Magazine article American Cinematographer

Editor's Note

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Editor's Note

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This issue has a decidedly Australian flavor, spotlighting a trio of cinematographers who hail from Down Under. First and foremost is Dean Semler, ASC, ACS, who will receive the Society's Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 10. During a long and prosperous career, Semler has amassed dozens of credits on a wide variety of popular movies. In 1991, he earned Academy and ASC awards for Dances with Wolves, and he earned a second ASC nomination in 2007 for Apocalypto. A member of the Australian Cinematographers Society's Hall of Fame who has received the Queen's Medal (one of Australia's highest honors), Semler has also won an Australian Film Institute Award (for the thriller Razorback) and earned five additional AFI nominations. "You'd think every film was his first film," camera operator Mark Goellnicht tells Jean Oppenheimer in her entertaining profile of Semler ("Vision and Verve," page 62). "He still has that excitement in him."

Zero Dark Thirty, a gritty procedural that dramatizes the CIA's hunt for Osama bin Laden, was shot by another Australian with keen eyes and a hot hand: Greig Fraser, ACS, who joined the project after lending his talents to the recent features ¿et Me In, Snow White and the Huntsman and Killing Them Softly. In Michael Goldman's piece about the production ("The World's Most Wanted Man," page 32), director Kathryn Bigelow says she wanted to work with a cinematographer "who possessed enormous confidence to go along with his skill." Mission accomplished, as the saying goes. …

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