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2018 / 05 — May issue of American Cinematographer


 
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The May 2018 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on optics.

A Quiet Place
(Paramount)

Charlotte Bruus Christensen joined director-actor John Krasinski for this thriller about a family forced to live in total silence lest they inadvertently reveal themselves to a monstrous threat that attacks the source of any sound. Christensen discusses how she and Krasinski developed a visual language for a story shrouded in silence.

Chappaquiddick
(Entertainment Studios)

Maryse Alberti teamed with director John Curran to tell this true story from the summer of 1969, when Massachusetts Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy (Jason Clarke) crashed his car off of a bridge in the titular town; the car’s passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara) died in the accident. Alberti details her approach to the production’s period setting.

Beirut
(Bleecker Street)

Bjorn Charpentier, SBC — one of AC’s Rising Stars of Cinematography in 2017 — was behind the camera for this thriller, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Jon Hamm stars as Mason Skiles, a U.S. diplomat who’s brought to war-torn Beirut by CIA operative Sandy Crowder (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend. Charpentier takes readers behind the scenes of the production.

Riverdale
(The CW)

Brendan Uegama, CSC joined this hit series for its second season, which furthered the mystery-infused take on the adventures of Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa) and friends including Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) and Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Uegama offers his insights on crafting the show’s dark drama.

32nd ASC Awards

Our annual recap of the ASC Awards offers readers a pictorial walkthrough of the Open House at the Society’s Clubhouse in Hollywood as well as all of the activity surrounding the awards gala itself. This section also highlights the achievements of all ASC Award honorees and nominees, including lifetime-achievement honoree Russell Carpenter, ASC and theatrical-release nominees Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (Blade Runner 2049); Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC (Darkest Hour); Dan Laustsen, ASC, DFF (The Shape of Water); Rachel Morrison, ASC (Mudbound); and Hoyte van Hoytem, ASC, FSF, NSC(Dunkirk).

The May issue’s departments also offers illuminating insights:

Shot Craft investigates image circles and take a look at recent additions to the growing inventory of anamorphic lenses.

Short Takes catches up with cinematographer Heyjin Jun about her work on the short Wyrm.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Jacek Laskus, whose credits include the documentary projects Far From Poland, Twelve Stones and The Human Face of Big Data; the series The Guardian and On the Lot; and the features Parting Glances, Frankie and Johnny Are Married and Shot.