December 2016 issue of American
magazine, which features a special focus on holiday-season
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
John Toll, ASC joined director Ang Lee for this big-screen
adaptation of Ben Fountain’s award-winning novel of the same name. 19-year-old
Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) is an Army private who survives an especially tense firefight
in Iraq; he recalls that day’s tragic events in a series of flashbacks while he
and his comrades are saluted for their service during a football game’s
halftime show. Toll and his colleagues detail their unique, innovative
technical approach — which included recording 120 fps 4K footage in 3D with
Sony F65 cameras — for this character-driven drama.
Don Burgess, ASC continued his long-running collaboration with
director Robert Zemeckis for this romantic thriller about two spies — Max Vatan
(Brad Pitt) and Marianne Beausejour (Marion Cotillard) — who fall in love
during a mission to assassinate a German official. Set against the backdrop of
World War II, the feature was shot in London and the Canary Islands. Burgess
and his collaborators discuss their workflow, which incorporated Red
Weapon Dragon cameras and Leica lenses.
Rules Don’t Apply
(20th Century Fox)
Caleb Deschanel, ASC was behind the camera for this 1950s-set
romantic comedy-drama about the star-crossed relationship between Frank Forbes
(Alden Ehrenreich), a driver and aspiring entrepreneur, and actress Marla
Mabrey (Lily Collins), both of whom are in the employ of the singular Howard
Hughes (played by the movie’s writer-director-producer, Warren Beatty). Deschanel discusses how he created an appropriately period look for the Los
Bradford Young, ASC partnered with director Denis Villeneuve for
this journey into the unknown. When mysterious spacecraft arrive in locations
around the Earth, the United States assembles a team — including linguist
Louise Banks (Amy Adams), mathematician Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), and Army
Colonel Weber (Forest Whitaker) — to investigate and, if possible, communicate
with the extraterrestrials. Young spoke with AC just after the feature screened
at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.
The December issue’s departments also offers illuminating
Short Takes pulls back the curtain on the ambitious science-fiction
Kryo, shot by Frederick Gomoll.
Production Slate visits Manchester by the Sea,
Jody Lee Lipes, and catches up with A
Street Cat Named Bob
, shot by Peter Wunstorf, ASC.
ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Checco Varese,
whose credits include the features
Under the Same Moon, Prom Night,
Pacific Rim, The 33
and Miracles From Heaven, and episodes
of the series
True Blood, Reign and The Strain.