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2017 / 04 — April issue of American Cinematographer
2017 / 04 — April issue of American Cinematographer

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The April 2017 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on television production.


Bill Pope, ASC shot the pilot and then John Grillo took the reins for this popular — and long-anticipated — series based on the Vertigo comic book created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. The series follows small-town preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), who enlists vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) on his quest to find God. Pope and Grillo each discuss their work on the show, which shoots in New Mexico and will soon begin its second season.

Chicago Justice

Lisa Wiegand, ASC was behind the camera for this fourth entry in producer Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise; the cinematographer had previously shot the related series Chicago Fire. This new series follows a team of prosecutors and investigators working for the State’s Attorney as they navigate city politics and modern media in their pursuit of justice. Wiegand details her work on the show, its relation to the rest of the franchise, and the logistics of working on location in Chicago.

(History Channel)

Armando Salas and David Klein, ASC shared cinematography duties on this ambitious series, which follows members of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six as they embark on a mission to rescue one of their former members, Rip Taggart (Walton Goggins), who has been taken captive by terrorists. Salas and Klein each offer their perspectives on crafting the production’s visuals.

Iron Fist

Manuel Billeter follows his work on the series Jessica Jones and Luke Cage with this latest entry in Marvel’s live-action canon. Iron Fist follows the mystical martial-arts exploits of its eponymous hero, a.k.a. Danny Rand (Finn Jones). Billeter welcomed AC to the series’ Brooklyn stages for a behind-the-scenes look at the production, and he shares his insights on how the series complements and connects with his previous Marvel projects.

The April issue’s departments also offers illuminating insights:

Short Takes spotlights Hux, written and directed by Mageina Tovah — who also stars — and photographed by Charlie Lieberman, ASC.

Production Slate follows cinematographer Yaron Orbach’s work on the Hulu series The Path, and steps between the frames of the stop-motion-animated series Buddy Thunderstruck, which features the work of cinematographer Aaron Wise.

Post Focus details CBS Digital’s visual-effects work for the Fox series The Last Man on Earth, the latest season of which was shot by Carl Herse.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Ernie Holzman, whose credits include the features Humboldt County, Coming & Going and Wedding Palace, and the series Thirtysomething, My So-Called Life, Miracles, Without a Trace and Huge.