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2015 / 03 — March issue of American Cinematographer
2015 / 03 — March issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's the March 2015 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which will feature a special focus on television production.

Fifty Shades of Grey (Universal)

Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC reteamed with Nowhere Boy director Sam Taylor-Johnson for the hotly anticipated big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' bestselling erotic-romance novel, which explores the relationship between literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). McGarvey will detail the Vancouver-based production, which combined Panavision anamorphic lenses with Arri Alexa cameras to present the drama on a widescreen canvas.

The Affair (Showtime)

Steven Fierberg, ASC was behind the camera throughout this series' first season. The cinematographer will discuss the tools and techniques he employed for the series, which tells its story from the distinct points of view of the characters engaging in the eponymous act: Noah Solloway (Dominic West) - a schoolteacher, writer, husband and father of four - and Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson) - a waitress whose relationship with her husband has been on the rocks since the death of their child.

Vikings (History)

P.J. Dillon was recently nominated for an ASC Award for his work on the episode "Blood Eagle," from the series' second season. The show tells the story of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), who, with the support of his family and fellow warriors, rises to power as the Viking tribes' king. Dillon will discuss his approach to the period story, which shoots in Ireland.

Doctor Who (BBC)

Rory Taylor is among the many cinematographers who have lent their talents to the long-running British series about a regenerating, time- and space-hopping Time Lord known simply as the Doctor. After wrapping on season 8 of the series' current iteration - which now stars Peter Capaldi in the title role - Taylor spoke with AC about honoring the show's legacy while pushing the series in new directions.

ASC Career Achievement in Television Award

Bill Roe, ASC's illustrious career in television has included work on the series Castle, The X-Files, Brooklyn South, Las Vegas and Robbery Homicide Division. He won two consecutive ASC Awards for his work on The X-Files and has earned seven other ASC nominations, as well as three Emmy Award nominations. In a career-spanning profile, Roe will offer a guided tour through his storied career to date.

The March issue's departments will also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes will spotlight Robbie Ryan, BSC's work on the music video for Paolo Nutini's "Iron Sky." The video was recognized with the "Best Cinematography in a Music Video" award from the recent Camerimage International Film Festival.
  • Production Slate will go behind the scenes of Kingsman: The Secret Service, shot by George Richmond, and Focus, photographed by Xavier Grobet, ASC.
  • ASC Close-Up will spotlight Society member Michael Weaver, whose television credits include episodes of the series Malcolm in the Middle, Pushing Daisies, Californication, Hello Ladies, Parenthood and Masters of Sex.