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2009 / 03 — March Issue of American Cinematographer
2009 / 03 — March Issue of American Cinematographer


 
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Dexter
Romeo Tirone earned a 2008 Emmy Award nomination for his striking cinematography on this popular and critically acclaimed series, which tracks the movements of a Miami forensics expert who also happens to be a justice-seeking serial killer. Tirone takes AC behind the scenes to reveal his methods on the show's various locations and Los Angeles-based sets.


The Unusuals
Roy Wagner, ASC tailors the imagery on this brand-new TV series, following the blueprint laid down in the pilot by fellow Society member Peter Levy, ASC, ACS. The show follows the drama and comic insanity encountered by a female detective (Amber Tamblyn) who is transferred to the NYPD's homicide unit, where she and her partner (Jeremy Renner) work on cases with the department's eccentric cast of characters. Both Wagner and Levy assess their contributions to the program's look.


True Blood
Matt Jensen creates an appropriately Gothic ambience for this Louisiana-based vampire drama from executive producer Alan Ball (Six Feet Under), in which a barmaid (Anna Paquin) with the ability to read people's minds finds herself romantically entangled with a brooding, courtly bloodsucker (Bill Compton). Jensen outlines his approach to the show's Southern milieu and undead characters.


Life on Mars
Working from the style created in a Pilot shot by fellow ASC member Kramer Morgenthau, Frank Prinzi and Craig DiBona share the visual workload on this distinctive-looking detective series, in which a present-day cop (Jason O'Mara) is transported back in time to the year 1973 after being hit by a car. All three cinematographers details the techniques used to transport viewers back in time.


ASC Career Achievement in Television Award
The Society honors the stellar accomplishments of Robert Liu, ASC, when he receive this prestigious award during the annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala, that was held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
Liu's career highlights include a 1982 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Cinematography that recognized his work on the dramatic series Lou Grant, and a 1989 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lighting Direction on the popular sitcom Family Ties. His résumé also includes stints as director of photography on the comedy series The Nanny and The Steve Harvey Show, as well as considerable experience as a camera operator on many landmark TV shows, including Little House on the Prairie, The Rockford Files, Columbo, The White Shadow, The Bob Newhart Show, Baretta, The Incredible Hulk and many others.
All of these accomplishments and more were saluted in a piece penned by David Heuring.


ASC Presidents Award
Isidore Mankofsky, ASC
be feted by his peers for his many accomplishments as a cinematographer in both the television and feature-film realms. Over the course of his impressive career, Mankofsky has earned many awards for his work, including an ASC Award for the 1983 TV miniseries Trade Winds; ASC Award nominations for the miniseries Love, Lies and Murder and the telefilm Davy Crockett: Rainbow in the Thunder; and three Emmy Award nominations, for Love, Lies and Murder and the telefilms Afterburn and Polly.
His long list of credits includes the theatrical features The Muppet Movie, Somewhere in Time, The Jazz Singer, Better Off Dead and Skin Deep, along with many teleproductions, including Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, In the Custody of Strangers, Hobson's Choice, The Burning Bed, Stompin' at the Savoy and The Heidi Chronicles.
Mankofsky's achievements be chronicled in a biographical tribute written by Douglas Bankston.


The March issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:


Short Takes break down the innovative approach cinematographer Khristian Olivares Puya took to the experimental music video "Clap Your Brains Off" for the band No Somos Machos Pero Somos Muchos (NSMPSM).


Production Slate presents an interview with cinematographer Marco Onorato about his work on the award-winning Italian Mafia film Gomorrah; this section will also offer the thoughts of Japanese cinematographer Akiko Ashizawa and director Kiyoshi Kurosawa about their collaboration on the acclaimed drama Tokyo Sonata.


Filmmakers' Forum offers a firsthand account by Peter Sova, ASC about his work in Hong Kong on the action-packed sci-fi thriller Push, directed by Sova's longtime collaborator Paul McGuigan (Gangster No. 1, Lucky Number Slevin).


ASC Close-Up offers a profile of Society member Peter Wunstorf, whose credits as a cinematographer include pilots for the television series Millennium, Dark Angel and Smallville, as well as the TV movie Mob Princess and the upcoming feature film Surveillance.