American Cinematographer

American Cinematographer is the monthly magazine published by the American Society of Cinematographers. American Cinematographer covers film and video production techniques.

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 8, August

70mm MOTION PICTURE CAMERAS USED IN THE USSR
While the 70mm format is being phased out in most film-producing countries (due to cost and other factors), it is more popular than ever in the Soviet Union-with sophisticated technology to serve itThe 1 CWC ("Rossia") Single-System Sound-CameraThe "Rossia"...
A.S.C. Mourns the Passing of Leon Shamroy
It was with the most profound sorrow that members of the American Society of Cinematographers learned of the passing of their beloved colleague. Leon Shamroy, ASC, on July 7.At his funeral in Hollywood, more than 1,000 of his friends and former co-workers...
A Varioscopic Multi-Image Stereophonic Film
In a varioscopjc multi-image film, multiple images inter-related dramatically are presented simultaneously in varying shapes upon a 70mm (5-perforation) frame with 6-channel magnetic sound track. This process opens many new creative possibilities in...
Chemical Mixtures for Creating Special Effects Cinematography
Soviet cinematographer uses the most ordinary materials to create unique screen images of stunning visual beautyIt is difficult to conceive the existence of cinematography without the achievements of chemistry which, as far back as a hundred years ago,...
Cinema Workshop
FLASHING"Flashing" is a simple process of re-exposing the film to a specific amount of white light to reduce contrast and at the same time bring out details in the shadow areas. As a result, flashed EF stock exhibits almost the same contrast characteristics...
Filming "Peggy Fleming Visits the Soviet Union"
A half-Soviet/half-American motion picture crew, working together in the USSR to film a television special, discover that the international communication of cinema can overcome even serious language barriersLENINGRAD-The dead of winter, temperature zero,...
Film-Making in the Soviet Union
Editor travels to the USSR to observe Russian motion picture methods and equipment and report on them to readers of American CinematographerMOSCOWEn route to the Soviet Union, as invited guest of the Association of Film Makers of the USSR, I review in...
From Olga-With Love
An American motion picture crew in the USSR seeks sunlight and sausages to film a television commercial starring Russia's petite gymnastics starIt doesn't happen very often that an American producer is asked to make a television commercial in the Soviet...
History of the Mosfilm Studios
Moscow's famed grand old studio, celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, has been the birthplace of many memorable screen epicsThe foundation of Mosfilm Studios took place after the October Revolution on the site of the old Moscow Motion Picture...
How to Enjoy Filming When You Don't Speak the Language and Your Feet Keep Getting Cold
AN INTERVIEW WITH BOB BAGLEYQUESTION: Other production companies have filmed in the Soviet Union, how was Bob Banner Associate's production: "PEGGY FLEMING VISITS THE SOVIET UNION" unique?BAGLEY: This was the first time an American company had co-produced...
Questions & Answers
(Inquiries are invited relating to cinematographic problems. Address: Q. & A., AMERICAN CINEMA TOGRAPHER, P. O. Box 2230, Hollywood, Calif. 90028.)Q I wish to use before-the-lens mattes or masks for split-stage and other double exposure effects....
The Bookshelf
ABOUT AND BY DIRECTORSOne of the best studies of a director, taping his words as he answers the probing questions of a perceptive interrogator, is KAZAN ON KAZAN by Michel Ciment, French film critic and historian. Patiently and skillfully, he leads Kazan...
The Soviet Motion Picture Industry
A vast complex of facilities and skilled technicians working together to create the most popular form of entertainment for the Russian peopleThe Motion Picture Industry in the USSR is an independent branch of multinational culture and economy which combines...
The USSR Cinema and Photo Research Institute [Nikfi]
A comprehensive research and development facility, with 23 specialized laboratories for designing, testing and improving motion picture equipmentThe Cinema and Photo Research Institute (NlKFI), located in Moscow, is a very impressive facility which is...
Through Research, the Russians Get the Best from Their Own Resources
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following article, reproduced by permission from the August 1971 issue of TODAY'S CINEMA TECHNOLOGY, was written by David Samuelson, FBKS, BSC, upon his return from the 1971 Moscow Film Festival. Mr. Samuelson is Technical Director...
USSR State Institute of Cinematography
In Moscow, the first and largest university of the cinema art in the world has 1,600 students at a time in training to learn all of the creative disciplines of modern motion picture production.There exist in the USSR two major schools of cinema dedicated...
What's New
IN PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND LITERATURETHE BOLEX 18-3 DUO: A COMPACT DUAL 8 PROJECTORThe Bolex 18-3, the new dual 8 projector from Bolex, offers unmatched projection possibilities with five forward and five reverse projection speeds.Either Super-8 or normal...