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2007 / 06 - June Issue of American Cinematographer

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Dariusz Wolski, ASC will discuss his work with director Gore Verbinski on the latest installment of this blockbuster Pirates franchise, focusing on the show’s demanding logistics and the integration of live-action footage with extensive visual effects. At World’s End finds Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) sailing into uncharted waters, where treachery and betrayal await them. Also returning for another voyage is Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow and Bill Nighy as Davy Jones.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Larry Blanford was behind the camera on this high-flying sequel to The Fantastic Four, which exceeded expectations to become a major box-office hit in 2005. In the new film, Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd), Invisible Woman (Jessica Alba), The Human Torch (Chris Evans) and The Thing (Michael Chiklis) must confront two new foes: the Silver Surfer (Doug Jones) and the planet-eating Galactus. Blanford will reveal all of the tricks he used to lend our heroes their super powers.

Mr. Brooks

John Lindley, ASC, CSC will discuss his collaboration with director Bruce A. Evans on this psychological thriller, which stars Kevin Costner as a man who is sometimes controlled by his serial-killer alter ego (William Hurt). Lindley will offer a full overview of the techniques he used to add menacing ambience to the drama.

The Alps

This stunning large-format film, which will play on Imax screens worldwide throughout the spring and summer, follows the true-life story of mountaineer and journalist John Harlin III, who sets out on an epic personal journey to climb the deadly North Face of the Eiger, the stormiest, steepest peak in all of Europe 40 years after the same mountain claimed the life of his larger-than-life father, climbing legend John Harlin II. Filled with majestic views of Switzerland’s natural beauty, The Alps put cinematographers Michael Brown and Brad Ohlund and aerial-photography specialist Ron Goodman of SpaceCam Systems through a true test of their abilities.

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

DVD Playback will review new DVD versions of Performance (1970), shot by Nicolas Roeg; The Conformist (1971), shot by Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC; and The Films of Alejandro Jodorowsky (Fando y Lis, 1968; El Topo, 1970; The Holy Mountain, 1973), shot by Rafael Corkidi and Antonio Reynoso.

Production Slate will interview cinematographer Tetsuo Nagata, AFC about his work on La Vie en Rose, an artful biopic about the life of singer Edith Piaf, and offer a chat with Agns Godard, AFC about her photography for The Golden Door (Nuovomondo), a drama about Sicilian immigrants that earned the Silver Lion at the 2006 Venice Film Festival.

Short Takes will analyze the short films Grace, shot by Levie Isaaks, ASC, and Rose, shot by Adam Meltzer.

Post Focus will spotlight the new digital-services company Illuminate, which unites four highly regarded production, postproduction and creative studios: HTV, Metropolitan Entertainment, HD Vision Studios and HD Vision Broadcast Center.



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2007 / 06 - June Issue of American Cinematographer

 

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