Magazine article American Cinematographer

Editor's Note

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Editor's Note

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With awards season looming, cinematic narratives are becoming more complex and visual ambitions more grand. All of this month's spotlighted films reach for the brass ring, promising rich rewards for discriminating viewers.

Of course, Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC and director Alejandro González Iñárritu have made a habit of challenging audiences, as evidenced by their previous collaborations on Amores Perms and 21 Grams. On their third film, Babel the duo skillfully link three separate stories set in Morocco, Mexico and Japan. In a comprehensive interview with senior editor Rachael Bosley ("Forging Connections," page 36), Prieto discusses the strategies he employed to create visual transitions between these very different environments.

Not to be outdone, Matthew Libatique, ASC and director Darren Aronofsky (who previously teamed on the intellectually stimulating features Pi and Requiem fora Dream) set out to tell a transcendent love story that spans three eras and 1,000 years in The Fountain. After visiting the filmmakers on set in Toronto, New York scribe John Calhoun followed up with Libatique to discuss the letter's approach to the heady, metaphysical picture ("Eternal Love," page 50).

Fresh from their success with last summer's superhero blockbuster Batman Begins, WaIIy Pfister, ASC and director Christopher Nolan set another high bar for themselves on The Prestige, a drama about dueling magicians that required the cinematographerto convincingly transform Los Angeles locations into 1906 London. …

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