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American Cinematographer

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AC magazine presents a series of interviews with cinematographers, directors and other key collaborators involved in filmmaking process.


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49: Jost Vacano, ASC: Robocop (1987)

Robocop Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich talks with cinematographer Jost Vacano, ASC about his work on the 1987 film, Robocop directed by Paul Verhoeven. They breakdown his visual approach to the film and discuss his custom-built handheld camera rig.

  • 34 min | audio

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48: Philippe Le Sourd, AFC: The Grandmaster

The Grandmaster Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich talks with cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd, AFC about filming Kar Wai Wong's martial arts extravaganza The Grandmaster. They discuss how the project morphed over its 3 years of production in China, as well as his creative collaboration with the director.

  • 24 min | audio

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47: John Schwartzman, ASC: Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Jim Hemphill speaks with John Schwartzman, ASC about his work on the modestly budgeted character-driven movie, Saving Mr. Banks, discussing the choice to shoot on film and how they recreated 1960s Los Angeles using no digital mattes or effects.

  • 33 min | audio

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46: Elliot Davis: Man of Tai Chi

Man of Tai Chi Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich talks with cinematographer Elliot Davis about his work on Man of Tai Chi. They discuss shooting in China, working with director Keanu Reeves' and his approach to shooting a commercial martial arts film, as well as Davis’ views on film vs. digital.

  • 35 min | audio

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45: Phedon Papamichael, ASC: Nebraska

Nebraska Podcast

American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill talks with Nebraska cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, ASC about working with Alexander Payne, the benefits of shooting B&W in a digital age and shooting a road movie in real locations with many local actors.

  • 38 min | audio

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44: David Eggby, ACS: Riddick

Riddick Podcast

American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill talks with Riddick cinematographer David Eggby, ACS about returning to the Pitch Black franchise and reuniting with director David Twohy to create a gritty, side-lit and contrasty atmosphere on a film with budget issues.

  • 24 min | audio

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43: John R. Leonetti, ASC: The Conjuring

The Conjuring Podcast

American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill talks with The Conjuring cinematographer John R. Leonetti, ASC about creating an ultra-realistic feeling by shooting the set as is it were a location  they did not pull walls and used practical lighting as much as possible. He also discusses how their frequent use of a wide angle lens enhanced the audience's feeling of tension and unease.

  • 36 min | audio

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42: Robert McLachlan: Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Podcast

American Cinematographer's Iain Stasukevich speaks with Game of Thrones cinematographer Robert McLachlan. This episode acts as a commentary track for Episode 9 of Season 3, which includes the infamous Red Wedding scene. They discuss specifics about this episode as well as how he works in concert with the six other cinematographers working on season three of this massive, international production.

  • 52 min | audio

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41: Cinematographer Ben Seresin, ASC, BSC: Pain and Gain

Pain and Gain Podcast

American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill chats with Pain and Gain cinematographer Ben Seresin, ASC, BSC about working with director Michael Bay on this ambitious and kinetic film — often shooting 60-90 setups in a single day and using over 20 different types of cameras for various effects.

  • 29 min | audio

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40: Cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC and writer/director Dan Mirvish: Between Us

Between Us Podcast

American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill talks with Between Us cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC and writer/director Dan Mirvish about the challenges of shooting this polished drama with a micro budget and many volunteer crew members.

  • 40 min | audio

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39: Cinematographers John Toll, ASC and Frank Griebe: Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas Podcast

American Cinematographer's Iain Stasukevich speaks with cinematographers John Toll, ASC and Frank Griebe about the Wachowski sibling's feature, Cloud Atlas and how they collaborated on the look of this complicated production shot across multiple countries.'

  • 34 min | audio

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38: Cinematographer Russell Carpenter, ASC, and Director Joshua Michael Stern: Jobs

Jobs Podcast

American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill talks with cinematographer Russell Carpenter, ASC and director Joshua Michael Stern about the film, Jobs, which explores the life and career of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Working with the budget of an independent film, they created three unique looks to capture the feel of different eras in Job's life, but were careful never to go 'over the top.'

  • 45 min | audio

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37: Cinematographer Norm Li, CSC, and Director Panos Cosmatos: Beyond the Black Rainbow

Beyond the Black Rainbow Podcast

American Cinematographer's Iain Stasukevich speaks with cinematographer Norm Li, CSC and director Panos Cosmatos about their collaboration on Beyond the Black Rainbow, a stylish low budget sci fi thriller, and their decision to shoot 2-perf 35mm film instead of digital or other formats.

  • 36 min | audio

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36: Shane Hurlbut, ASC: Deadfall

Deadfall Podcast

American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill talks with Shane Hurlbut, ASC about the 2012 film, Deadfall, and his choice of mixing film capture with additional DSLR cameras, the effects of combining formats on workflow, and how he selects the best equipment for each film.

