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. 74, No. 2, February

Born Yesterday Reincarnated for the '90S
Disney Studios and Washington, D.C. provide the backdrop for a remake of Columbia's classic comedy.In the late 1940s, when Lajos Koltai, ASC, HSC, was a toddler growing up in Budapest, Judy Holliday was starring on Broadway as Billy Dawn, the prototype...
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From the Clubhouse
On December 11, a reception was held at the ASC Clubhouse in honor of Subrata Mitra, the man recognized as India's greatest cinematographer. Mitra was in Southern California on a stopover from Hawaii, where he was awarded the Eastman Kodak Cinematography...
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Haskell Wexler, ASC: Innovation with Integrity
It's a cliché, but Haskell Wexler, ASC has truly become a legend in his own time. Everyone seems to have a story about him. Many are true, and some are probably myths, but one thing is certain: new chapters are being added every day. This month, Wexler...
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Hi-Def Kafka: Metamorphosis Via "Motion Simulation"
High-definition video and modified motion control systems combine to free filmmakers from physical limitations.It appears, at first, to be a normal move: the camera backs away from the lead character, Franz Kafka, and tracks backward as he walks toward...
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Letters
Public Broadcasters ProtestI am writing in response to an article written by Albert Maysles in the September 1992 edition of American Cinematographer.As a producer/director for KEET-TV, Channel 13, a PBS affiliate in Eureka, California, and formerly...
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Locations Offer a World of Opportunity
Ski the WorldWhat began as a film narrated live by Warren Miller at high schools and ski clubs around the country has turned into a multi-million dollar business with 400 films to date. Warren Miller Films has made a feature-length adventure ski film...
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More of the Latest from Photokina
Photokina, the huge semi-annual trade show, took place last September in Cologne, Germany. This month, New Products begins with the second half of a two-part roundup on equipment and services displayed there.Super 16 Conversion KitP.E.D. Denz' Super...
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Points East
How does a state attract production? Ask Virginia, North Carolina and Massachusetts; all three states have reputations as hot locations in 1993. Marcie OberndorfKelso, associate director of the Virginia Film Office, reports that productions come into...
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Scent of a Woman: Putting on the Ritz
New York City's grand old hotels lend five-star power to the location lighting tactics of Don Thorin, ASC.In Universal's recent release Scent of a Woman, Al Pacino plays lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, a bitterly cynical blind man. When his handicap...
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Specular Transparency: Controlling the Primary Highlight
A recent production for a Buick California Regal television involved photographing a car on a black, covered stage. The plan for lighting the shoot was to illuminate the car with a single, large overhead light source, and to light the black background...
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Steadicam Hits Its Stride
In part 4 of this 4-part series, more operators discuss their experiences in the field.Bob UllandDays of Thunder, Parenthood, No Way OutIn order to get into the film business, Bob Ulland swept the floors of a local stage in Winter Haven, Florida. He'd...
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The Bookshelf
The constantly increasing use of videography, both by professionals and amateurs, has led to the publication by the American Society of Cinematographers of the American Cinematographer Video Manual. Compiled by Frank Beacham, it is a notable companion...
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The Cemetery Club: Finding Life after Death
On location in Pittsburgh, PA with Steven Poster, ASC and a trio of acclaimed actresses.Forget any preconceptions you might have about The Cemetery Club. This is one of those rare films with a spooky word in the title which isn't based on a Stephen King...
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Time Code Questions Cleared Up
In the November issue of American Cinematographer, a sidebar appeared as part of our coverage of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Information regarding time code systems presented in the article has caused misunderstandings among our readers as to when time code...
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Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography
ASC takes part in an AFI-NHK documentary film that turns the cameras on some of motion-picture photography's leading lights.Whenever the craft of filmmaking is examined, the director is generally touted as the artist. Traditionally (and ironically),...
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Wild Palms: A Futuristic Forest of Intrigue
Four feature directors collaborate with one cinematographer to bring Oliver Stone's quirky miniseries from practical locations to the small screen.After an impressive string of cinematic successes, Oliver Stone has decided to try his hand at television,...
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