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. 75, No. 2, February

A Lifetime of Achievement: Conrad Hall, ASC
The ASC Lifetime Achievement Award was initiated in 1988 to recognize cinematographers who have compiled significant bodies of work which have made a lasting impression. Previous winners were George Folsey, Joe Biroc, Stanley Cortez, Charles Lang, Philip...
A Whirlwind Tour of Locations
AlaskaAlaska was the backdrop for two feature films this year. Spirit Warrior, starring Steven Seagal, is an ecothemed action-adventure tale that chronicles the rescue of an Alaskan oil worker by an Eskimo tribe who regard him as a mythic figure, the...
Congress Salutes Classic Films
The Library of Congress added 25 films this month to its National Film Registry List, bringing to 125 the number of pictures that have been saluted for their historical, cultural and aesthetic significance. Since 1988, the library has collected and preserved...
Creating Another Bonfire in Manhattan
The Plaza Hotel went up in flames for a scene in Stephen King's apocalyptic ABC-TV miniseries The Stand, produced by New York's own Richard Rubinstein of Laurel Entertainment. Located on the edge of Central Park, the turreted hotel radiates a castle-like...
Exploring the Future of Special Effects
Effects gurus weigh CGFs potential against time-honored techniquesIn the December issue of American Cinematographer, we asked many of the brightest lights in the special effects community about the impact Jurassic Park and its computer technology had...
From the Clubhouse
The December meeting of the Board of Governors yielded two more talented and deserving additions to the ASC. Cinematographer Fred Elmes was named an active member while ATS Corp. Chief Operating Officer Jan Yarbrough was awarded associate membership.A...
Letters
The 65 Millimeter QuestionRegarding the 70mm process, I have never been lucky enough to find a clear explanation as to why the camera negative film is 65mm wide and yet the release prints are 70mm. Of course, space is provided for the soundtracks on...
Mining the Spiritual Layers of Heaven and Earth
Stone and Richardson present another view of Vietnam.The eternal question of fate's hand in an individual's life looms large in Heaven and Earth, adding a spiritual dimension to director Oliver Stone's third film about the Vietnam War and its profound...
New Products
DollyChapman's Pedolly has the capabilities of the traditional pedestal as well as the camera dolly and obtains a low camera mount height of 15 W or 40cm, one of the lowest heights currently available on the market. The unit shares the crab and conventional...
On Location Where the Rivers Flow North
Cinematographer exploits nature's nuances to film period drama.Where the Rivers Flow North, an adaptation of Howard Frank Mosher's period story about a logger struggling to keep his land in the face of advancing modernization, and which culminates in...
Photographic Grandmaster Shows Moves in Searching for Bobby Fischer
Conrad Hall, ASC eschews flashy style in favor of instinctual approach that "serves the story."A true artist, it is said, does not care much about the size of a given project, the financial compensation, or the anticipated kudos for his efforts. To such...
Reframing Culture
Reframing Culture by William Uricchio & Roberta E. Pearson Princeton University Press 252 pps., paper, $16.95, cloth, $45Vitagraph, the largest of the New York studios during the early part of the century, made numerous films based on literary classics,...
The Seventh Coin: Shooting in a War Zone
Filming in the Middle East's geopolitical tinderbox requires caution and a special kind of tact.On August 2, 1991, Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait and threatened to shower Israel with Scud missiles if the United States retaliated. Two days...
Veteran Cinematographer Moves in Fresh Direction
Midnight Cowboy alumnus guides first-time director through the streets of New York.First-time director Boaz Yakin can pinpoint the exact moment when veteran cinematographer Adam Holender, ASC caught on to the freewheeling aesthetic of Fresh."It was the...
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