  • 48 min | audio

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35: Claudio Miranda, ASC: Life of Pi

Life of Pi Podcast

American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill speaks with Claudio Miranda, ASC about his work on Ang Lee's Life of Pi, discussing the unique challenges of shooting digital 3D on this film, set mostly on the open ocean  and how they kept it visually engaging.

  • 30 min | audio

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34: Peter Deming, ASC: Cabin in the Woods

Cabin in the Woods Podcast

American Cinematographer's Iain Stasukevich talks with Peter Deming, ASC about playing with and against traditional horror cliches in the Joss Whedon-produced film, Cabin in the Woods, as well as his past work with directors who explore darker themes: David Lynch, Sam Raimi and Wes Craven.

  • 27 min | audio

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33: Director Mikael Salomon, ASC and Cinematographer Ben Nott, ACS: Coma

Coma Podcast

Director Mikael Salomon, ASC and cinematographer Ben Nott, ACS speak with American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill about the A&E Miniseries Coma: how former cinematographer Salomon approaches directing, and how they got the most out of a tiny budget.

  • 46 min | audio

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32: Director Bart Layton and Cinematographer Erik Wilson: The Imposter

The Imposter Podcast

American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill talks with director Bart Layton and cinematographer Erik Wilson about the art of creating dramatic, cinematic reenactments in the context of a documentary as well as the challenge of working with previously shot interview footage from cinematographer Lynda Hall.

  • 32 min | audio

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31: Frank Barrera: In the Family

In the Family Podcast

American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill talks with Frank Barrera about his collaboration with actor and first-time director Patrick Wang to create a restrained and effective look for this very low budget Indie film shot on the RED camera.

  • 39 min | audio

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30: Sean Bobbitt, BSC: Shame

Shame Podcast

American Cinematographer's Iain Stasukevich talks with Sean Bobbitt, BSC about his work on filmmaker Steve McQueen's independent film, Shame, covering the film's visual style, director McQueen's artistic approach on this film and on Hunger, and how building trust with the crew and actors was an essential element for success in dealing with the subject matter of a sex addict.

  • 37 min | audio

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29: Alex Vendler: The Woman

The Woman Podcast

Alex Vendler talks with American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill about shooting The Woman, an independent feature which made a splash at Sundance, and discusses getting the most out of a small budget as well as his creative collaboration with Lucky McKee.

  • 25 min | audio

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28: Mátyás Erdély, HSC: Miss Bala

Miss Bala Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Jim Hemphill speaks with Mátyás Erdély, HSC about the Cannes-nominated film, Miss Bala, and his collaboration with director Gerardo Naranjo on the film's formal, restrained visual style in exploring Mexico’s violent drug cartels.

  • 23 min | audio

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27: Oliver Stapleton, BSC: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Podcast

Oliver Stapleton, BSC speaks with American Cinematographer's Jim Hemphill about Guillermo del Toro's production of Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, why he prefers to capture on film, working with first-time directors and planning for visual effects.

  • 43 min | audio

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26: Fred Murphy, ASC: The Good Wife

The Good Wife Podcast

American Cinematographer's Iain Stasukevich goes on location to speak with Fred Murphy about lighting the television series The Good Wife, about becoming comfortable with digital capture and about what makes a good cinematographer.

  • 26 min | audio

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25: Chris Menges, ASC, BSC: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Podcast

Chris Menges, ASC, BSC speaks with American Cinematographer’s Jim Hemphill about Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and how he shot the film to make it easier for first-time child actor Thomas Horn to focus on his performance, and also about his collaboration with production designer K. K. Barrett to create sets lit almost primarily by practicals and windows. Menges also discusses his experiences using the Arri’s Alexa camera.

  • 27 min | audio

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24: Checco Varese, ASC, AMC: 5 Days of War

5 Days of War Podcast

Checco Varese, ASC, AMC talks with American Cinematographer’s Jim Hemphill about filming Renny Harlin’s 5 Days of War in the Georgian Republic, including shooting in the remote abandoned village of Tsalka where they cooperated with the Georgian military to recreate a Russian attack using jets, tanks, helicopters, practical explosions and one thousand extras. He also discusses the choice of shooting with a very early build of the RED digital camera.

  • 31 min | audio

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23: Conrad Hall, Jr.: OKA!

OKA Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Jean Oppenheimer hosts a wide-ranging discussion with Conrad Hall, Jr. about the challenges and happy accidents of shooting OKA! in a remote pygmy village in the Central African forest. He details his approach to lighting the film, attempting to capture the natural beauty of the people and the locale with a limited equipment package, as well as working with the local Bayaka tribe as both actors and crew.

