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2013 / 02 - February Issue of American Cinematographer

Zero Dark Thirty (Sony)
Greig Fraser shot this intrigue-laden account of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, and his death at the hands of Navy SEAL Team 6 in May 2011. Fraser will break down his first collaboration with director Kathryn Bigelow and discuss the logistical challenges of the production, which was shot on location in Jordan and India.

Gangster Squad (Warner Bros.)
Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS used Panavision anamorphic lenses with Arri Alexa and Vision Research Phantom digital cameras to capture this period story of Los Angeles cops going beyond the law to keep the East Coast Mafia out of their city. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film finds Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) organizing a police task force that will go to war with mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and his army of gangsters. Beebe and his collaborators shine a light on how they re-created 1940s Los Angeles on stages and locations throughout Los Angeles County.

Parade's End (HBO)
Mike Eley, BSC helped visualize this handsome adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's tetralogy of novels, which tell the saga of a love triangle between a conservative English aristocrat, his mean-spirited socialite wife and a young suffragette during World War I. AC visited the show's sets during the shoot, which took place in England and Belgium, and details Eley's strategies for this ambitious television production.

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award
Dean Semler, ASC, ACS received the Society's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 27th Annual ASC Awards ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles on February 10, 2013. The Lifetime Award is the Society's highest honor, presented annually to a cinematographer who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence over an entire career. Semler certainly meets this criterium, having earned the ASC's Lifetime Achievement Award and membership in the Australian Cinematographers Society's Hall of Fame. His work has earned scores of prestigious honors over the years, including Academy and ASC Awards for Dances With Wolves and an ASC Award nomination for Apocalypto, as well as two AFI Awards (for Dead Calm and Razorback) and four other AFI nominations. Semler's other credits include Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Max Max Beyond Thunderdome, Young Guns I and II, City Slickers, The Three Musketeers, Waterworld, We Were Soldiers, XXX, Bruce Almighty, 2012, Secretariat and the forthcoming fantasy epic Maleficent. AC contributor Jean Oppenheimer penned a comprehensive overview of Semler's life and work.

The February issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes presents insights from cinematographer Alan Lasky about his work on the Marilyn Manson video "Slo-Mo-Tion."
  • Production Slate offers an interview with Simone Zampagni about his work on the Italian feature Caesar Must Die, directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, as well as a piece about the Netflix series House of Cards, shot by Eigil Byrd.
  • ASC Close-Up profiles Society member Stephen Goldblatt, who has earned Oscar nominations for the features The Prince of Tides and Batman Forever and Emmy nominations for the acclaimed television productions Conspiracy, Path to War and Angels in America. His extensive feature credits also include Outland, The Hunger, The Cotton Club, Young Sherlock Holmes, Lethal Weapon 1 and 2, Julia & Julia and The Help.

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2013 / 02 - February Issue of American Cinematographer


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