logan Schneider

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 05:39 PM

Now that the film has premiered, will you be able to post any shots of your setups? Congradulations on the great reception in Toronto.
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#11 Richard Boddington

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 06:46 PM

Really great news Eric.

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#12 Eric Steelberg ASC

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Posted 11 September 2007 - 11:11 PM

Now that the film has premiered, will you be able to post any shots of your setups? Congradulations on the great reception in Toronto.



Hmm, good question....

I don't think I can show any of the actors or the stand ins....and I can't find the few pics I took of the overall lighting setups. I only found one pic I think I can get away with showing, though it's not very revealing..

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There is also a recent pic the director took of me on his iPhone during the DI. He calls it 'Minority Report' and posted it on his blog on the Juno website.

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I looked at the DCI (digital projection) master of the trailer today. I can't wait for digital projection. It looked gorgeous. The process used to make the DCI is that the DI files (2k in my case) are projected as they are during the DI, but this time instead of a Kodak LUT, they use a LUT that represents the DCI xyz color space. There is an interesting article discussing the DCI conversion process here here.

What I would give to have the actual film shown digitally in selected theaters.
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#13 Wendell_Greene

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 03:54 AM

Kudos, Eric!
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#14 Max Jacoby

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Posted 12 September 2007 - 11:36 AM

Congratulations Eric, looking forward to seeing the film in the theatre.
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#15 Piotr Ciacka

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 02:58 AM

Congrats Eric, the movie sounds like it's just right up my alley. Want to see it. Badly.
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 02:14 PM

That's wonderful. Congratulation on your success.

Cheers
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#17 Max Jacoby

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Posted 15 September 2007 - 03:25 AM

For those in the UK, Eric's film will be shown on the London Film Festival in October/November.
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#18 Eric Steelberg ASC

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 08:34 AM

Trailer now online...

JUNO trailer (flash)
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#19 Patrick McGowan

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 12:36 PM

The trailer looks great Eric, I can't wait to see it. The cast is really impressive, and J.K. Simmons is probably my favorite character actor working right now.


Congrats on the movie.
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#20 Eric Steelberg ASC

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 02:18 PM

The trailer looks great Eric, I can't wait to see it. The cast is really impressive, and J.K. Simmons is probably my favorite character actor working right now.
Congrats on the movie.



Thanks Patrick. I don't like that it's in flash video though...it seems to have lost a lot of it's warmth and overall saturation in the encoding. I'm eagerly awaiting the Quicktime versions. The studio sent Apple a D5 master and they make all HD and standard quicktimes from it.

I just got an email saying JUNO got 1st runner up at Toronto yesterday behind Cronenberg's film. Pretty cool for an "indie dark comedy" in the company of 355 other films.
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