I've never been interested in being a critic, but I do love writing about movies and music and the people involved in their creation. I'm lucky enough to be able to interview the talented members of the International Cinematographers Guild on a regular basis. My latest for the guild is on the film Safe Haven.

Nicholas Sparks' Safe Haven

The North Carolina Coast (photo by James Bridges)

“I always set my stories in small North Carolina towns because these towns’ values reflect my own--an emphasis on family, community and loyalty. I think my readers like these locations, too, for that reason and because they’re picturesque,” asserts author Nicholas Sparks, whose novel Safe Haven is the latest of his works adapted for the big screen.

The novel and film are set in the small coastal town of Southport, N.C. A romantic thriller, Safe Haven tells the story of Katie (Juliana Hough), a woman newly-arrived to the tight-knit community, the residents’ speculation about what brought here there, her budding relationship with a shopkeeper Alex (Josh Duhamel), and a dark figure from her past (Tierney, played by David Lyons).

“By filming on location, Lasse Hallström has allowed for an authenticity in how the film looks, and as the DP, Terry Stacey has done justice to its beauty,” Sparks continues. “Being on location also helps the acting: the actors get to live in the same world that their characters inhabit. Overall, I think it makes for a stunning film.” (Continue reading about Safe Haven)

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