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. 12, December

A Cinematic Melting Pot
The 21st Toronto International Film FestivalThe Toronto International Film Festival offers a wide array of noteworthy works from all over the globe.Rumor has it that actor Peter Ustinov once likened metropolitan Toronto to New York City - if the latter...
Argentine Diary
Cinematographer Robert Steadman, ASC recounts his experiences shooting TNT's The Man Who Captured Eichmann on location in Argentina.In 1962, Nazi SS Obersturmführer Adolph Eichmann was found hiding in Argentina. Peter Malkin of the Mossad was assigned...
Battling the Borg
Director Jonathan Frakes, cinematographer Matthew F. Leonetti, ASC and the crew of the Starship Enterprise fight for humanity's future in Star Trek: First Contact.It's a mid-June afternoon inside Paramount's cavernous Stage 14, and a showdown is about...
Bluescreen/Greenscreen 101
Technical experts discuss the best way to achieve seamless results with matte photography.Throughout the year and specifically in this issue, AC endeavors to detail the latest advances in visual effects wizardry, and to demystify the most advanced methods...
"Digital Manipulation" Takes on Strange Meaning in Seven Servants
Seven Servants presents a truly eccentric premise: the wealthy, aged Archie (Anthony Quinn) attempts to fend off his imminent death by hiring four young men to move into his castle and keep their fingers plugged into his nostrils and ears in order to...
From the Clubhouse
Ahern II Joins the ASCThe ASC's newest member is Lloyd Ahern II. As a youth, Ahern had visited many film sets with his father, but his first official industry job was in the loading room of CBS Studio Center. He then worked under Harry Stradling Jr....
Galactic Antics
Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, BSC and a team of experts help director Tim Burton destroy the world in Mars Attacks!."Being the English gentlemen that he is, Peter Suschitzky has a tremendous sense of humility about his work," remarks operator Ray...
In Memoriam: Kemp R. Niver, ASC
Kemp R. Niver, ASC, award-winning film technician, documentary producer, historian and teacher, died October 15 at the Country Villa Nursing Center in Los Angeles. He would have been 85 on October 17. Niver was a man of many accomplishments, but the...
Jaw-Dropping Effects Add Heft to the Nutty Professor
Rhythm & Hues puts the "morph" into "mesomorph" as Eddie Murphy pokes fun at the Jekyll and Hyde mythos.Who says the morph is dead? The once-overused technique was reinvented this past year to update Jerry Lewis' classic Jekyll and Hyde spoof, The...
Joseph August, ASC's Swan Song: Portrait of Jennie
The great cinematographer's final film remains a testament to his artistry and technical expertise.Unrequited love and the supernatural have been favorite topics of filmmakers since the dawn of cinema. When a film focuses upon the supernatural, most...
Letters
Virtual Camera RebuttalIn response to Dayton Taylor's article "Virtual Camera Movement" (Sep. '9B), perhaps the reason for this sudden burst of publicity by Mr. Taylor is that he has been watching MTV pop promos and commercials by European directors...
Making Mission Possible
ILM creates high-velocity climax for Mission: Impossible.Mission: Impossible has always been ripe for a revival. With its famous high-velocity theme music (composed by Lalo Schifrin) and enigmatic opening sequence (wherein Mr. Phelps receives his taped...
New Products
New Arri FixturesArriflex introduces the Arrilux 125 Pocket Par, which uses a specially coated glass reflector for its high-efficiency light output and snap-on diffusion lenses to control the beam angle. A set of three lenses for spot, medium and wide-angle...
Office Depot Gets Down to Business
After advertising agency J. Walter Thompson landed the much-sought-after Office Depot account, commercial cinematographer Bob Gantz and director Rupert Wainwright were assigned to design four sophisticated spots that established the company as an affordable...
On the Road to Tara
On the Road to Tara by Alean Harmetz Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 224 pps. clothDuring the past 57 years, several well-written books have recounted Gone with the Wind's rocky road to the silver screen. Most lovers of this landmark movie probably have some...
Production Slate
Von Trier and Müller's Ascetic Aesthetic on Breaking The Wavesby Jean Oppenheimer and David E.WilliamsDanish director Lars Von Trier (Element of Crime, The Kingdom) successfully sought to emphasize performance over visuals in Breaking the Waves, which...
Seeing Is Believing
AC offers a selection of the year's most memorable and sophisticated special effects.While special effects have been a part of motion pictures since their inception, digital techniques have now become so advanced that the phrase "seeing is believing"...
Space Jam: A Special Effects Slam-Dunk
Animation and live action blend in a wild and woolly game of intergalactic hoops.Only a handful of feature-length movies have successfully extended the realm of fantasy by casting animated characters and actors in key roles. The list includes Who Framed...
Strange Invaders
Industrial Light & Magic and Warner Digital Studios help assemble the Angry Red Planet's retro-futuristic forces for Mars Attacks!.Even more challenging than formulating a coherent featurefilm narrative from the original Mars Attacks! trading cards...
The Virtual Studio
When most of us think of a television studio, we think of a physical place that houses cameras, videotape recorders, switching consoles and all the other accoutrements that make up the modern video production factory.This mindset is about to change....
Twister Kicks Up a Storm
After creating a test sequence to help green-light director Jan DeBont, ASC's suspense blockbuster, ILM delivers an array of truly fantastic funnels.When cinema first emerged as an artistic and commercial medium, filmmakers who dared to portray natural...
Where No Trek Has Gone Before
ILM heads up effects effort on latest film, which offers an array of new and exciting visual imagery.With barely five months to envision an entire universe for Star Trek: First Contact, the effects artists of Industrial Light & Magic often wished...
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