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2017 / 03 — March issue of American Cinematographer

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The March 2017 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which offers special coverage of virtual reality and location shooting.

T2: Trainspotting
(TriStar Pictures)

Anthony Dod Mantle, ASC, BSC, DFF joined director Danny Boyle to catch up with Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller), Begbie (Robert Carlyle), Spud (Ewen Bremner) and more, some 20 years after their unhinged exploits in the original Trainspotting. Dod Mantle details his approach to this long-anticipated sequel’s visuals, and discusses his ongoing collaboration with Boyle.

Film Independent Spirit Awards Cinematography Nominees

The 2017 Film Independent Spirit Award nominees have been announced, with five features singled out in the Best Cinematography category: Free In Deed, shot by Ava Berkofsky; The Childhood of a Leader, shot by Lol Crawley; The Eyes of My Mother, shot by Zach Kuperstein; Moonlight, shot by James Laxton; and American Honey, shot by Robbie Ryan, BSC. AC looks at each of the nominated features.

The State of Virtual Reality

AC surveyed the current landscape of virtual-reality productions, checking in with a number of companies and individuals who have entered the space to gauge their take on the medium’s technology and VR’s most promising applications. What recent advancements have been noteworthy? What limitations persist? How much demand is there for the content? All this and more is explored.

Working on Location

ASC members including Seamus McGarvey, Robert McLachlan, Reed Morano, Mandy Walker and Peter Zeitlinger, along with location scouts and location managers with whom they have worked, discuss the practicalities of shooting in settings far and wide. How do they go about finding local equipment and crew? Which locales have provided particularly positive experiences? What horrors have they endured? Buckle your seatbelt for this globetrotting discussion of shooting motion pictures hither and yon.

The March issue’s departments offer illuminating insights:

Short Takes spotlights cinematographer Valentina Caniglia, AIC’s work on director Eva Contis’ short The Stand.

Production Slate goes behind the scenes of The Great Wall with cinematographers Zhao Xiaoding and Stuart Dryburgh, ASC, NZCS. This section also covers the collaboration between Antonio Riestra, ASC, AMC, ACK and fellow Society member Rob Legato — the cinematographer and director, respectively, of the horror feature Eloise.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Christopher Chomyn, whose credits include the features Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, Phantasm IV: Oblivion, Lockdown, Sea of Dreams, Wild About Harry and Hidden Moon; the documentary Levitated Mass; and numerous commercials.