Glowing review of Paul Nordin’s cinematography work on feature film “Us”

30 May

“Interesting is Paul Nordin’s cinematography. On the one hand, dark and gritty but with a digital polish and crisp sharpness. The dichotomy between the clean visual texture and the subject matter creates a palpable uncomfortableness that allows for the emotional tapestry to come to the forefront. Similarly, the contrast in lighting after Margaret has had a particularly dark episode to then come out into the world the next day to harsh, overlit brightness, shocks the senses, making US a full sensory experience.”

Excerpt from review of “Us” by popular movie blogger Debbie Lynn Elias at  For the full review:

“Us” to premiere at Dances with Films festival in LA

13 May

The feature length drama/suspense film Us, (with cinematography by EMBS’ Paul Nordin) will premiere in LA on Tuesday, June 4th at the Dances with Films Festival.


We are thrilled & proud to announce that Us will be making its world premiere at the historic Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Tuesday, June 4th at 9:30 pm!

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EMB Studio’s Paul Nordin to shoot touching indie drama “After Ever After”

25 Feb

The ambitious San Francisco Bay Area based indie-feature “After Ever After”, starts principal photography March 7th 2013.  This will be Rakesh Kumar’s feature directorial debut, and he has selected Paul Nordin to be the film’s cinematographer.  This dramatic movie revolves around a man (also acted by R.Kumar), who is struggling with grief and fear of loss as his daughter goes through a serious illness.  In addition to Paul lensing the film on our Red Epic kit, EMB Studio’s Winter will be leading the production’s sound department.

EMB Studios works with Russian Director Yury Moroz on new feature film

25 Feb

EMB Studios will be providing camera and lighting equipment, as well as crewing the camera and lighting teams for a Russian motion picture at the start of March 2013.  Award winning Director, Yury Moroz, and Cinematographer, Nikolay Ivasiv, and several other key Russian crew members are spending a week in San Francisco for location shooting on their latest feature film, which is primarily being shot in Russia.  Paul Nordin, DP will be working with Mr.Ivasiv during the shoot assisting as they use our Red Epic camera kit, with Cooke S4 lenses.

EMB Studios produces whimsical video for UC Berkeley

12 Aug

On August 12, EMBS completed principal photography of a video we are creating for UC Berkeley to celebrate the unveiling of their newly refurbished Berkeley Memorial Stadium.  The video titled “Coming Home” will be featured during the pre-game show on the jumbotron for the Sept 1 opener of the 2012 Cal Bears football season.

Talented director Eriq Wities along with animator extraordinaire Aaron Huges have joined the project from NYC.  The story, being shot by cinematographer Paul Nordin, is a whimsical live-action/animated short following a Cal Alum’s journey from NYC to the Cal Stadium just in time for the game.

Paul has chosen to shoot the animated segments on a Canon 5D with Dragonforce software tailored to this style of animation, and our Epic kit for the live-action segments.

EMB Studios films Wineries Around the World

9 Oct

Paul Nordin (Camera Op) and Winter (Location Sound)  are spending most of October filming  “The Maestro – André Tchelistcheff – The Voice of Wine”.   This documentary is being directed by Mark Tchelistcheff, along with German DP Wedigo Von Schultzendorff.  This film is documenting the amazing impact that André Tchelistcheff had on the California, Washington, French, and Italian winemaking during his long life.  Filming is in Napa and Sonoma until mid-October, when Paul, Winter and the production team fly to Europe to film in Alsace, Bordeaux, and Burgundy France, and Tuscany Italy.   We are using our Epic-M and Illumina lenses to capture some of the most picturesqe places on earth!

LumaTech Illumina S35 Prime Lenses!

9 Sep

   EMB Studios has recently taken delivery of a complete set of LumaTech Illumina S35 prime lenses.  These beautiful lenses are a great addition to our Red Epic-M 5k Digital Cinema Package. In addition to being very sharp, the lenses are all rated at the super-fast T/1.3!  They can practically see in the dark. Another advantage is they are compact and balance well with the smaller form factor of Epic.

The new design of these Illuminas are the results of 2+ years of refinements and field testing by well known DPs, use Schott glass (same as Leica), and are manufactured by the venerated LOMO Optical Design Bureau in St.Petersberg, Russia.

Our set is one of the few sets currently in the US so come by and check them out!  They are available now for evaluation or rental.


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