The June 2011 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, turns the spotlight on the first wave of this year’s summer blockbusters.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Disney)
Dariusz Wolski, ASC returns for his fourth outing with Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), the first installment of the wildly popular Pirates of the Caribbean series to be shot in native 3-D. Director Rob Marshall took the helm for the latest adventure, which pits Sparrow in a race against Blackbeard (Ian McShane) to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. Wolski details his approach to the 3-D production, which included stage work at Universal and Pinewood Studios as well as extensive location shooting in Hawaii, Puerto Rico and elsewhere.
Haris Zambarloukos, BSC will detail his journey across the Rainbow Bridge and into the hallowed halls of Asgard to bring the Marvel Comics superhero Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to the big screen. Following their collaboration on Sleuth (2007), Zambarloukos reteamed with director Kenneth Branagh for the production, which pits the mighty Thor in an epic battle against his nefarious half-brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), with nothing less than the fate of all mankind hanging in the balance. Zambarloukos explains his approach to both the stage-bound scenes set in Asgard as well as the location work that finds Thor on earth.
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.
Historical: Taxi Driver and Raging Bull
Michael Chapman, ASC was behind the lens on director Martin Scorsese’s visceral examination of 1970s urban anomie, Taxi Driver (1976), starring Robert De Niro as the unhinged Travis Bickle. Four years later, the cinematographer, director and actor again joined forces for Raging Bull (1980), an incisive look at beleaguered boxer Jake La Motta, photographed in stunning black-and-white. AC recently caught up with Chapman, who shares his recollections from both projects. Our coverage also features a sidebar on the recent 4K digital restoration of Taxi Driver undertaken in advance of the film’s debut on Blu-ray.
The June issue’s departments also offer illuminating insights:
- Production Slate spotlights Steven Bernstein, ASC’s work behind the lens on Lifetime’s first foray into the action-thriller genre, the feature Close Quarters, directed by ASC member Ernest Dickerson; and the historical drama The Mill and the Cross, director Lech Majewski’s inventive look at the creation of Pieter Bruegel’s 1564 masterpiece, The Procession to Calvary, with cinematography by Majewski and Adam Sikora.
- Post Focus takes a look inside Prime Focus’ recently opened New York facility.
- ASC Close-Up offers a profile of Dean Semler, ASC, ACS, whose diverse credits include Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, The Coca-Cola Kid, Cocktail, Young Guns, Dances With Wolves, City Slickers, The Three Musketeers, We Were Soldiers, The Alamo, Apocalypto, Get Smart, 2012 and Secretariat.