Flashback: Seven (1995)


    The Sins of a Serial Killer Director David Fincher and cinematographer Darius Khondji, AFC bring the Deadly Sins to the screen in the scary, stylized Seven. By David E. Williams Unit photography by Peter Sorel, courtesy of New Line Cinema Recalling how David Fincher first described his approach to Seven, cinematographer Darius Khondji, AFC excitedly

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    Wrap Shot: Alien3 (1992)


    Filming the sci-fi thriller Alien3 (1992), directed by David Fincher, director of photography Alex Thomson, BSC (center) plots a shot with operator David Worley (at eyepiece) as actors Charles Dance and Sigorney Weaver stand by. The production was primarily shot at Pinewood Studios, and began with Jordan Cronenweth, ASC behind the camera. Unfortunately, due to

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    Lighting Tech Tips: Household Lightbulb – Russell Carpenter, ASC


    While it’s easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest lighting gear, understanding the basics of using even simple illumination tools to set a mood and help tell your story is the cornerstone of fine cinematography. In this short clip, Oscar-winning cinematographer Russell Carpenter, ASC (True Lies, Titanic, Ant-Man, Parched) demonstrates how even a single

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    Art Exhibit My Hollywood Reveals A Life in Cinema

    Director of photography and artist Benoît Delhomme.

    Director of photography Benoît Delhomme, AFC discusses his paintings, which offer wry insight based on years of on-set experiences. Interview by Iain Marcks As a cinematographer, Benoît Delhomme, AFC has made a career out of exercising precision, taste, and style in his commercial work for Chanel, Tom Ford, Miss Dior, and Cartier, and with a feature CV

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    Beyond The Frame: Rosemary’s Baby


    In midtown Manhattan and suffering from paranoid panic, a very pregnant Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) prepares to make an emergency call to her obstetrician as director Roman Polanski (at camera) and cinematographer William A. Fraker, ASC, BSC (partially obscured) plot their coverage for this scene from the fright classic Rosemary’s Baby (1968). The tension of the sequence

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    Clubhouse Transformed into ASC Gallery

    John Toll, ASC — whose work was featured — speaks with a guest. Photo by Alex Beatty

    The American Society of Cinematographers opened its first exhibition still photography by members on March 18, with the historic Clubhouse in Hollywood serving as their ASC Gallery. The nine participants in the show were Russell Carpenter, James Chressanthis, David Darby, Stephen Goldblatt, Jacek Laskus, Phedon Papamichael, John Simmons, John Toll and Theo van de Sande. Each photographer offered five images, following a loose theme of portraiture, presenting a

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    New Interview Series with Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC Now Online


    Recorded at the ASC Clubhouse during a Friends of the ASC “Coffee & Conversation” interview presentation event, a new multi-part video of Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC discussing his work in the thriller Nocturnal Animals is now online. Here’s a promotional spot for the FotASC series, also featuring interviewer Jim Hemphill, as well as the first of 8 episodes. The entire

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    Beyond The Frame: Alien


    At Shepperton Studios, director Ridley Scott (center) oversees shooting a close-up on the creepy, translucent “facehugger” creature while filming Alien (1979), photographed by Derek Vanlint, CSC. The iconic beast was designed by a team that included H.R. Giger, screenwriter Dan O’Bannon and illustrator Ron Cobb — resulting in recurring nightmares for generations of filmgoers worldwide. Scott

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