Using five very different films, Southern Comfort, The Warriors, First Blood, Streets of Fire, and Innerspace
, Andrew Laszlo discusses the specific challenges encountered in each. The author shows the broad range of complexity in motion picture photography, form its relatively simple "point and shoot" in a typical day location photography to complex in-camera effects. Lazslos "war-stories" depict the day-to-day activities of a cinematographer before, during and after filming the project. He discusses equipment, film stocks, testing labs, unions, agents, budget requirements, and working with the director, producer and crews.
Every Frame a Rembrandt is an expression heard on sound stages and locations the world over. While in most cases the expression is used lightly and not infrequently with a certain amount of sarcasm, its true meaning speaks highly of the cinematographers commitment to producing the best, most interesting, unusual and memorable images on screen.
The contents are as follows: Foreword by John Mason Preface by Andrew Quicke, Southern Comfort, The Warriors, First Blood, Streets of Fire, Innerspace and the filmography of Andrew Laszlo, ASC.