  • 48 min | audio

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22: Footloose: Amy Vincent, ASC

Footloose 2011 Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Jean Oppenheimer speaks with Amy Vincent, ASC, cinematographer of the 2011 release of Footloose, discussing how the film’s dance sequences advance the story, how she collaborated with hair and makeup to create the ‘look’ for Julianne Hough, and about her repeated collaborations with Craig Brewer

  • 27 min | audio

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21: Breaking Bad: Michael Slovis, ASC, a director’s perspective

Breaking Bad Podcast

In part two, Michael Slovis, ASC discusses the process Breaking Bad employs to support its directors and provide a consistent feel to the series, as well as how it feels to work in this system.

  • 20 min | audio

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20: Breaking Bad: Michael Slovis, ASC, a cinematographer’s perspective

In part one, Michael Slovis, ASC talks with American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich about how the supportive and collaborative team, from the network through to the crew, work together to capture the New Mexican landscape with a cinematic flair.

  • 34 min | audio

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19: Berlinale 2011: Wim Wenders, Guy Maddin and Przemyslaw Wojcieszek

Berlinale 2011 Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich goes on location to Berlinale 2011 and speaks to: Wim Wenders about using 3-D on his dance documentary, Pina; Guy Maddin and his producer Jody Shapiro about his use of found footage in Fragments; and Przemyslaw Wojcieszek creative process that led to the look of Made in Poland.

  • 33 min | audio

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18: Buried: Cinematographer Eduard Grau

Buried Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich sits with Eduard Grau, cinematographer of Buried, discussing the creative and technical challenges of setting the entire film within the constraints of a coffin, as well as the decision to shoot 35mm film over video.

  • 38 min | audio

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17: Rabbit Hole: Director John Cameron Mitchell and Cinematographer Frank DeMarco

Rabbit Hole Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich talks with Rabbit Hole director John Cameron Mitchell and cinematographer Frank DeMarco about shooting with the Red camera, their use of older lenses and shooting unobtrusively for great performances from the cast.

  • 39 min | audio

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16: Valhalla Rising: Director Nicolas Winding Refn and Cinematographer Morten Sborg

Valhalla Rising Podcast

American Cinematographer’s Jim Hemphill interviews director Nicolas Winding Refn about how shooting Valhalla Rising in the remote Scottish Highlands impacted his creative vision, and he discusses using the Red camera with cinematographer Morten Sborg.

  • 53 min | audio

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15: Howl: Ed Lachman, ASC

Howl Podcast

Edward Lachman, ASC talks with American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich about visualizing the work of poet Allen Ginsberg, and maintaining an emotinal truth, in his work on the recent film, Howl.

  • 30 min | audio

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14: Knight and Day: Phedon Papamichael, ASC

Knight and Day Podcast

Phedon Papamichael, ASC talks with American Cinematographer’s Jim Hemphill about the complexities of shooting the big budget, effects-filled Tom Cruise movie, Knight and Day, comparing this large and highly technical shoot with some of his previous, smaller films.

  • 39 min | audio

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13: Lost: John Bartley, ASC

Lost Podcast

John Bartley, ASC talks with American Cinematographer's Iain Stasukevich about his work on the J.J. Abram's television series, Lost — including the peculiarities of shooting on location in Hawaii and working a show with multiple cinematographers.

  • 42 min | audio

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12: Killers: Russell Carpenter, ASC

Percy Jackson Podcast

Russell Carpenter, ASC discusses using a digital anamorphic camera, mixing film and digital on effects shots, and the complexities of shooting the action comedy Killers with American Cinematographer’s Jim Hemphill.

  • 26 min | audio

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11: How to Make It In America: Steven Fierberg, ASC

Percy Jackson Podcast

Steven Fierberg, ASC speaks with American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich about setting the look for HBO's series How To Make It In America on location in New York, his career in New York’s lower East side, and the pros and cons of choosing digital or photochemical.

  • 29 min | audio

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10: Under New Management: Peter Biagi

Percy Jackson Podcast

Cinematographer Peter Biagi talks with AC’s John Pavlus about shooting the feature Under New Management. Biagi discusses maintaining a career in the Chicago area, shooting on location in New York and working as a camera operator for Robert Altman on his last two features.

  • 44 min | audio

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09: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief: Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC

Percy Jackson Podcast

Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC, cinematographer of Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, talks with Jim Hemphill about shooting this digital effects extravaganza on a limited budget, and the increasing presence of digital tools in production.

  • 32 min | audio

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08: Crazy Heart: Barry Markowitz, ASC

Crazy Heart Podcast

Cinematographer Barry Markowitz, ASC talks with American Cinematographer's Iain Stasukevich about his experiences working with actor/directors like Scott Cooper, shooting this low budget film on location and working with actor Jeff Bridges.

  • 35 min | audio

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07: Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans: Peter Zeitlinger

Bad Lieutenant Podcast

Cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger and director Werner Herzog talk with American Cinematographer's Iain Stasukevich about Herzog's unique shooting style; how its seemingly freestyle approach fosters great performances and requires great flexibility from the crew.

