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. 10, October

A Whirlwind Production for Hurricane Andrew
An accomplished cinematographer uses film techniques and two Sony BVP-90 video cameras to capture the immediacy of disaster.We have all witnessed documentary news footage of natural disasters - shaky, turbulent, and horribly clear video images that are...
Celebrity Biographies: Truth or Profit?
Everybody who writes books makes mistakes and this reviewer has made more than his share. It's an unpleasant experience to buy an expensive book andencoun ter errors of fact so sophomoric as to destroy the credibility of the whole tome. A currently controversial...
Cinematic Invention Heralds the Age of Innocence
Produced by Barbara De FinaDirected by Martin ScorseseDirector of photography, Michael Ballhaus, ASCMichael Ballhaus, ASC helps Martin Scorsese transform Edith Wharton's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of romantic longing into a filmic feast.On a mild June...
Crunch Time
Olive Jar Animation has produced a new commercial starring Quaker Oats' Cap'n Crunch in a mixed media spot introducing Quaker's new cereal "Deep Sea Crunch."The storyline: Condemned to spend his summer vacation in his backyard wading pool with his flea-bitten...
Fallen Angels
Fallen Angels, Showtime's lavishly produced film noir anthology series, has attracted considerable attention by bringing top feature film talent to television. Steven Soderbergh, Phil Joanou, Jonathan Kaplan, and Alfonso Cuaron directed episodes of the...
From the Clubhouse: Harry Wolf Recognized by ATAS
Inspired by the film Visions of Light, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences held its own tribute to cinematography on July 7 with an evening dedicated to veteran cinematographer Harry Wolf, ASC, in recognition of his many years of service to the...
HBO's and the Band Played on Explores Impact of AIDS
After seventeen drafts and three directors, the landmark book reaches the screen.It has taken six long years for Randy Shuts' landmark book on AIDS, And The Band Played On, to reach the small screen. Citing the sensitive nature of the material, the three...
ILM and Intel Tour Cyberspace
Models, motherboards and motion control are combined with CGI to represent an imaginary landscape inside your PC.How do computers work? What ineffable, bizarre calculations characterize computer logic? Because such computer calculus is virtually unfathomable...
Independent Television Service
The Independent Television Service, established by Congress in 1990 to increase the diversity of programming available to public television and to bring vision to a medium often dominated by formula, solicits innovative proposals from independent producers...
Just Tell Me When to Cry: A Memoir
Just Tell Me When To Cry: A Memoir by Richard Fleischer Carroll & Graf, hardcover, 352 pps., $21.After 77 years in the movie business, Richard Fleischer probably has as many tales to tell as Scheherazade. A sizeable number are included in this entertaining...
Letters
Disc MiscueAs a longtime subscriber to American Cinematographer, I have enjoyed and eagerly anticipated each monthly issue's high caliber reporting and insight. In championing this high standard of reportorial tradition, I'd like to point out some informational...
New Products
Aerial Cameras UpgradedWescam has announced three new upgrades in the performance and mounting of their Wescam 35mm and broadcast video gyrostabilized aerial camera systems. Wescam has doubled the speed of the gyros to improve stability and steering...
Points East
Charlottesville, Virginia is the place to be this month, not only because the red and gold October foliage makes a stunning backdrop against the Blue Ridge Mountains, but because the sixth annual Virginia Festival of American Film takes place from October...
Post Collaboration Unleashes Creative Potential
Together, cinematographers and colorists are changing the definition of image creation."Love ya Jais. Love the look." Thaf s the way it should be between the colorist and the cinematographer: a love affair, if you will. When the synergy is there, the...
"So, What Do You Do?"
I remember the dinner conversation well. The person on my left had inquired, "What do you do for a living?" This is one of my least favorite questions (one may as well ask an annual salary). Over the years I've answered this inquiry with two responses....
Standout Cinematography for the Small Screen
Quality cinematography is possible on a television schedule, if persistence and perspiration are in sufficient supply.Time is always the enemy in television cinematography. Nearly every 1993 Emmy nominee interviewed below related strikingly similar tales...
The A-Word
Whether the following conversation occurred is less important than whether it should have.CRITIC: Would you agree that cinematography is an art form?CINEMATOGRAPHER: Cer tainly many think so.CRT: Some of the acknowledged masterpieces of the cinema surely...
Thelma Schoonmaker: Assembling Art with Marty
Scorsese's longtime friend and editor discusses their collaboration in the cutting roomAs Martin Scorsese's editor of choice Thelma Schoonmaker has achieved a degree of respect and name recognition uncommon to most practitioners of her trade. Her rise...
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