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The December 2017 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on holiday-season releases.

Blade Runner 2049
(Warner Bros.)

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC continued his collaboration with director Denis Villeneuve — following the features Prisoners and Sicario — with this highly anticipated sequel to director Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Harrison Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard, who’s found by a young “blade runner” (Ryan Gosling) and pulled out of hiding decades after abandoning his job as a replicant-hunting cop in Los Angeles. Deakins shares his insights into the production in an extensive Q&A; also includes a sidebar with production designer Dennis Gassner.

Thor: Ragnarok
(Marvel/Disney)

Javier Aguirresarobe, ASC, AEC joined forces with director Taika Waititi for the latest chapter in the big-screen saga of Marvel’s mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth). The god of thunder faces a task of cosmic proportions as he has to battle his way out of a lethal gladiatorial contest — in which he’s pitted against his former ally, the incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) — and stop the nefarious Hela (Cate Blanchett) from tearing Asgard wholly asunder. Aguirresarobe offers a guided tour of the planet-hopping adventure.

Suburbicon and Roman J. Israel, Esq.
(Paramount; Sony)

Robert Elswit, ASC was behind the camera for each of these features, which were directed by George Clooney and Dan Gilroy, respectively. In Suburbicon, a quiet town is shaken to its core after a home invasion opens the door to escalating violence, with the unassuming Gardner (Matt Damon) at the heart of it all. Roman J. Israel, Esq., meanwhile, follows the eponymous defense attorney (Denzel Washington) as he navigates an increasingly tumultuous and ever more extreme series of events. Elswit details his work on both productions in an expansive Q&A.

Mudbound
(Netflix)

Rachel Morrison, ASC and director Dee Rees garnered early buzz when this period movie had its premiere at Sundance this past January. Following World War II, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell) return home to rural Mississippi, where they struggle to acclimate to post-war life and to deal with the rampant racism that’s all around them. Morrison offers her perspective on the production, which shot in and around New Orleans, La.

Our Souls at Night
(Netflix)

Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC partnered with director Ritesh Batra for this adaptation of Kent Haruf’s bestselling novel of the same name. When the widowed Addie Moore (Jane Fonda) pays a visit to her longtime neighbor Louis Waters (Robert Redford) — himself a widower — an unexpected relationship takes root and blossoms between the two. Goldblatt takes readers behind the scenes of the romantic drama.

The December issue’s departments also offer illuminating insights:

Shot Craft offers an array of tips for cinematographers aspiring and seasoned alike.

Short Takes looks at cinematographer Tinx Chan’s work on Empty Skies, a period short set during China’s Cultural Revolution and just before the Great Famine.

Filmmakers’ Forum presents Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC’s first-person account of reteaming with writer-director Woody Allen for the feature Wonder Wheel.