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. 78, No. 12, December

A Cosmopolitan Celebration of Cinema
The 22nd Toronto Film Festival presents a potpourri of intriguing motion pictures.In keeping with the multicultural tradition of Canada's mostpopulated metropolis, the 22nd annual Toronto International Film Festival (held from September 4-13) canvassed...
Adding Depth and Breath to Titanic
VIFX jumps aboard project to add convincing details.When it became clear that Digital Domain could not handle the entire effects load for Titanic, some 150 shots were farmed out to VIFX (Speed, The Relic, the upcoming X-Files movie). The company's duties...
All Hands on Deck
Director of photography Russell Carpenter, ASC and an experienced crew capture the famed Titanic catastrophe on a grand scale - often via surprisingly simple methods.When the supposedly "unsinkable" R.M.S. Titanic was launched in 1912, its builders believed...
A Perfectionist's Guide to Super 35
Cameron and Carpenter discuss how care and rigid procedures can result in optimum images.While staunch advocates of the anamorphic process commonly deride Super 35 for qualitative reasons, even the harshest critics often temper their remarks with the...
A Rollercoaster Year for Visual Effects
The year 1997 has been a watershed period in the history of visual effects, one that recalls Dickens' most famous line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."Over the course of the past 12 months, audiences have experienced some of the...
Broadcasters on the Barbie
This fall's Congressional hearings on high-definition television were so riveting they might have made a perfect debut drama for the new medium itself. Accused by senior members of Congress of backtracking from their commitment to bring HDTV to America's...
Bugging the Men in Black
ILM sics a giant space roach on actors Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith.With audiences being bom barded by an onslaught of sci-fi in theaters and on television, devising unique extraterrestrials is no easy task. But ace makeup effects artist Rick Baker,...
Captain of His Ship
Director James Cameron discusses cinematography, visual style and Super 35 (among other things) and the making of Titanic.There are few filmmakers whose work and reputation speak as strongly as James Cameron's. In just over a dozen years, he has helped...
Creating Illusion in Seclusion
One would surmise that the largest visual effects house on the East Coast should logically be located in Manhattan's busy Silicon Alley, or in one of the Northeast's burgeoning high-tech corridors. In fact, the leafy, bucolic New England setting of Lenox,...
Cruising the Cosmos
Effects experts help director Robert Zemeckis explore the mysteries of the universe in Contact.Multi-Oscar-winning effects supervisor Ken Ralston ( Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Forrest Gump) joined Robert Zemeckis for an unprecedented sixth collaboration...
Digitizing the Dynamic Duo
Visual effects superheroes John Dykstra, ASC and Andrew Adamson add outlandish excitement to Batman and Robin.Though visual effects supervisors John Dykstra, ASC (Star Wars) and Andrew Adamson (Angels in the Outfield) successfully collaborated two years...
Epic Effects Christen Titanic
Digital Domain confronts one of film history's most challenging special effects extravaganzas.Since the RM.S. Titanic's fateful maiden voyage in 1912, the legendary vessel has made several noteworthy cinematic crossings, including Titanic (1953) and...
Fine-Tuning Titanic Images
Cameron employs CFI Laboratories' unique remote color-timing system.While feeling inventive one day, Consolidated Film. Industries' head color timer, Dan Muscarella, imagined a procedure that would allow him to utilize the Los Angeles-based company's...
From the Clubhouse
Fujimoto Joins ASCThe ASC's latest inductee is Tak Fujimoto, a San Diego native with some 25 years of cinematographic experience. After receiving a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley, Fujimoto studied at the London...
In Memoriam: David K. Stewart
David K. Stewart, ASC, a leading visual effects director of photography, died on October 16, at the age of 60. He had devoted more than half his life making motion pictures.Stewart was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana, August 27, 1937. He became an active...
In Memoriam: Robert H. Caramico
Robert H. Caramico, ASC, a former combat cameraman who became a distinguished Hollywood cinematographer, died on October 18 after a long battle against cancer. He was 64 and had been an ASC member since Februarys, 1981.Caramico was born in New York City...
Iron Man Bulks Up in Kellogg's "Engine Room"
After their Nutri-Grain cereal commercial, "Engine Room," won a Bronze Lion at Cannes, Kellogg's marketing executives were naturally pleased that they had asked Australian-born director of photography Steve Mason to shoot it. They were even more thrilled...
Letters
Kudos for Kempster CoverageThank you for addressing production designer Victor Kempster's process in his collaboration with cinematographer Robert Richardson and director Oliver Stone on U-Tum[AC Oct '97]. The collaboration between the designer, cinematographer...
New Products
Dayton Taylor Announces Timetrack Visual Effects Camera SystemDayton Taylor, the inventor of a system for producing virtual camera movement with camera arrays (see AC Sept. '96) has announced that his company, Digital Air, Inc. of New York, NY, has begun...
Pickford - the Woman Who Made Hollywood
Pickford - The Woman Who Made Hollywood by Eileen Whitfield University Press of Kentucky, 492 pps., cloth, $25There were years when Mary Pickford was the best-known and most admired woman in the world. There was even more to "America's Sweetheart" than...
Production Slate
Envisioning Life in The Sweet Hereafterby Mark DillonWhile frequently crosscutting between timeframes, Canadian writer/ director Atom Egoyan's 7776 Sweet Hereafterrecounts a school bus accident that claims the lives of 14 children, and examines the effect...
Rendering New Worlds
Software developers are busy developing tools that will help to make visual effects even more convincing.(The conclusion of a two-part series which began in AC Sept. '97.)As recently as 15 years ago, Hollywood's visual effects experts were still employing...
Ship Building
Vision Crew Unlimited's artisans lay scale-model keels for Titanic.When director James Cameron began production on Titanic, Digital Domain's model shop was on a collision course of its own. They were already involved in building a huge number of models...
The Postman Makes Rounds in Realistic Futurescape
Visual effects experts deliver a post-nuclear United States where wild animals prowl dramatically blasted terrain.The Postman, the first film directed by and starring Kevin Costner since his multi-Oscar-winning Dances With Wolves, takes place in the...
Through Rain, Hail or Nuclear Winter
Cinematographer Stephen Windon, ACS helps director/star Kevin Costner make his rounds in The Postman, a tale set in a bleak, post-apocalyptic future.Dances with Wolves is a tough act to follow. Kevin Costner's sweeping 1990 directorial debut walked off...
Wrap Shot
The enormous resources necessary to resink the R.M.S. Titanic far director James Cameron's new supermovie are unequalled in movie history, but past films have offered their share of spectacular ship disasters. The Titanic itself has been sent to the...
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