Here's an advance look at the March 2014 issue of American Cinematographer, which offers special coverage of television production.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight)
Robert Yeoman, ASC reteamed with director Wes Anderson on this whimsical period movie set between the world wars, when Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), the legendary concierge at a swanky European hotel, mentors Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori), a young lobby boy who bonds with him during a series of memorable adventures. Yeoman discusses how he and Anderson expanded their signature style on this ambitious and finely detailed production.
Lone Survivor (Universal)
Tobias Schliessler, ASC amped up the action for this military thriller based on the true story of Operation Red Wings, a failed U.S. mission involving a SEAL team sent to Afghanistan to assassinate Taliban terrorist leader Ahmad Shah. The cinematographer addresses his collaboration with director Peter Berg and explain how he shot the movie's intense combat scenes, which were staged on location in rural New Mexico.
The Americans (FX Network)
Richard Rutkowski shares the cinematographic strategies he employs on this compelling dramatic series, in which a pair of Soviet intelligence agents pose as a married couple to spy on the U.S. government.
Saturday Night Live Film Unit (NBC)
Alex Buono offers an overview of his duties as director of photography for the venerable late-night variety show's special production team, which is responsible for the program's commercial parodies, shorts, title sequences and pre-recorded elements used in sketches.
Cynthia Pusheck, ASC reports on her work for the hit drama series, which stars Emily VanCamp as a woman striving to punish the members of a wealthy family that betrayed and framed her late father.
The March issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:
- Short Takes details the creative approach cinematographer Stephen Murphy took on the compelling short Coward.
- Production Slate presents insights gleaned during a visit to the sets of the feature production Pompeii, a historical drama shot on locations in Canada and Italy by Glen MacPherson, ASC, CSC.
- ASC Close-Up profiles Society member Rexford Metz, whose credits include the features The Gauntlet and Every Which Way But Loose; the television movies The Babysitter, Forced Vengeance, Silent Witness and The Defiant Ones; and special-unit cinematography on many major productions, including Tora! Tora! Tora!, Jaws, Blow Out, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Ghostbusters II, Courage Under Fire, U-571 and S.W.A.T.