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. 54, No. 1, January

A Unique New Low-Inertia Film Transport Projector
A servo-motor-based system, this low-inertia projector not only cuts print wear, but can rewind film up to ten times faster than existing projectors, and does so directly through the aperture gateIntroduction of a revolutionary new multi-purpose film...
Camera, Action, "Cut!"
Zooming in on a big closeup of a molar may not win an Academy Award, but this group of young film-makers finds it a fascinating form of highly specialized cinematographyA film about a tooth root replacement. Science fiction? No, science fact. One of...
Cinema Workshop
NI-CAD BATTERIESMany cameramen have a psychological need to milk every last ounce of power out of their batteries; it seems it is a cardinal sin to leave a battery that can still be used to run the camera for three more frames. This practice is not only...
Filmex Announces Extraordinary Success of Second Exposition
The Second Los Angeles Film Exposition scores a hit with world premieres, retrospectives, a writers' conference and personal appearances by famed film-makers from everywhereThe Second Los Angeles International Film Exposition has found its audience,...
Highlights from the History of Motion Picture Formats
Throughout its relatively short history, the film form has assumed a wide variety of shapes and sizesThe history of technical developments in motion pictures is a relatively poorly documented field, even though it spans less than 100 years. Because of...
Industry Activities
HOWARD W. KOCH TO PRODUCE 45TH ACADEMY AWARDS SHOWHoward W. Koch has been appointed producer of the 45th Annual Awards Presentation Program of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was announced today by Daniel Taradash, president of the...
Kodak Announces New, Improved 5247/7247 Eastman Color Negative
Report on an upcoming new negative stock with the same speed as the present product, but different processing and improved grain and sharpness characteristicsA new Eastman color negative film providing dramatic improvements in sharpness and grain, as...
"Poseidon Adventure" Producer Irwin Allen Addresses A.S.C
Prominent producer "tells it like it is", calling for the return of showmanship to the motion picture industry, and paying tribute to the role of the cinematographer in filmingEDITORS NOTE: Irwin Allen, famed producer of action-adventure dramas, the...
Questions & Answers
(Inquiries are invited relating to cinematographic problems. Address: Q.&A., AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER, P. O. Box 2230, Hollywood, Calif. 90028.)Q After I have completed a mylar tape splice I find small air bubbles under the tape. At first I thought...
The Bookshelf
British cameraman Freddie Young, who won well-deserved Oscars for Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and Ryan's Daughter, has written, in collaboration with Paul Petzold, an authoritative and highly serviceable book, THE WORK OF THE MOTION PICTURE CAMERAMAN...
The Ever-Obedient "Cine-Slave"
A low-priced, all-purpose synchronization system that can interlock non-sync equipment at every stage of film production should prove a boon to low-budget film-makersSophisticated, lip-synchronous films are, by their very technical nature, complex and...
The Filming of "Earth Rider"
A rank beginner starts with Super-8, graduates to 16mm and ends up producing and directing a professional 35mm blow-up ski feature for theatrical releaseIt started out during Christmas, 1970. I was in Bear Valley, California, playing a two-week engagement...
The Honor Roll
JOHN SEITZ, ASCJohn Seitz was born in Chicago, Illinois, and started in the motion picture industry in 1906 working in the S&A Laboratories in Chicago. After a stint with S&A he went to work for the American Film Company and in 1911 came to Santa...
The TURPIN COLORFLEX SYSTEM as Used for "YOUNG WINSTON"
For epic film about a great British leader, cinematographer invents an entirely new camera process which not only injects any desired color overlay into a scene, but intensifies the latent imageThe new COLORFLEX process really evolved from the fact that...
What's New
IN PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND LITERATUREPRODUCERS SERVICE CORPORATION ANNOUNCES NEW PVRProducers Service Corporation of deridale, Calif., announces the introduction of its new PVR (ProjectorViewer-Reader), a compact and portable film machine designed for...