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. 63, No. 9, September

Altman Shoots Super-16
Robert Altman fulfills a long time determination in his filming of COME BACK TO THE FIVE & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN, by shooting this feature in Super 16. It will be a theatrical release in 35mm this fall.In the 60s when Altman was directing...
Cinema Workshop
EQUIPMENT CASESThe cost of video and film equipment today is astronomical. Ten years ago a nice Arri S outfit went for $6,000 or so. Today a 1'' EFP outfit goes for over $100,000. So what else is new? The point is, that kind of an investment in equipment...
Designing the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
It's very easy to watch THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS, for many reasons. It has glamorous stars (Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton), nifty comedy performances (Dom DeLuise, Charles Durning, Jim Nabors, Noah Beery), hordes of dancers and plenty of music.It...
Feathercam Cm35
In 1980 Feathercam Inc. introduced the new prototype lightweight C.M. 35 camera at Photokina in Cologne and the S.M.P.T.E. show in New York. The response to the camera was very enthusiastic and most people could not believe that this 35mm camera was...
From the Editor
Those of you who are fortunate enough to know Bill Kroyer or Frank Serafine may have been puzzled by the way working on TRON affected their looks. Rest assured that they were not digitized and garbled in the computer. They were simply the victims of...
Letters to the Editor
Japanese Water ColorsA hearty welcome to the new editorial team. Your first issue (July '82) was dynamite. As a producer who sometimes has to transcribe tape-recorded interviews into written form, I had to laugh at something on page 718, part of the...
Production Management for the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
You're dealing with a picture that cost $26 million and almost 50% of the cost is above-the-line. Just chop that off. Imagine that that isn't there. All of a sudden you've made this picture for $13 million. That's a very attractive price for the film...
Reverse Blue Screen
The advent of the recent wave of motion picture special effects films, and the growing sophistication of the audience that the genre enjoys, has put an enormous strain on current travelling matte technique. Readers Of AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER will recall...
Special Effects for Firefox
OVERVIEWFIREFOX presented Apogee with an opportunity to put to use some very new techniques and to take advantage of some talents that have been our type cast for quite awhile. We asked Glint Eastwood what the Firefox wanted to be and do as a story telling...
Talking Technically
It seems that the more sophisticated cameras become the less can be done to rectify faults which may develop in the field. There was a day when if a camera broke down it could almost always be put right even without having to have a trained camera engineer...
The Bookshelf
ASPECTS OF THE CRAFTDiligently researched and expertly edited by Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward, FILM NOIR deals with some 300 American movies characterized by a somber and cynical tone, brooding anti-heroes, generally in low-key photography and with...
The Facts . . . the Panacam on Location
To shoot THE FACTS, a TV pilot for CBS, we subjected the Panacam to many varied shooting conditions. We took Panavision's new video camera out of the studio onto location. We did hand-held shots and candid camera work as well as travelling shots from...
The Making of GUNGA DIN
THRILLS FOR A THOUSAND MOVIES PLUNDERED FOR ONE MIGHTY SHOW!This phrase from one of the newspaper ads for GUNGA DIN offers a fair assessment of the picture-allowing, of course, for some traditional Hollywood exaggeration. Make that a dozen ordinary movies...
The Sundance Institute
Nestled in the Wasatch mountains in Utah is a small ski resort owned by Robert Bedford which during the summer houses the Sundance Institute. For the month of June eight or ten fifmmakers come there to work on the development of independent features...
What's New
IN PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND LITERATUREUNDERWATER COLOR TELEVISION CAMERAREBIKOFF® DR 633 VIDEOMARINE TRISAT is a broadcast quality underwater fully engineered electro-optical TV system, for professionals.Exclusive patented fully corrective S1061 water-tight...
William A. Fraker, ASC CONDUCTS A SEMINAR IN SEATTLE
"As a cinematographer you don't work for anybody but the director. You don't work for the producer, production manager, or anybody. Your loyalty and your love and hate and everything inside you, all your emotions, have to be for that director. Because...
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