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. 6, June

Challenging Nature to Film "Rocky Mountain Reunion"
Documenting a sort of modern Noah's Ark, venturing deep into the wilderness to release pairs of some of the most endangered speciesWe wanted to make a film that presented exciting solutions rather than doomsdayish problems. Everyone seemed to already...
Cinema Workshop
THE VIDEO SIGNALMotion picture film captures the entire image in one fell swoop. The lens forms the image, the shutter opens, and the image is captured in the film emulsion. So what's new? The point is that all elements of the image are captured by the...
Dracula Bites Again
The latest in a rash of films about the world's most famous Vampire, this lush production portrays him as a "romantic" who can't get enough of that wonderful red stuff (blood!)DRACULA The LegendCount Dracula's appeal is as old as Anarchy, and modern...
Filming "The Chessie Steam Special"
A documentary to celebrate the 150th Birthday of a railroad and also to salute a vanishing American legend: the steam locomotiveIn 1977, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad celebrated its 150th anniversary as the first common carrier railroad chartered in...
Industry Activities
OSCAR-NOMINEE WILLIAM FRAKER, ASC, ELECTED PRESIDENT OF ASCThe Board of Governors of the American Society of Cinematographers elected William A. Fraker, ASC, two-time Academy Award Nominee, president of that body on Monday evening, April 2, 1979.Fraker...
Of Vampires, Castles and Mechanical Bats
Production Designer and Special Effects Supervisor tell how their specialties help to build the unique mystique of the Dracula legendAs Production Designer on DRACULA, Peter Murton comes by his calling naturally, since male Murtons have been in the motion...
Photographing "Days of Heaven"
The winner of this year's Academy Award for "Best Achievement in Cinematography" discusses the techniques he employed that resulted in all those stunning images on the screenAs a cameraman, I am drawn naturally to the works of visual directors. In particular,...
Six Decades of "Loyalty, Progress, Artistry"
After 60 illustrious years, the American Society of Cinematographers is still dedicated to the same high ideals upon which it was foundedSixty years ago a small but dedicated group of Hollywood's leading cameramen formed the first organization in the...
The A.S.C. Clubhouse and Its Colorful History
The famed mansion, among the oldest remaining buildings of Hollywood, is now a landmark of the Film Capital and a reminder of its Golden AgeThe land in Hollywood upon which the A.S.C. Clubhouse now stands was originally part of the old Spanish Grant...
The Bookshelf
ASPECTS OF CINEMAA perceptive analysis of director Bergman's key films, Maria BergomLarsson's FILM IN SWEDEN: INGMAR BERGMAN AND SOCIETY illuminates the ideological relationship of his films to the milieu he sprang from, his straightlaced Lutheran upbringing...
What's New in Products, Services and Literature
THE BELTERThe Belter is designed to get your 35mm still camera off your neck and onto your belt... for use by active people who want to carry a camera while skiing, hiking, biking, sailing, on horseback, on the golf course, or during almost any physical...
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