Cinematographer Tony Sacco, principal of ABS Productions, Inc., is currently serving as director of photography for two Miramax Television productions, Project Greenlight and Project Runway, both being shot in their entirety with
The projects will both air on the Bravo network, “Runway” in fall 2004 and “Greenlight” early in 2005. Sacco, who owns his own
, shot both series using the camera, in addition to several episodes of the second season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” currently airing. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magic Elves, Inc. are executive producers on all three series.
Now shooting its third season, “Project Greenlight” is a filmmaking contest, feature film and behind-the-scenes documentary series that chronicles the challenges of first-time writers and directors. The creation of filmmaker/actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (and “American Pie” producer Chris Moore), the contest has opened the industry to aspiring filmmakers who need a big break to jump start their dreams, as Damon’s and Affleck’s careers were with the Screenwriting Academy Award the pair shared for “Good Will Hunting.” The upcoming season will consist of nine one-hour episodes.
Inspired by the success of “Project Greenlight,” Miramax Television is teaming up with supermodel Heidi Klum, Elle magazine and Bravo for “Project Runway,” a behind-the-scrim documentary series and competition to find a new star designer and launch their career. SDX900s will roll for 10 episodes as aspiring new designers will be given all the resources of top industry pros in order to prepare their own competitive runway show for New York’s Spring Fashion Week in February 2005.
Sacco, a veteran of several reality show shoots (“Fear Factor,” “The Bachelor,” “American Idol”) whose clients also include the Discovery Channel, Dateline, ESPN, and VH1, purchased his SDX900 last January.
For additional rentals and support, Sacco uses Moviola Hollywood. He is shooting “Project Greenlight” and “Project Runway” in 24p throughout.