The July 2012 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which covers the second wave of summer blockbusters.
Prometheus (20th Century Fox)
Dariuz Wolski, ASC teamed with director Ridley Scott on this hotly anticipated 3-D prequel to Scott's 1979 sci-fi classic Alien. The new movie, which is tangentially connected to the saga depicted in the Alien franchise, concerns a team of space explorers who follow a star map to an advanced extraterrestrial civilization that may hold clues to mankind's origins — but also threaten humanity's very existence. Wolski and Scott discuss how they integrated 3-D technology into the ambitious project, which was shot on stages and locations in Canada, England, Spain, Iceland and Scotland.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (20th Century Fox)
For this big-screen adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's bestselling novel, Caleb Deschanel, ASC helped turn the legendary U.S. president into a vampire-slaying hero who confronts the fanged, undead creatures who are threatening to take over his country. Deschanel discusses his collaboration with Russian-Kazakh director Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Day Watch, Wanted) on locations in Louisiana, as well as his techniques for intergrating the movie's live-action elements with elaborate visual effects.
Rock of Ages (Warner Bros.)
Bojan Bazelli, ASC collaborated with director Adam Shankman on this high-spirited, hard-rock musical adapted from the hit Broadway production. Bazelli breaks down key production numbers from the film, which features a soundtrack filled with songs by Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Twisted Sister and other well-known 1980s bands.
Dan Mindel, ASC teamed for the first time with director Oliver Stone on this action-packed crime thriller about a pair of pot growers (played by Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) who confront a Mexican drug cartel that kidnaps their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively). Mindel provides insights into his working relationship with Stone while the pair shot on locations in and around Los Angeles.
The July issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:
- Short Takes presents an interview with documentary cinematographer Buddy Squires about his use of the Phantom 65 camera for New York Story, a project he shot for the New York Historical Society that includes cityscapes shot in a 4.7:1 aspect ratio.
- Production Slate presents insights from Marcel Zyskind about his collaboration with director Michael Winterbottom on the dramatic feature Trishna, and Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC about his cinematography for the television series Dallas.
- ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Peter Collister, whose résumé includes Halloween 4, Can't Buy Me Love, Problem Child, The Replacement Killers, Mr. Deeds, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Hop.