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2006 / 12 — December Issue of American Cinematographer
2006 / 12 — December Issue of American Cinematographer


 
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Casino Royale, British superspy James Bond is back, and cinematographer Phil Meheux, BSC was behind the camera for Agent 007's 21st big-screen outing. This turbo-charged action film, which concerns Bond's first assignment, is intended to "reboot" the famous franchise for today's generation of viewers with a new star (Daniel Craig) and new adventures. Meheux, the immediate past president of the British Society of Cinematographers, also shot the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye. He will offer a detailed overview of the globe-trotting production, which shot scenes in England, the Czech Republic, Italy and the Bahamas.

Apocalypto Dean Semler, ASC, ACS teamed with controversial director Mel Gibson on the filmmaker's first motion picture since the 2004 box-office sensation The Passion of the Christ. An ambitious epic set during the decline of the Mayan civilization, Apocalypto was shot in Mexico with Panavision's new high-definition Genesis camera. Semler will assess the camera's performance in rugged locations while detailing the production's formidable logistical challenges.

Children of Men, Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC shot this futuristic drama set in the year 2027, when humans can no longer procreate. When a woman becomes miraculously pregnant, a former activist (Clive Owen) agrees to help transport her to a sanctuary, where the birth of her child may help scientists prevent the extinction of humankind. Lubezki will discuss his use of handheld cameras and minimal lighting to create a visual aesthetic that borders on documentary.

Home of the Brave, Tony Pierce-Roberts, BSC worked with Thomson/Grass Valley's digital Viper FilmStream cameras on this drama about three soldiers struggling to readjust to life at home after returning from a long tour of duty in Iraq. In a detailed Q&A with the show's digital imaging technician, Joshua Gollish, Pierce-Roberts will assess the cameras' performance in the field while discussing his collaboration with director Irwin Winkler.

Global Village ventures into The Real Lost World, a documentary that explores Roraima, Venezuela, which served as the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed fantasy novel The Lost World. It offers an overview of the high-definition video production, which was shot by a crew led by cinematographer Glenn Taylor. The show will air in HD on the Discovery Channel show Animal Planet.

DVD Playback a reviews of Brazil (1985), shot by Roger Pratt, BSC; A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), shot by Jacques Haitkin; and Backdraft (1991), shot by Mikael Salomon, ASC.

Production Slate presents pieces on The Santa Clause 3, a holiday comedy shot by Robbie Greenberg, ASC, and Volver, an acclaimed Spanish drama shot by José Luis Alcane.

Points East presents an interview with cinematographer Antonio Calvache about his work on the East Coast drama Little Children.

Filmmakers' Forum steps into the boxing ring with an article on Rocky Balboa penned by the show's cinematographer, Clark Mathis.

Short Takes details cinematographer Frank Barrera's work on the short film El Viage.

New Products & Services offers a roundup of the year's most intriguing new motion-picture technologies, as well as a look at the Light By Numbers lighting-control system used on the feature Children of Men.