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2015 / 04 — April issue of American Cinematographer
2015 / 04 — April issue of American Cinematographer

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(Columbia Pictures)

Trent Opaloch and director Neill Blomkamp follow up their work on District 9 and Elysium with this action-packed exploration of artificial intelligence and its place alongside human consciousness. In the near future, a young scientist (Dev Patel) builds the titular robot, whose distinct "personality" and prodigious capacity for learning are seen as profound threats by an anti-A.I. crusader (Hugh Jackman). Opaloch will discuss the tools and technology he and his collaborators brought to bear for this decidedly metaphysical science-fiction spectacle.


Florian Ballhaus, ASC joined director Robert Schwentke to continue the popular Divergent series with this highly anticipated sequel, in which Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) and her comrades-in-arms must keep up their fight for freedom while facing increasingly dire odds. Ballhaus will discuss his approach to the digital shoot, most of which took place in and around Atlanta, Ga.

A Little Chaos
(Focus Features)

Ellen Kuras, ASC partnered with director/actor Alan Rickman for this period story about Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet), the landscape gardener who was tasked with realizing the grand gardens at Versailles during the reign of King Louis XIV (Rickman). Shot on stages and locations in the U.K., the film had its world premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival. In an illuminating Q&A, Kuras will detail her work behind the camera.

The Big Trail Historical

Arthur Edeson, ASC and Lucien Andriot, ASC were behind the cameras for director Raoul Walsh's innovative and epic Western, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. Shot on location in five states, the production, which was simultaneously shot in 70mm and 35mm, featured a crew of 200 and a cast of 93 speaking parts. Our in-depth historical will place the film in the context of its time while delving into the technology employed and its long-lasting impact on the industry.

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

  • Short Takes will spotlight two short films photographed by James Friend, BSC : Little Favour and Enemy of Man.
  • Production Slate will look at Sam Levy's work behind the camera on director Noah Baumbach's While We're Young. The section will also go behind the scenes of The Gunman, photographed by Flavio Labiano.
  • Filmmakers' Forum will feature cinematographer Thom Best's firsthand account of the production of the series The Pinkertons, a period Western shot on location in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • ASC Close-Up will spotlight Society member Tami Reiker, whose credits include the features Far Harbor , High Art, The Love Letter, Pieces of April, Mr. Woodcock, The Bronzer and Beyond the Lights.