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. 59, No. 1, January

Behind the Scenes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind
A film like none ever made before-a science fairy tale, rooted in the reality of today's Unidentified Flying Object phenomenaOut of that mysterious, awesome experience of extraterrestrial contact comes one of the most challenging motion pictures ever...
Cinema Workshop
SHUTTERSMost light meters are calibrated on the basis of a motion picture camera having a shutter opening of 180 degrees. One revolution of the shutter is 360 degrees, so a 180-degree opening means that the shutter is open for exactly one-half-acycle...
Creating the Photographic Special Effects for Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Young special effects wizard sets up a complete magic factory and outdoes even his own "2001" achievement by creating what are probably the most believable and sophisticated visual effects ever put on filmWhen Steven Spielberg wrote "CLOSE ENCOUNTERS...
Designing a World for Ufo's, Extraterrestrials and Mere Mortals
Everything from what may be the largest motion picture set ever built to a "cutesy" suburban house, with man-made mountains thrown in - all in the day's work for the Production Designer of "CE3K"(EDITOR'S NOTE: The following was written on location in...
From the Producers' Point of View
The young co-producers of "CE3K" talk about their four-year siege of getting the project off the ground and onto the screenJULIA PHILLIPS (On location in Wyoming)It has taken two-and-a-half years to get this picture off the ground. It's been that long...
Lights! Camera! Action! for "Ce3k"
Photographing Spielberg's stunning science fantasy amounted to a challenge demanding limitless energy, instant adaptability and all of the technical expertise garnered during this cinematographer's wide and varied careerDEVILS TOWER, WYOMINGOur basic...
My Close Encounter with "Ce3k"
As the only individual other than cast and crew to be invited onto the super-secret locations of "CLOSE ENCOUNTERS", American Cinematographer Editor gets a fascinating peek at this one-of-a-kind film in the making"Steven has asked me to invite you to...
Questions & Answers
(Inquiries are invited relating to cinematographic problems. Address: Q. & A., AMERICAN CINEMA TOGRAPHER, P. O. Box 2230. Hollywood Calif. 90028.)Q I'm still a little confused about the subject of T-Stops.A While modern incident light exposure meters,...
Spielberg Speaks about "Close Encounters"
Straight from this extraordinary filmmaker's mouth come illuminating observations on the loneliness of scripting, the gut-wrenching labor of shooting and one ultimate doubt about the making of his epic filmDuring a year-and-a-half of being rather closely...
The Bookshelf
FACTS AND FIGURESIn THE SAGA OF SPECIAL EFFECTS, Ron Fry and Pamela Fourzon offer a fully-documented, well-illustrated and fascinating survey of this basic ingredient of cinematic illusions, from Méliès through Dynamation and Sensurround (Prentice-Hall...
The Sounds of Silence and Things That Go "Flash" in the Night
Fourteen weeks on the dubbing stage and the creation of a vast array of multi-layered effects, many of which have never before been heard by earthlings, add up to a dazzling stereophonic Dolby-enhanced sound trackMy first encounter with "CLOSE ENCOUNTERS...
The Unsung Heroes or Credit Where Credit Is Due
Special homage to the huge group of artists and artisans who dedicated their superb skills, effort and loyalty to "CE3K"When a new movie hits the streets, audiences applaud its heroes, both on camera and behind the scenes. The trouble a good part of...
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