Here's the May 2014 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, with a special focus on digital cameras. The issue also offers a recap of this year's ASC and Academy Award-nominated cinematographers.
Transcendence (Warner Bros.)
Jess Hall, BSC teamed with cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister, ASC to tell the futuristic tale of scientist Will Caster (Johnny Depp), who uploads his mind to a computer before his death. Caster's wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), and colleagues (Morgan Freeman and Paul Bettany) hope to use the scientist's intelligence to build on his work, but they soon find the digitized version of Caster is more powerful and more dangerous than they could have imagined. Hall and Pfister detail their collaboration, which involved shooting 35mm film in anamorphic widescreen.
The Immigrant (Radius-TWC)
Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC collaborated with director James Gray to film this period drama, which tells the story of a Polish immigrant (Marion Cotillard) who comes to America with her sister only to be preyed upon by a charming brothel owner (Joaquin Phoenix) and forced into prostitution. Khondji details his approach to the material, and how he helped bring 1921 Manhattan to life on the big screen.
Ida (Music Box Films)
Łukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski shot this ASC Spotlight Award- and Camerimage Golden Frog-winning drama. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and set in 1960s Poland, the black-and-white film follows a young novitiate nun, Anna, as she unearths a dark family secret just before she is set to take her vows. AC sits down with Zal to discuss the technical demands of the production as well as his collaboration with Lenczewski and Pawlikowski.
ASC/Academy Award Winners and Nominees
In our annual salute to the year's best cinematography, we presents a pictorial recap of the annual ASC Awards and acknowledge the accomplishments of all the directors of photography who were honored at the ASC and Academy Award ceremonies, including Barry Ackroyd, BSC (Captain Phillips), Sean Bobbitt, BSC (12 Years a Slave), Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (Prisoners), Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC (Inside Llewyn Davis), Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster), Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (Gravity) and Phedon Papamichael, ASC (Nebraska).
Academy Scientific and Technical Awards
AC spotlights the recipients of this year's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Awards, which were presented on Feb. 15 during a gala event at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
The May issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:
- Production Slate features an interview with Haris Zambarloukos, BSC about his work on the film Locke.
- ASC Close-Up profiles Society member George Mooradian, ASC, who earned four Primetime Emmy nominations for his work on According to Jim, and a fifth for The Exes in 2013. Mooradian's additional television-series credits include Happily Divorced and Kirstie.