Magazine article American Cinematographer

Editor's Note

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Editor's Note

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Hungarian cinematographer Gyula Pados, HSC first caught our eye with the thriller Kontmll (AC April '05), a surreal blend of suspense, comedy and romance. Since then, he has further distinguished himself with the features Fateless (AC Jan. '06), Evening (AC July '07) and now The Duchess ("Portrait of a Lady," page 30). Pados began his career at age 18 as a camera assistant on Hungarian television projects, later serving as an assistant on two projects with ASC icon Vilmos Zsigmond. The elegant period look of The Duchess indicates that Pados took very good notes during his formative years. In this month's cover story by London correspondent Mark Hope-Jones, the film's director, Saul Dibb, notes that Pados brings more than just a keen aesthetic sensibility to his work: "I think a lot of cinematographers naturally get obsessed with the aesthetics, but Gyula's first question is always, 'What's the scene about?' His focus is on how the camera and lighting will help tell the story. It's not so much about the how as the why."

Zsigmond and his late friend Laszlo Kovacs, ASC occupy center stage in No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos, a new documentary directed by ASC member James Chressanthis ("A Tale of 2 Cinematographers," page 54). Our Paris correspondent, Benjamin B, sought out Chressanthis and director of photography Anka Malatynska for their thoughts on the project, which traces the ASC legends' remarkable lives and careers. Chressanthis notes that he strove to shake up the familiar rhythms of the documentary genre. …

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