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2007 / 04 - April Issue of American Cinematographer

Zodiac
Harris Savides, ASC will discuss his use of digital Viper cameras on David Fincher’s hotly anticipated thriller Zodiac, which bases its drama on Robert Graysmith’s true-crime books about the notorious serial killer who terrorized San Francisco during the 1960s and ’70s. Savides, who previously shot Fincher’s acclaimed 1997 thriller The Game, will offer a detailed assessment of the cameras’ performance, as well as his general thoughts about shooting in the new digital realm.

300
Larry Fong will detail the methods he used to achieve striking imagery for the action-adventure film 300, a big-screen adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Fong shot the film entirely on Montreal soundstages in the widescreen Super 35mm format, and then supervised the project’s creative use of the digital-intermediate process, which was extensively applied to emulate the look of the graphic novel.

Sunshine
Alwin Küchler, BSC will discuss his collaboration with director Danny Boyle on this ambitious sci-fi thriller, which concerns a team of astronauts who are sent into space in a desperate attempt to revive Earth’s dying sun. Küchler will discuss the full range of techniques he employed, including his use of both the Super 35 and anamorphic formats to achieve different kind of flares for scenes involving the sun.

ASC Presidents Award
This honor, presented to veteran cinematographer Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC at the 21st annual ASC Awards ceremony in February, salutes directors of photography who have made exceptional contributions to the art and craft of cinematography. David E. Williams will offer an overview of Hirschfeld’s many stellar accomplishments, which include the features Fail-Safe; Goodbye, Columbus; Diary of a Mad Housewife; My Favorite Year; and the Mel Brooks comedies Young Frankenstein and To Be Or Not to Be. In addition to being the longest-tenured member of the ASC (joining the Society 56 years ago, in 1951), Hirschfeld helped launch the careers of legendary ASC members Gordon Willis and Owen Roizman. He has served as a filmmaker in residence at the International Film & Video Workshops and is also the author of the popular textbook Image Control Motion Picture and Video Camera Filters and Lab Techniques.

Sundance Film Festival
Each January, industry insiders flock to Park City, Utah to attend this key festival, which has launched the careers of many independent filmmakers. AC’s team of writers will scout out the most visually compelling entries for our annual roundup, which will offer insights from the event’s most promising cinematographers.

The April issue's departments will also offer illuminating insights:

DVD Playback will review new DVD versions of Pandora’s Box (1928), shot by Günther Krampf; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), shot by Haskell Wexler, ASC; and The Double Life of Veronique (1991), shot by Slawomir Idziak, PSC.

Global Village will offer insights from cinematographer Souhei Tanigawa about his work on the Japanese film Noriko’s Dinner Table.

Production Slate will present pieces on Rescue Dawn, a compelling war drama shot by Peter Zeitlinger for director Werner Herzog, and Severance, a horror/comedy hybrid shot by Ed Wild.

Points East will offer an interview with cinematographer Anastas Michos, ASC about his work on Perfect Stranger, a thriller set and shot in New York City.

Post Focus will offer a piece about the use of digital cameras and post on David Lynch’s surreal drama Inland Empire, as well as a piece on Milagro’s Post’s use of Bones software and other tools on a recent series of Chevrolet commercials.

Short Takes will present coverage of award-winning shorts from this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Tricks of the Trade will offer insights into cutting-edge digital rear-projection techniques from ASC member Bill Taylor.

ASC Close-Up will present a Q&A profile of Society member Vincent Cox.


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2007 / 04 - April Issue of American Cinematographer

 

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