This is a large overview of the use of color in cinematography. Essentially, color provides a flexible axis along which filmmakers can shape the way a film impacts the audience. Either by amping up the color or by stripping it back, we gain by these choices. But go too far in one direction or another and you find that filmmakers lose their way to making meaningful color films.
How an approach to the challenges of black and white cinematography creates semiotic value in two of the most important films shot in black and white.
About the bare bones of creating meaningful images in film.
The beginning of my thoughts on cinematography as a semiotic medium.
Two waiters in a restaurant late at night meditate on the existential anguish of growing old. They deal with three different patrons and each other in ways that confront them with the fears in their own lives.
Written and Directed by Peter Hogenson
Based on a Short Story by Ernest Hemingway
A video essay discussing movies which are important to remember in light of the 2016 presidential election in the United States. This video is based on a previous blog post.
Written and edited by Peter Hogenson
Never has cinema seen so vile a group of miscreants, nor so disillusioned a detective to bring them down.
Something of a blast from the past. This movie was made as part of an AP English final back in 2011. We got an A despite the meager stack of bills and bad acting which characterized this more technical effort.
Two film buffs set out on an elaborate heist of one of the world's most valuable film reels. Things go awry.
Peter Hogenson and Chance Wellnitz
Chance Wellnitz and Peter Hogenson
Geoff Tomaino, spokesman and snappy dresser, introduces you to several Ford cars. The humorous result of a college ambassador program at the University of Minnesota, and winner of second place in a beauty contest.
This is a video essay I made about how women are depicted in the films of Christopher Nolan. This was part of a larger written piece I did on The Dark Knight, a film which I am very critical of. I made this video close to the release of The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
The Adventures of Ivory Girl and Tower Boy, two literary heroes, in their battle against the menace of Writer's Block plaguing a young poet.
A document of the year long installation process of an art piece in my kitchen, and the waste of a huge amount of promotional materials.
A dramatic minute in the library turns into romance.