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. 70, No. 9, September

Beyond the Rising Moon-Quality for Less
Editor's Note: Beyond the Rising Moon is a science-fiction, action-adventure love story shot, financed and produced entirely in Northern Virginia. The picture required 30 scratch-built sets, 3 planet environments, and 270 complex special effects shots....
Dead Poets Society
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.-Henry David Thoreau, WaldenThe story...
Film to Tape Mysteries Unraveled
In 1947 there were roughly 170,000 TV sets in the US. Harry S Truman became the first president to deliver his state-of-the-union address on television.The Yankee-Dodger World Series was televised, and "Buffalo Bob" Smith started a puppet show starring...
From the Clubhouse
The American Society of Cinematographers has named Dan Ross as its chief executive officer, according to Leonard J. South, ASC president. The post became effective August 1."Dan has been an associate member of the ASC since 1983, so he does not come...
Heart-Stopping Stunts for Lethal Weapon 2
Produced by Richard Dormer and Joel SilverDirected by Richard DonnerStephen Goldblatt, ASC, director of photographyMel Gibson and Danny Glover returned this summer as detectives Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh in the Richard Dormer film Lethal Weapon...
High Crime Culture Clash in Black Rain
Produced by Stanley R. JaffeDirected by Ridley ScottJan DeBont, director of photographyIt's almost impossible to predict the kind of food that will show up on a movie set. It might be high school spaghetti or tepid hamburgers or even director of photography...
Letters
One NitI read with interest the piece, "Video Wall New Concept for the Future," in the January 1989 issue of American Cinematographer.However, there is one nit I would like to pick. Near the end it is stated, "A video wall can already deliver 2100 lines...
Paradise Return of the Western TV Series
"There's an awful lot of people in the business who think their ideas are original - that nobody's ever done it before. But one thing my dad always reminded me don't ever let your head get too big. If you walk around telling everyone how bitchin' you...
Tanzanian Adventure Featured in Serengeti Diary
Diary: a record of impressions, thoughts, and feelings, or an account of events in a given time and place.Serengeti Diary, a production of the National Geographic Society and WQED Pittsburgh qualifies. For one hour, this documentary gives viewers a glimpse...
The 1926 Phantom of the Opera
When Carl Laemmle Sr., President of Universal Pictures, gave the go-ahead to begin production on The Phantom of the Opera in 1924, he firmly saw the new film as a designed sequel to the studios runaway hit, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which had opened...
The Bookshelf
Books dealing with cinema's perception of women, and women's participation in filmmaking, have been increased in number by three notable studies. Particularly significant is Prof. Constance Penley's The Future of an Illusion, a sober appraisal, psychoanalytically...
VideoGram
The CocoanutsProduced by Walter Wangei:Directed by Robert Florey and Joseph Stanley.Photographed by George Folsey, ASC.(MCA Home Video)The coming of sound limited the art of cinematography, but only briefly as the necessity of recapturing the fluidity...
What's New
Cartop PlatformThe newest version of the Carter Cartop Platform will hold two beefy photographers and all their photographic equipment without denting or scratching the roof of car or van. The platform has been refined over the past 30 years to such...

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