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. 58, No. 5, May

50th Anniversary OF THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES
The organization founded by visionary film craftsmen to further the progress of this newest of art forms, now, in its Golden Year, commands worldwide respectThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, celebrating its 50th anniversary this month,...
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About Pinewood Studios' New 007 Stage
Search for an enclosure spacious enough to contain the latest shenanigans of James Bond scored zero - so the world's largest sound stage was builtLike a submarine breaking surface alongside a lot of other big ships, the silver-sided 007 Stage heaved...
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Academy Scientific or Technical Awards
A fitting tribute to those behind the scenes whose technical and scientific achievements make today's motion pictures possibleTo the average filmgoer, the "magic of the movies" is personified by film stars and an occasional director loaded with charisma,...
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All about "Oscar"
The youngest nominee for an acting Oscar was Jackie Cooper, nominated as best actor at the age of nine for his performance in "Skippy". Youngest player to receive an award was Shirley Temple, who was five years old when she was voted an Honorary Juvenile...
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Behind the Scenes of "The Spy Who Loved Me"
For the latest, splashiest and most expensive James Bond adventure thriller to date, Ian Fleming's colorful super-spy, the unsinkable "007", hunts kidnapped submarines in the world's largest sound stageThe enormously successful James Bond films, bassd...
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Cinema Workshop
T-STOPS REVISITEDI know that we have discussed "T" stops in the past and I am sure that most cinematographers are familiar with the so-called "photometric aperture". However, after a recent experience I am compelled to return to this subject. I was working...
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Industry Activities
KLINE, LASZLO, ROIZMAN, SURTEES, WEXLER RECEIVE KODAK RECOGNITIONFive leading directors of photography were recognized for important contributions to the state-of-the-art of theatrical filmmaking on Saturday, March 26, at an award banquet sponsored by...
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"In Search of Antimatter" with Film and Camera
The probe toward an invisible universe of sub-atomic particles leads into a mysterious realm of giant balloons, lasers and cosmic beautyWhen Charles Rudnick and I began filming what was to become "THE SEARCH FOR ANTIWORLDS" in February 1973, we had little...
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Questions & Answers
Q I wish to use my Beaulieu 16mm camera for close-up filming and special effects. I would like to use a 55mm lens from my 35mm still camera with a C mount adapter. I have heard two views on the use of 35mm lenses. One says that the quality exceeds the...
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Remarks by Walter Mirisch Town Hall of California Feb. 8, 1977
The story of the development of the motion picture industry and the history of the Motion Picture Academy are closely intertwined. In order to explain the latter, we must at least sketch in the broad outlines of the former. And so, as we look back over...
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The Bookshelf
THE DIRECTORIAL TOUCHA major work of biographical research, FRITZ LANG by Lotte H. Eisner examines the career of the late director in a penetrating analysis of his style, his working methods, the plots of his films and his underlying philosophy of life....
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The Photography of Airport '77
Versatile cinematographer discusses the problems and challenges of photographing the crash of a custom-built 747 into 50 feet of water - with most of it being filmed on a studio sound stageAfter "THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE", "EARTHQUAKE", "AIRPORT", "THE...
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The Spirited Filming of Spirit
An innocent abroad discovers the realities of foreign locations, while making a spectacular action film that includes flaming skiersWe decided to call the project "SPIRIT", not only because John Stewart wrote a haunting title song by the same name, but...
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