The March 2010 issue of American Cinematographer magazine has a special focus on teleproduction. The issue includes profiles of John C. Flinn, ASC, this year’s recipient of the ASC Career Achievement in Television Award, and Sol Negrin, ASC, who earned the ASC Presidents Award (Sol Negrin, ASC).
Shutter Island (Paramount)
Robert Richardson, ASC and director Martin Scorsese teamed for the fifth time on this chilling suspense film based on the 2003 novel by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River). The story is set in 1954, when two U.S. Marshals (Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) investigate the disappearance of a murderess from a psychiatrist hospital located on an isolated island. As a hurricane bears down on the island, the Marshals discover unsettling secrets about the facility and its practices. Richardson and key members of his crew (gaffer Iain Kincaid and key grip Chris Centrella) will discuss the lighting challenges they faced while simulating an intense storm for much of the movie.
The Pacific (HBO)
Remi Adefarasin, BSC and Stephen F. Windon, ACS marched into battle on this epic sequel to the 2001 World War II miniseries Band of Brothers. This time around, the camera follows U.S. troops as they enter the Pacific theater, where they face stiff resistance and surprising tactics while attempting to wrest control of the region from the Japanese. The cinematographers will focus on how they created harrowing battle footage for the 10-part saga, which will begin airing on HBO in March.
CSI: NY (CBS)
Marshall Adams and Felix Parnell share cinematography duties on this hit police drama, which continues to maintain its strong ratings and popularity with viewers. The show’s digital-imaging technician, Joshua Gollish, will pen a comprehensive overview of the show’s on-set procedures, addressing the cinematographers’ stylistic strategies and their use of both film and digital camera systems.
Christopher Baffa, ASC will detail his creative approach to this new musical series, which takes a sometimes snarky, sometimes sincere look inside the petty politics and peccadilloes of a high-school glee club. “We have moments of heightened, exaggerated comedy, as well as some surprisingly dramatic material,” says Baffa. “We’re trying to do that M*A*S*H thing, where the audience is laughing one moment, and genuinely touched the next.” The cinematographer will discuss his blending of location and soundstage work, his approach to lighting and his strategies for capturing the show’s musical sequences.
ASC Career Achievement in Television Award
John C. Flinn, ASC will bask in the spotlight on February 27 when he receives this prestigious honor during the annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala, to be held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Flinn’s career highlights include a 1993 ASC Award and two other nominations for his work on the TV series Jake and the Fatman, as well as six Emmy Award nominations, for the series Magnum P.I., Jake and the Fatman and Babylon 5 and the miniseries The Operation and Hunter: Back in Force. His résumé also includes stints as director of photography on the series Hawaii Five-O, Hill Street Blues, Gilmore Girls and Saving Grace. All of these accomplishments and more are saluted in a career overview penned by contributing writer Douglas Bankston.
ASC Presidents Award
Sol Negrin, ASC will also be saluted at the ASC Awards for his service to the Society and the industry at large. During his career as a cinematographer, Negrin earned five Emmy Award nominations: three for the detective series Kojak, one for the telefilm The Last Tenant and another for the comedy-drama police series Baker’s Dozen. He also earned 4 CLIO Awards for his work on commercials, including the 1970 “Bouncing Suitcase” ad for American Tourister. His other credits include episodes of the TV series McCloud, The White Shadow, St. Elsewhere and Dear John, as well as second-unit cinematography on the features RoboCop and Superman. Negrin’s service to the industry includes two stints as president of New York’s Local 644 and three years as national vice president of Hollywood’s Local 600, as well as years of experience as a teacher and mentor to aspiring cinematographers. His achievements are chronicled in a biographical tribute written by David Heuring.
The March issue’s departments will also offer illuminating insights:
- Short Takes will present an interview with cinematographer Matt Wise about his work on the short film La Premiere.
- Production Slate will offer interviews with Stéphane Fontaine about his work on the French drama A Prophet and Jody Lee Lipes about his use of the anamorphic format on the PBS ballet special NY Export: Opus Jazz.
- ASC Close-Up will offer a profile of Society member Fred Elmes, whose cinematography credits include Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Wild at Heart, Night on Earth, The Ice Storm, Hulk, Kinsey, Broken Flowers, Brothers and Synecdoche, New York.