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. 11, November

Black-and-White All Over
Veteran production designer Assheton Gorton discusses his role on Disney's live-action version of 101 Dalmatians, and how it helped support cinematographer Adrian Biddle, BSC.Assheton Gorton, production designer on the new Disney live-action version...
FrameStore: From Post House to Visual Effects Facility
When FrameStore won an Emmy on September 7 for creating the digital effects in the miniseries Gulliver's Travels, the triumph brought home the fact that this one-time postproduction house has a new identity as a visual effects facility. Though the London-based...
From the Clubhouse
Yaconelli Inducted into ASCThe ASC's newest member is Los Angeles native Steve Yaconelli. A 1967 graduate of San Diego State's film/TV program, he furthered his cinematic studies overseas at the London School of Film Technique. Upon his return to California,...
High-Stakes Shooting
Veteran miniature model cinematographer Garry Waller is very aware that on commercial projects where parts of the visual image are manipulated, enhanced and then blended back together, the process will no doubt suffer a snafu of some sort. Says Waller,...
Hitchcock's Acrophobic Vision
Sir Alfred and director of photography Robert Burks, ASC carried suspense to new heights in Vertigo.Witty, rotund and very British, Alfred J. Hitchcock was one of fewer than a handful of movie directors whose name actually meant something to the public....
Honoring Unique Visions
A diverse display of international filmmaking talent makes Canadian gala an event of global importance.While the Canadian province of Quebec has recently made worldwide headlines with its internal struggles over cultural identity and sovereignty issues,...
Hope and Despair in Cuba
Director León Ichaso (Crossover Dreams, Sugar Hill) left his native Cuba in 1963 at age of 14 when the Communist revolution was in its infancy, but his ongoing outrage at the repression and indignities still suffered by Cubans inspired his latest film,...
In Memoriam
Joseph Biroc, ASC, director of photography for a half-century and member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 1948, died on Sept. 7, 1996, at the age of 93. Biroc earned an Academy Award (along with Fred Koenekamp, ASC) for his work on the...
Letters
70mm of SubstanceThank you to Rick Mitchell of Los Angeles for answering my previous query about anamorphic/70mm shows on video/TV [Letters, AC August 1996]. Yes, Mr. Mitchell, I do feel cheated in not getting the full picture on video.What is the reason...
Magic Bus
Director Spike Lee and cinematographer Elliot Davis take a cross-country trek to the Million Man March in Get on the Bus.Over the course of his decade-long career, director Spike Lee has made a name for himself by tackling subjects that mainstream America...
New Products
New ArrisunsArriflex presents their new Arrisun 2 (200W) and Arrisun 5 (575W), small, portable HMIs built using the same concept as their larger counterparts, the Arrisun 12, 40/25 and 60. They are fully featured and can be powered by an AC or DC electronic...
Night of the Hunters
Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC goes on location in South Africa with director Stephen Hopkins for the big-game thriller The Ghost and the Darkness.The African continent has long been a popular backdrop for Hollywood's adventures, even if the films...
Production Slate
Swingers' Director-Cinematographer Says "Make Mine a Double!"by Brandon WilsonThough such hyphenates as the writer-director and actor-director are becoming increasingly familiar breeds, the ranks of the director- cinematographer are curiously slim. With...
Ransom Ups the Ante
Director Ron Howard and cinematographer Piotr Sobocinski use intriguing methods to tell a tale of kidnapping and retribution.Ransom, director Ron Howard's first film since his critical and commercial success with last summer's Apollo 13, dives headfirst...
Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies
Reel Justice: The Courtroom Goes to the Movies by Paul Bergman and Michael Asimow Andrews and McMeel, 357 pps., paperback, $14.95In the fresh and different Reel Justice, two UCLA law professors take a penetrating gander at about 70 different movies that...
The Eye Behind the Lens
Top feature film camera operators discuss their pivotal relationships with directors and cinematographers.The critical role of the camera operator is perhaps one of the most dynamic, political, and frequently misunderstood positions on any feature film...
Transforming Super 8
By reworking Kodak and Fuji's cutting-edge 35mm stocks, Super8 Sound gives the often-dismissed format new creative options.Since the introduction of the Super 8 format in 1965, filmmakers have touted its compact size, light weight and ease of use, all...
Vertigo Restored to Dizzying Splendor
Universal recently launched a major restoration effort on Vertigo under the supervision of industry veterans Robert A. Harris and James C. Katz, proprietors of The Film Preserve Ltd. The same team was instrumental in restoring Lawrence of Arabia, Napoleon,...
W. S. Van Dyke's Journal: White Shadows in the South Seas (1927-28)
W. S. Van Dyke's Journal: White Shadows in the South Seas (1927-28) Edited and annotated by Rudy Behlmer Scarecrow Press, 152pps., cloth. $34.50Most of this small book's fascinating information about director Woody "One Take" Van Dyke comes from primary...
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