Oscars http://kuow.org en Keen Eyes, Uncanny Instincts Keep Films In Sharp Focus http://kuow.org/post/keen-eyes-uncanny-instincts-keep-films-sharp-focus You won't believe it — I didn't — but the person responsible for keeping each and every shot of a movie in focus never looks through a camera lens.<p>"No," says focus puller Baird Steptoe. "We do not look through the camera at all."<p>Steptoe has worked as a first assistant cameraman on films from <em>The Sixth Sense</em> to <em>Thor</em> to last year's <em>Grownups Two.</em> He says he's learned to judge distances — precise distances — with his naked eye alone.<p>"I mean, I can tell you roughly from you to me right now," he says. "I would say about 2-11."<p>Two feet 11 inches, that is. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:56:31 +0000 Susan Stamberg 29637 at http://kuow.org Keen Eyes, Uncanny Instincts Keep Films In Sharp Focus 'Almost Live' Alum Bob Nelson: 'I Wrote The Movie I Wanted To See' http://kuow.org/post/almost-live-alum-bob-nelson-i-wrote-movie-i-wanted-see <p>Ross Reynolds talks with <em>Almost Live</em> alum Bob Nelson about the film, "<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvW_DmfKfSk">Nebraska</a>."</p><p>Nelson, who now lives on Whidbey Island, is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. "Nebraska" is up for six Oscars this Sunday.</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:14:13 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Andy Hurst 29511 at http://kuow.org 'Almost Live' Alum Bob Nelson: 'I Wrote The Movie I Wanted To See' Borge Ousland: Adventures In Polar Exploration http://kuow.org/post/borge-ousland-adventures-polar-exploration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Global warming and melting ice are rapidly changing the landscape of the Earth's polar regions. What will it mean for life at the poles, and for the rest of the world? Norwegian explorer </span><a href="http://www.ousland.no/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Borge Ousland</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has seen this environmental transformation for himself. He’s the first person to complete solo expeditions across both the North and South Poles. In 2010, he completed the Northern Passage – a circumnavigation of the entire Arctic ocean. He joins us to talk about his adventures in the vast, frozen tundra of the poles.</span></p><div> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:00:00 +0000 PRODUCER 8687 at http://kuow.org Borge Ousland: Adventures In Polar Exploration Frank Rich And Sean Wilentz On The Oscars And African-American History http://kuow.org/post/frank-rich-and-sean-wilentz-oscars-and-african-american-history <p>David Hyde talks with Frank Rich about the historical significance of Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained" and why Rich thinks it deserves to win an Academy Award for best picture. Then he turns to historian Sean Wilentz who thinks it is not "Django Unchained" but Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" that is the historically accurate and significant film that deserves the Oscar.</p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:37:00 +0000 David Hyde 7931 at http://kuow.org Frank Rich And Sean Wilentz On The Oscars And African-American History