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. 77, No. 1, January

An Unforgettable World of Light and Shadow
Director John Dahl and cinematographer Jeff Jur recall the dark vision of their previous neo-noir for a science-fiction-tinged mystery.FEW SCREEN SIRENS HAVE STIRRED UP audiences quite as much as Bridget Gregory, the black-hearted femme fatale of director...
A Testament to Tragedy
Survivors of the Holocaust, a new documentary from Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation, offers eyewitness accounts of Nazi atrocities during World War II.FOR MOST VICTIMS OF THE CONCENtration camps, captivity ended in death. For the few survivors, it...
Can We Save the Shot?
What has happened to the value of the film "shot"? It seems to me that if much of recent Hollywood studio product is used as a measure, not only has the individual shot become more debased in content, awash in smoke and violence, but its literal currency...
Electronic Cinematography: Round Three
Remember electronic cinematography, the attempt to apply filmmaking techniques to video production? It was first embodied in Ikegami's EC-35 and Panavision's Panacam in the early 1980s, and later that decade in those HDTV "movies" that were going to...
Finding an Audience at the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival celebrated its tenth anniversary this winter with an increase in programming, staff and services. "We had a breakout year," says Festival director Gregory von Hausch, who credits sponsor Blockbuster Video...
From the Clubhouse
Luciano Tovoli and Nancy Schreiber are the ASC's newest active members.Tovoli was born near Siena, Tuscany, in 1936 and studied literature at the Pisa University and cinematography at the Centra Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, where he met Nestor...
Gaslight Twice Told: Part 2 of 2
Hollywood adds its touch to the hugely successful parlor play, making drastic revisions while creating a classic.British International Pictures, Ltd. bought the motion picture rights to Patrick Hamilton's hit play Gaslight and produced it in 1940. It...
Hospice Offers Hope
Maysles Films documents the final days of patients confronting their personal moments of closure.WHEN SUSAN FROEMKE OF MAYSLES Films was approached by HBO with the idea of doing a documentary film about hospice care, she didn't know exactly what a hospice...
Hot Set
Director Michael Mann and Italian cinematographer Dante Spinotti, AIC transform the mean streets of Los Angeles into a deeply-hued crime milieu for Heat."LIKE NO OTHER ART FORM, FILM lives on reality," says Dante Spinotti, AIC, the director of photography...
IDC/2 Takes Stock of Documentaries
The International Documentary Congress, along with the 11th Annual IDA Awards, offered an unflinching overview of an underappreciated discipline.If Robert Flaherty were alive and making documentaries today, it's quite possible he would be shooting on...
In Memoriam: Richard A. Kelley
Richard A. Kelley, ASC, a distinguished cinematographer whose career in motion pictures spanned a half-century, died from complications of a stroke on November 2 at his home in Burbank, California.Born in Aberdeen, Washington on October 6, 1914, Kelley...
Letters
A Thanks for InspirationWhile preparing to shoot a Bacardi Rum commercial on a tiny island in the Seychelles, quite far from civilization, we were frantically looking for a solution for lighting the set - a tropical hut built 15 feet up on the rocks...
Music from Another World
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey traces the arc of a Russian inventor's unique obsession.PURSUING HIS SUBJECT, FIRST-TIME documentary filmmaker Steven M. Martin lost his girlfriend, his car, two apartments and his American Express gold card.He also spent...
New Products
THX Sound for the MassesA new THX Screen Channel is now available for auditoriums up to 45,000 cubic feet in volume, allowing smaller cinemas to have the same quality sound as the larger THX theaters. Specifications for this system include a wide frequency...
Robert Wise on His Films
Robert Wise on His Films by Sergio Leeman Silman-James Press, 224 pps., paper, $24.95Last June, feeling strongly that a book about Robert Wise was long over-due, we enthusiastically welcomed "Robert Wise, a Bio-Bibliography" by Frank Thompson. Now, it's...
Strangers in the Snow
APREMATURE PASSING IS ALWAYS reason for sadness, but such a passing is doubly tragic when the victim has left behind a hint of great things to come. Such was the case with talented French filmmaker Claude Massot, who committed suicide in February of...
Twelve Monkeys: A Dystopian Trip through Time
Cinematographer Roger Pratt, BSC helps director Terry Gilliam create a visionary mix of science-fiction, adventure and romance.Cinematographer Roger Pratt's association with director Terry Gilliam began, appropriately enough, during a hunt for the Holy...
Unifying A Visual Truth
Documentarians Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon enlist postproduction specialist David Leitner to help revise the history of the Tiananmen Square protests via a multitude of image sources.EVEN BEFORE THE GATE OF HEAVENLY Peace closed the New York Film...
Winging It with a Small Budget
The assignment was straightforward: "Make a bat your friend, but do it on a tight budget." So said the Chicago Field Museum to cinematographer Brad Sellers, who was hired to create television spots promoting the museum's bat exhibit, "Masters of the...
Wrap Shot
There was smoke aplenty on the dusty western street at William S. Hart's Newhall ranch during the early 1920s. The set typifies the pictures produced by and starring the austere Hart, who made an effort to dramatize the Old West in realistic terms. Here...