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. 62, No. 1, January

An American Film Institute Seminar with Caleb Deschanel
A brilliant young cinematographer and new director shares his considerable expertise with student filmmakers of the A.F.I.As perhaps the most important aspect of education for the Fellows in training as film-makers, historians and critics at its Center...
Behind the Camera on "The Dream Merchants"
Underexposing Eastman 5247 negative two stops, with normal printing and a fog filter produced a warm, antique look for this period mini-seriesAll of the people who contributed to the making of THE DREAM MERCHANTS are jammed into a large screening room...
Cinema Workshop
INCIDENT ILLUMINATIONVery frequently on location the question cornes up: "How many footcandles do you need for this shot?" At this point most cinematographers will do what I do, make a reasonable estimate from experience or take a peek at the footcandle...
Creating a Prehistoric World for "The Age of Mammals"
Turning back the clock millions of years involved sophisticated model animation and special visual effects almost unheard of in 16mm filmingWithout the aid of a magic wand, producers must rely on imaginative special visual effects processes to effectively...
Rediscovering Manhattan with a "Method" Art Director
Locations and sets appropriate to suggesting the turbulent lives of students attending New York's High School of the Performing ArtsMonths before the cameras ever rolled on the MGM production of FAME, Alan Parker said to me, "I want Montgomery's apartment...
REPORT FROM THE 122nd SMPTE TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
It has always seemed to me a ridiculous waste of money to pay a registration fee to attend a Technical Conference and then not give the time to listen to its papers which cover one's own spheres of activity-both commercial and of personal interest.Equally,...
Smpte Special Awards
Robert M. Smith, President of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, has announced that three Citations for Outstanding Service to the Society were presented during the Society's Annual Awards Luncheon in conjunction with the SMPTE Technical...
Talking Technically
THE VANISHING BATTERY CHARGEWhy is it that all of a sudden a nicad battery which has given perfectly good service, is not old, has good connections, and has never given cause for complaint, will fail to deliver the goods?It happens, we all know it happens,...
The Bookshelf
TECHNIQUES OF THE CRAFTEdited by Don Dohler, STOP MOTION ANIMATION is a detailed and thorough guide to professional standards in the creation of models and animation effects. Ball/socket armatures, clay, fiberglass and other materials are fully discussed,...
The Equipment Exhibit at Smpte
Some echoes of the recent Photokina, but also quite a few brand new items on display, most noticeably in the burgeoning field of videoIt seems each year my SMPTE Exhibit Report begins with the statement that this year's show is the biggest and best ever....
The Filming of "The Higher We Fly"
Producing a film about flying that encompasses everything from hot-air ballooning of the 18th century to the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle(ProQuest-CSA LLC: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)I suppose we've all grown up hearing the old saw: "One...
The Shooting of "Hooray for Hollywood"
Filming thoroughbred horses at a racetrack is no simple exercise, but rather a specialized skill involving several sophisticated techniquesWhile primarily known as a producer of hundreds of ski films, Warren Miller is involved in the production of a...
What's New
IN PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND LITERATURENEW OPTICAL PRINTERPioneer Cine announces their newest and most innovative motion picture optical printer, the Model 7650LP. The Model 7650LP is the first and only optical printer featuring an automatic additive color...
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