The November 2011 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, features a special focus on low-budget production, as well as a salute to this year’s Emmy Award nominees for television cinematography.
In Time (20th Century Fox)
Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC made his first foray into digital cinematography on this sci-fi thriller directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War). The story is set in a dystopian future where people’s lives end at age 25 unless they are wealthy enough to buy themselves more time. Deakins shot the film with Arri’s Alexa and offers his expert assessment of the camera’s performance, as well as an overview of how the Alexa impacted his workflow, including the movie’s digital intermediate.
The Three Musketeers (Summit Entertainment)
Glen Macpherson, ASC, CSC teamed with director Paul W.S. Anderson (best known for his work on the Resident Evil franchise) on this new version of the classic swashbuckling adventure penned by Alexandre Dumas. Macpherson reveals how modern technology and digital effects were used to update the story of the cocky D’Artagnan and his trio of comrades, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, as they unite to prevent a beautiful double agent and her employer from seizing the French throne and sparking a European war.
Practical Tips for Shooting 3-D On a Budget
AC’s senior European correspondent, Benjamin Bergery, details cost-conscious techniques for filmmakers working on lower-budget 3-D projects. His research for the piece included a trip to an international 3-D conference where he gleaned valuable insights on this timely topic.
Digital Postproduction Workflows: A Primer
The widespread use of digital camera systems has created complex workflow considerations for cinematographers working at every level. While shooting a multitude of commercials and music videos, AC technical editor Christopher Probst has followed a variety of different paths from prep to post, and he shares some of the important lessons he’s learned along the way. This piece serves as a practical followup to Probst’s recent, much-praised primer on digital-imaging chips.
The November issue’s departments also offer illuminating insights:
- Short Takes examines The Candidate, an ambitious anamorphic short shot by Brandon Cox.
- Production Slate details cinematographer Jody Lee Lipes’ work on the evocative indie drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, as well as Logan Schneider’s approach to the PBS documentary series America in Primetime.
- Filmmakers’ Forum offers insights from Juan-Ruiz Anchia, ASC on the action thriller Bunraku, which required him to stage spectacular combat sequences.
- ASC Close-Up offers a profile of Dan Mindel, ASC, whose credits include the features Shanghai Noon, Spy Game, Domino, Mission: Impossible III and Star Trek.