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. 67, No. 1, January

Behind-the-Lens Diffusion
When I was preparing to shoot Getting Physical, a television movie for CBS, the director, Steve Stern, came up with a suggestion that was new to me. He wanted to use diffusion, but for TV it would have to be a very subtle degree of diffusion. He suggested...
Christmas, 1985
It isn't often that the public gets a chance to see a new family Christmas show. The television networks regularly trot out two versions of Miracle on 34th Street both exceptionally likable, and the marvelous Frank Capra fantasy, It's a Wonderful Life....
Clue® Is More Than a Game
Produced by Debra HillDirected by Jonathan LynnDirector of Photography, Victor J. Kemper, ASCDirector of photography Victor J. Kemper, ASC, has described Clue as "an ensemble piece." By that he means that there was a strong rapport among the artists,...
Explorer Series Goes High and Low
It began with Icarus. Man wants to fly. Not in a motor-driven, metal cage - but as the eagle flies - and the relatively new sport of hang gliding is as close as man has ever gotten to imitating the birds.Every year the intrepid men and women who love...
From the Clubhouse
The relatively new art of computer graphics was demonstrated dramatically at the ASC Clubhouse on October 28 by Digital Productions, Inc. This was the fifth in the State of the Art series initiated early this year by ASC president Stanley Cortez. Michael...
Griffith -an Untold Chapter
Editor's Note: He was Irish - and for some that was enough to explain the great talent and equally great penchant for self-destruction that were the opposite poles of Marshall Neilan's personality. One of the foremost directors of the silent screen,...
Letters
Large Format ReleasesI would like to answer the question raised by Mr. William Hewitt in the October American Cinematographer regarding the difference in various format releases of the first two Todd-AO features: Oklahoma! and Around The World in Eighty...
Logistics of Balloon Cinematography
A thermal condition is an inconsistency in air pressure systems resulting from temperature changes in the air. If the air is cold, and the sun rises and heats the ground, the air near the ground rises. Cooler air rises to fill the void. Simultaneous...
New 16MM High-Speed Film
Picture this scenario. You are shooting a documentary at a practical location. It is a comparatively dark interior and the available light is fading fast. The director wants to keep things flowing naturally and easily. In other words, the director doesn't...
Realities of Low Budget Production
Just the Two of Us is a feature length film produced for 310,000 and shot in Super 8. It is the story of the friendship between Frankie and Joey, a couple of working stiffs who find a genie in the men's room of their favorite bar and who must rethink...
Telling: TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE
Hard as it may be to believe in these times of stratospheric production costs, there is a television dramatic series which has just completed a profitable second season without benefit of those big network bucks that make most shows possible.Tales From...
The Bookshelf
A revealing look into the work and life of a noted director, Conversations With Losey offers interviews by French film critic and historian Michel Ciment, Joseph Losey's articulate views on Hollywood politics, studio interference and censorship contrast...
The Harsh World of Desert Bloom
Produced by Columbia PicturesDirected by Gene CorrDirector of Photography, Ray VillalobosRay Villalobos approaches cinematography with a few basic principles: Keep your work as simple and as natural as possible, be willing to take chances by trying something...
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