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. 95, No. 8, August

Bad Blood
Based on the trilogy of vampire novels co-written by Ben Hogan and director Guillermo Del Toro, the FX Network series The Strain begins with a viral outbreak in New York. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), Dr. Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) and the...
Capturing All 4 Seasons
When asked what director Clint Eastwood liked best about shooting a full-length feature with a digital camera system, die directors longtime collaborator, cinematographer Tom Stem, ASC, AFC, retorts that the answer should be obvious to anyone familiar...
Close-Up: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC
When you were a child, what film made the strongest impression on you?My father produced documentaries for PBS, so from a very early age I was aware of the power of moving pictures and visual storytelling.Which cinematographers, past or present, do you...
Clubhouse News
ASC Elects Officers, BoardRichard Crudo has been re-elected ASC president for the 2014-2015 term. The other officers are vice presidents Owen Roizman, Kees van Oostrum and Lowell Peterson; treasurer Matthew Leonetti; secretary Fred Goodich; and sergeant-atarms...
Editor's Note
This month's issue spotlights a pair of movie musicals whose makers put some new spin on a familiar genre.Get on Up, shot by Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC, offers a non-linear look at the turbulent personal history of dynamic performer James Brown. Recounting...
Funk Soul Brother
He was an electrifying performer whose high-octane vocals and explosive dance moves made him one of the iconic figures of 20th-century popular music. He was an innovator who blended gospel, rhythm-and-blues, soul and jazz into the new musical genre of...
In Memoriam: Gordon Willis, ASC, 1931-2014
Gordon Willis, ASC died on May 18 from complications with cancer. He was 82.Willis was born on May 28, 1931 in Astoria, Queens, New York City. His parents had been dancers in Broadway theater before his father became a makeup man at Warner Bros, in Brooklyn...
Multiple Formats on the Fly
Cinematographer Michael Pescasio had a Vision Research Phantom Flex camera. Director Mark Pellington had never worked with one before. A mutual friend brought the two filmmakers together in Los Angeles, and what started out as a test shoot turned into...
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President's Desk
Though many of you might think it more a guilty pleasure than something to shout about in a public forum, I have no hesitation in revealing that Planet of the Apes (the 1968 original, of course) is one of my all-time favorite movies. And why should I...
Shaking a Family's Foundation
rolific director Joe Swanberg has helped pioneer the 'micro-budget "mumblecore" genre, which emphasizes largely improvised scripts, non-professional actors and naturalistic, informal cinematography. Last year, Swanberg dipped a toe into slightly larger...
Shooting a Feature on an iPhone
Peter (Jonas Fisch) is a freshly minted movie star. He has it all: wealth, fame and a beautiful expecting wife (J'aime Spezzano). When the couple's two best friends join them at their new mountain mansion for Peter's birthday, envy, secrets and paranoia...
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