The February 2016 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on rising stars of cinematography along with profiles of this year’s ASC Awards honorees.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
(Disney - Lucasfilm)
Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS joined director Gareth Edwards for this interplanetary adventure set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) leads a band of Rebels — including Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen), Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen), Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed) and K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) — on a clandestine operation to steal secret plans to the Galactic Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star. Fraser welcomed AC to the set at Pinewood Studios outside of London and offered a firsthand look at his work with Arri’s large-format Alexa 65 camera system. AC’s coverage also features sidebars with visual-effects supervisor John Knoll and co-production designer Doug Chiang.
Rising Stars of Cinematography
AC’s editors were hard-pressed to narrow an immense field of worthy candidates to this list of 10 directors of photography whose impressive work to date promises stellar achievements in the years to come. This section presents profiles of each of these 10 “rising stars” — whose credits span commercials, music videos, shorts, series and features — and also includes a sidebar focused on the cinematographer-agent relationship.
ASC Lifetime Achievement Award
Ed Lachman, ASC has photographed more than 90 titles in narrative, experimental and documentary forms with directors such as Todd Haynes, Steven Soderbergh, Robert Altman, Paul Schrader, Todd Solondz, Sofia Coppola, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Volker Schlöndorff, Ulrich Seidl and Jean-Luc Godard. He directed the documentaries In the Hearts of Africa, Life for a Child, Cell Stories and Report From Hollywood. Lachman is also known as a visual artist who has had installations, videos and photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Ludwig Museum in Germany, and many other museums and galleries throughout the world. His work on Carol and Far From Heaven garnered him Academy Award nominations, and the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce earned him an Emmy nomination. His next project is the upcoming feature Wonderstruck.
ASC Career Achievement in Television Award
Ron Garcia, ASC has collected Emmy nominations for Murder in the Heartland and The Day Lincoln Was Shot, both of which also received ASC Award nominations. He earned additional nods from his peers in the ASC for Divas and the pilot of Twin Peaks. Garcia won a CableACE Award for El Diablo and received another CableACE nomination for Nightbreaker. His long list of memorable credits includes series such as Rizzoli and Isles, Numb3rs, Providence, Gilmore Girls, EZ Streets and Crime Story. He has photographed numerous television movies, and has had big-screen success with features such as The Great White Hype, Storyville and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
ASC International Award
Philippe Rousselot, ASC, AFC earned an Academy Award and an ASC nomination for A River Runs Through It, and he was Oscar-nominated for Hope and Glory and Henry & June, with the former also receiving a BSC Award. His body of work also includes Dangerous Liaisons and The Bear, which garnered ASC nominations, and Interview with the Vampire, which won a BAFTA and BSC Award. Additional credits include The Miracle, Remember the Titans, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Antwone Fisher, Sherlock Holmes and its sequel Game of Shadows, The Nice Guys, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
ASC Presidents Award
Nancy Schreiber, ASC has assembled an eclectic list of credits in features, series, commercials, music videos and documentaries. Her cinematography in Chain of Desire earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, which she followed with an Emmy nomination for her work on the documentary The Celluloid Closet. She took home the Best Cinematography Award at Sundance for November in 2004, and had previously shared a Sundance Cinematography Award for My America… Or Honk if You Love Buddha. In addition to serving on the ASC Board of Governors, she was on the board of Women in Film and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is also a frequent teacher and lecturer.
ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Cort Fey, whose extensive television credits include episodes of the series Cold Case, Bones, Lost, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Grimm, Under the Dome, True Blood and The Last Ship.