  • 26 min | video

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06: That Evening Sun: Rodney Taylor, ASC

That Evening Sun Podcast

Rodney Taylor, ASC, cinematographer of That Evening Sun, talks with AC’s Jim Hemphill about shooting a low-budget anamorphic feature on location and finishing using old school photochemical techniques.

  • 44 min | video

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05: Tetro: Mihai Malaimare Jr.

Tetro Podcast

Mihai Malaimare Jr., cinematographer of Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro, speaks with American Cinematographer’s Jim Hemphill about his work, delving into the specifics of the film’s unique visual style as well as the process of shooting High Definition Video.

  • 47 min | enhanced

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04: Valkyrie: Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC

Valkyrie Podcast

Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC, cinematographer of Valkyrie, speaks with American Cinematographer’s Jon Silberg about shooting in Germany and the US. more >

  • 28 min | audio

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03: Poltergeist: Matthew Leonetti, ASC and Richard Edlund, ASC

Poltergeist Podcast

Cinematographer Matthew Leonetti, ASC and visual effects supervisor Richard Edlund, ASC sit down with American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich to discuss some of the classic techniques on display in the 1982 film Poltergeist.

  • 32 min | audio

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02: Hellboy II: The Golden Army: Guillermo Navarro, ASC

Hellboy II Podcast

Guillermo Navarro, ASC, cinematographer of Hellboy II: The Golden Army, discusses shooting tooth fairies and elementals, creating otherworldly environments and working alongside Guillermo del Toro with American Cinematographer’s Iain Stasukevich.

  • 37 min | video

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01: The Sopranos: Alik Sakharov, ASC

The Sopranos Podcast

Stephen Pizzello, executive editor of American Cinematographer magazine, talks with Alik Sakharov, ASC, the main director of photography about HBO’s The Sopranos, and reveals secrets about the show’s final scene.

 

Conversations on Cinematography

Podcast

The American Society of Cinematographers presents an ongoing series of cinematographers speaking with fellow cinematographers in frank discussions about their work on film and television productions.


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06: The Friends of Eddie Coyle: Victor Kemper, ASC

The Friends of Eddie Coyle

Victor Kemper, ASC reviews his work on the 1973 film starring Robert Mitchum, and shot entirely on location in Boston and Connecticut, with fellow ASC member Richard Crudo.

  • 25 min | video

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05: A Career in the Arts: Lance Acord, ASC

Where the Wild Things Are

Part 2 of a two-part podcast:
Lance Acord, ASC shares the artists who have inspired him as well as his own path from photography to film with fellow ASC member Rodney Taylor.

  • 50 min | audio

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04: Where the Wild Things Are: Lance Acord, ASC

Part 1 of a two-part podcast:
Lance Acord, ASC cinematographer of Spike Jonze’ Where the Wild Things Are, discusses the creative underpinnings of the film, and the techniques he used to tackle its artistic challenges, with fellow ASC member Rodney Taylor.

  • 40 min | audio

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03: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three: Owen Roizman, ASC

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Podcast

Owen Roizman, ASC chats about his lighting aesthetic, reveals his technique for flashing film stock and shares anecdotes from the set of the 1974 version of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three with fellow ASC member Rodney Taylor.

  • 54 min | enhanced

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02: The Dark Knight: Wally Pfister, ASC

The Dark Knight Podcast

Wally Pfister, ASC discusses working on The Dark Knight, the use of IMAX and shooting single camera, as well as his long term working relationship with Christopher Nolan in this interview with fellow cinematographer Daryn Okada, ASC.

  • 68 min | video

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01: Orson Welles’ The Immortal Story: Willy Kurant, ASC, AFC

Orson Welles Podcast

Willy Kurant, ASC, AFC is interviewed by Denis Lenoir, ASC, AFC about his work on Orson Welles’ 1969 production created for French television, Une Historie Immortelle (The Immortal Story). more >

  • 56 min | enhanced

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Special Publications:

Outstanding Cinematography 2006

An exclusive collection of ASC- and Oscar-nominated films of 2006: Apocalypto, The Black Dahlia, Children of Men, The Illusionist, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Prestige



Complimentary Articles:

Enjoy these special supplements to American Cinematographer, providing in-depth coverage of key issues in cinematography.

Authoring Images

The Future of Filmmaking Design:
Part I, Pre-Production:

An examination of the importance of collaboration of cinematographers, directors and production designers in an increasing digital filmmaking world.


Part II, Production:

An exploration of the on-set communication between cinematographers, directors and production designers, with an eye towards how digital technologies affect budgets and communication.


Part III, Postproduction:

Ideas and collaborationson how to keep the vision of the film consistent through post, including the importance of pre-production and, conversely, the increasing trends towards image-building in post.