The May 2011 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, salutes the ASC and Academy Award nominees for cinematography and recaps the Academy Scientific and Technical Awards
Cinema Vérité (HBO)
Affonso Beato, ASC discusses his work on this intriguing HBO television movie which dramatizes the making of the groundbreaking 1973 documentary series An American Family, a forerunner of today’s reality-TV series that chronicled the lives of the Loud clan and catapulted them to national notoriety. AC was welcomed onto the set and presents a detailed overview of the production, which stars James Gandolfini, Diane Lane and Tim Robbins.
There Be Dragons (Samuel Goldwyn)
Gabriel Beristain, ASC, BSC was behind the camera on this Roland Joffé period drama about a pair of childhood friends whose lives are torn apart by the Spanish Civil War. Beristain discusses the complexities of the logistics he faced while shooting on location in Argentina and Spain.
Byron Shah became one of the first cinematographers to shoot a feature with Arri’s Alexa camera while working on this comedy, which concerns a group of teenagers preparing for their high-school prom. Shah offers an overview of the camera’s features and performance.
Digital Imaging, Part 2
AC technical editor Christopher Probst presents the second half of his incisive look at the history, design and function of digital imagers. His coverage also compares the performance of various imagers.
ASC/Academy Award winners and nominees
In our annual salute to the year’s best cinematography, we present a pictorial recap of the annual ASC Awards weekend and acknowledge the accomplishments of all the directors of photography who were honored at the ASC and Academy Award ceremonies: Danny Cohen, BSC (The King’s Speech), Jeff Cronenweth, ASC (The Social Network), Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (True Grit), Matthew Libatique, ASC (Black Swan) and Wally Pfister, ASC (Inception).
Academy Scientific and Technical Awards
We offer a complete review of this year’s ingenious honorees, whose technical contributions to filmmaking were feted on February 12 during a prestigious dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Included in our coverage will be a profile of ASC associate member Denny Clairmont, who received the John A. Bonner Award for the advancements he’s brought to camera technology as co-founder of Clairmont Camera.
The May issue’s departments also offer illuminating insights:
- Short Takes features interviews with the 2011 William A. Fraker Heritage Award recipients: Dagmar Weaver-Hansen, a graduate student at UCLA, and Boyd Hobbs of Full Sail University.
- Production Slate offers an interview with cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger about his work on Werner Herzog’s 3-D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams and presents insights from the filmmaking team behind the cinematography documentary Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff.
- Post Focus offers an overview of the non-tethered tape-and-digital workflow employed on-set by Bing Sokolsky, ASC and digital-imaging technician Kevin Stanley.
- ASC Close-Up offers a profile of Society member Tobias Schliessler, whose recent credits include the features Dreamgirls, Hancock and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.