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2007 / 12 - December Issue of American Cinematographer

Atonement

Seamus McGarvey, BSC was behind the camera on this romantic drama based on the acclaimed novel by Ian McEwan. The story begins in the summer of 1935, when 13-year-old Briony Tallis (Saoirse Ronan) sets off a chain of events that will alter several lives when she accuses the lover (James McAvoy) of her older sister (Keira Knightley) of a crime he did not commit. McGarvey will reveal his approach to the film’s handsome look, which has already earned advance raves from critics.

American Gangster

Harris Savides, ASC teamed with director Ridley Scott on this hard-hitting crime thriller, which is based on the true story of a dogged New York City undercover cop (Russell Crowe) who attempts to bring down Harlem’s most powerful and dangerous drug lord (Denzel Washington). Savides will discuss his “old school” approach to the film’s visual style, which pays homages to gritty cop dramas of the 1970s.

The Golden Compass

Henry Braham, BSC analyzes his work on this ambitious fantasy/adventure epic, which is based upon His Dark Materials, the first novel in a trilogy by author Philip Pullman. The story centers on young Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards), who journeys through a parallel universe to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments being conducted by a mysterious organization. Braham will outline his on-set strategies and his interactions with the show’s visual-effects experts.

Tribute to Laszlo Kovacs, ASC

One of the truly great and influential cinematographers of his generation, Laszlo Kovacs, ASC passed away on July 22, 2007. His impressive list of credits includes such memorable films as Easy Rider; Five Easy Pieces; The King of Marvin Gardens; What’s Up, Doc?; Paper Moon; Shampoo; Paradise Alley; Shampoo; Ghostbusters; Mask; Say Anything...; and My Best Friend’s Wedding. In this tribute piece, AC will honor Kovacs’ legacy by presenting comments from some of his key collaborators, as well as a selection of vintage photographs and bits of lasting wisdom from the man himself.

The December issue's departments will also offer illuminating insights:

DVD Playback reviews new DVD versions of the Jean Renoir Collector’s Edition Box Set (1925-1962), which features the work of cinematographers Jean Bachelet, Alphonse Gibory, Edmund Corwin, Jean-Paul Alphen, Jean Bourgoin, Alain Douarinou, Jean Louis, Jean-Marie Maillols and Georges Leclerc; If... (1968), shot by Miroslav Ondricek, ASC; and Taxi Driver (1976), shot by Michael Chapman, ASC.

Production Slate offers articles on Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, a crime thriller shot by Ron Fortunato, ASC for director Sidney Lumet, and Redacted, a fictional exploration of the Iraq war shot by Jonathan Cliff for director Brian DePalma.

Short Takes offers an interview with cinematographer Chuck Ozeas about his work on a Toyota commercial shot in Dubai.

Post Focus previews Technicolor’s new restoration of the sci-fi classic Blade Runner. This section will also offer information about the postproduction of the BBC television show Torchwood, which is being graded with FilmLight’s Baselight 8 at the London branch of the visual-effects company The Mill.

Tomorrow’s Technology will present updates from the ASC Tech Committee and its various subcommittees about their progress on a range of important initiatives.


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2007 / 12 - December Issue of American Cinematographer

 

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