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2015 / 05 — May issue of American Cinematographer
2015 / 05 — May issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's an advance look at the May 2015 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which will feature a special focus on digital cameras, along with a recap of this year's ASC and Academy Sci-Tech Awards.

Ex Machina (A24)

Rob Hardy, BSC was behind the camera for writer/director Alex Garland's slow-burn sci-fi thriller about the dawn of artificial intelligence. Oscar Isaac stars as Nathan, a reclusive tech billionaire who invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), one of his company's best programmers, to spend a week at his home laboratory, where he unveils his latest A.I., Ava (Alicia Vikander). Ava, in turn, causes Caleb to question Nathan's motives and apparent largesse - and even his own reality. Hardy will detail his approach to the digital shoot, which included stage builds at Pinewood Studios and location work in Norway.

Furious 7 (Universal)

Stephen F. Windon, ACS and Marc Spicer shared cinematography duties on director James Wan's first foray into the Fast & Furious franchise. The story finds its ensemble of misfit heroes - led by O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Toretto (Vin Diesel) - right where Fast & Furious 6 left off, with the introduction of a new threat to their "family" in the form of Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). High-speed chases then propel the action toward spectacular extremes. The cinematographers will offer their insights into the tools and tricks they and their collaborators employed to support Wan's high-stakes and high-octane vision for the story.

Daredevil (Netflix)

Matthew J. Lloyd, CSC ventured into Marvel's live-action universe with the studio's first series made for online distribution via Netflix. In the series, blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) defends the public good in the courtroom by day, then haunts New York's shadows by night as the titular vigilante, hunting those criminals the law otherwise can't bring down. Lloyd will take readers behind the scenes to reveal how he and his collaborators are realizing the super-heroic exploits of "the man without fear."

Academy Sci-Tech Awards

AC will salute the recipients of this year's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Awards, which were presented on Feb. 7 during a gala event in Beverly Hills.

ASC Award Winners and Nominees

Our annual recap of the ASC Awards weekend will offer readers a pictorial walkthrough of the Open House at the Society's Clubhouse in Hollywood as well as all of the activity surrounding the awards gala itself. This section will also highlight the ASC Award honorees and nominees, including lifetime-achievement honoree John Bailey, ASC and theatrical-release nominees Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (Unbroken), Óscar Faura (The Imitation Game), Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (Birdman), Dick Pope, BSC (Mr. Turner) and Robert Yeoman, ASC (The Grand Budapest Hotel).

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

  • Short Takes will investigate the making of the short film Puzzled, photographed by Oliver Kember.
  • Production Slate will look at cinematographer David Lanzenberg's work on The Age of Adaline. This section will also detail the work of cinematographers Brad Ohlund and Howard Hall on the large-format documentary Humpback Whales.
  • ASC Close-Up will spotlight Society member Jon Joffin, whose credits include the miniseries The Andromeda Strain and Alice, the feature Daydream Nation, and episodes of the series The X-Files, Crusoe and Rush.