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. 60, No. 8, August

A Formula for Creating Award-Winning TV Commercials
A volatile director/cinematographer team talks about the methods used for garnering top honors in the competitive commercials fieldWith millions of dollars in sales riding on TV commercials, every national advertiser strives to hire the most creative...
"Alien" and Its Photographic Challenges
Lighting a gigantic spaceship with low-ceilinged, four-walled sets and many special effects-plus the vast terrain of an alien planet, called for methods that were out-of-the-ordinary, to say the leastMy involvement as Director of Photography on ALIEN...
A Visit to the Film Industry of China
A delegation of American motion picture technicians travels to China to meet in friendly session with their Chinese counterparts so that they may compare technologies and learn from one anotherIt all began with a telephone call from Washington, D.C....
Behind the Scenes of "Alien"
Perhaps not since "2001" has a science-fiction (science-fact?) feature so stunned audiences with its dramatic impact-while utilizing the art and technology of the cinema to the utmostThe fascinations of deep space provide a cinematic challenge which...
Cinema Workshop
VIDEO LENSESThe most popular location production television cameras fall into the category known as ENG/EFP, respectively 'Electronic News Gathering' and 'Electronic Field Production'. These cameras invariably employ the popular 2/3" Plumbicon® or Saticon®...
Filming London's East End on a Shoestring
On a sentimental film-making journey back to his birthplace-London's colorful "other side of the tracks"-the author finds that while you sometimes can go home again, it's never the sameWhat do William Penn, Geoffrey Chaucer, Captain Cook, Lord Grade,...
Hmi.Without Fear of Flicker
The latest innovation calculated to eliminate the residual flicker of HMI lights utilizes electromagnetic rather than electronic elementsINTRODUCTIONThe HMI source is rapidly taking its place in the field of professional lighting for cinematography,...
Industry Activities
HOUSTON INTL FILM FEST SET FOR '79The Festival of The Americas has selected Houston as its headquarters city for its 12th Annual International Film Festival Competition, Festival President and Executive Director J. Hunter Todd has announced. Todd continued,...
Out-of-This-World Production Design
Carefully avoiding any conscious imitation of illustrious predecessors in the science-fiction genre, the designer and his team create fantastically imaginative visual elementsI suppose the most interesting challenge of designing ALIEN was the fact that...
Questions & Answers
(Inquiries are invited relating to cinematographic problems. Address: Q. & A , AMERICAN CINEMA TOGRAPHER. P. O. Box 2230. Hollywood. Calif. 90028.)Q I am constructing a Super-8 optical printer from bits and pieces. After consulting Raymond Fielding's...
Special Visual Effects for "The Concorde-Airport '79"
How a recently developed method of controlled motion photography that adds a new dimension of realism to film-making was used to shoot thrilling sequences of the supersonic Concorde under attackThe energy of the Universal Studios Special Effects Facility...
The Bookshelf
FACETS OF CINEMAPublished since 1934 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as the Screen Achievement Records Bulletin, its successor, the ANNUAL INDEX TO MOTION PICTURE CREDITS is now being issued by Greenwood Press, starting with this 1978...
The Filming of "Alien"
The director of ALIEN talks about the hundreds of problems involved in taking an essentially fantastic idea and making it real on-screenWhen, as a director, you are offered a project like ALIEN -or any sciencefiction film, really-it is an offer to start...
The Twelfth Annual Motion Picture Seminar of the Northwest
Celebrating a dozen successful years, this friendly forum of film talk in the Northwest has become one of the most vital events of its kindOn June 1 and 2, for the twelfth consecutive year, Seattle hosted the intensive two-day information exchange that...
Tracking Shots Inside a Moving Automobile
A fanciful script about a couple trapped inside their car leads to the development of a simple, but ingenious, piece of equipment for filming required car-borne dolly shotsI recently had the opportunity to work on the film AUTO-MATES, written and directed...
What's New
IN PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND LITERATUREMACHINE SPEEDS 35MM FILM EDITINGThe editing of a feature film normally takes several months and both sound and film editors invariably find themselves under considerable pressure to meet their very tight deadlines.A...
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