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2016 / 05 — May issue of American Cinematographer
2016 / 05 — May issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's a look at the April 2016 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on television production along with a recap of this year's ASC Awards.

The Jungle Book (Disney)

Bill Pope, ASC worked in concert with visual-effects supervisor Rob Legato, ASC to realize director Jon Favreau's ambitious interpretation of this beloved story. The filmmakers combined on-set photography with motion capture, performance capture and an array of groundbreaking visual effects, resulting in a stunningly photo-real cast of animal characters that seamlessly interacts with the human boy Mowgli (Neel Sethi).

Demolition (Fox Searchlight)

Yves Bélanger, CSC reteamed with his Dallas Buyers Club and Wild director, Jean-Marc Vallée, for this drama about Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), who struggles to make sense of the broken pieces of his life after his wife is killed in a car accident. Bélanger will talk about his continuing collaboration with Vallée and how they brought their naturalistic sensibilities to this story.

Containment (The CW)

William Wages, ASC and John Smith split cinematography duties for the 12 episodes of the first season after Nelson Cragg photographed the pilot episode. Shot in Atlanta with Panasonic VariCam 35 cameras, the series depicts an epidemic that prompts a mass quarantine.

Hap and Leonard (Sundance Channel)

Ryan Samul was cinematographer for this six-episode series set in the fictional town of LaBorde, Texas. Shot in and around Baton Rouge, La., the show is based on a series of novels by Joe R. Lansdale, with the title characters being played by James Purefoy and Michael K. Williams, respectively.

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 achievements of all ASC Award honorees and nominees, including lifetime-achievement honoree John Toll, ASC and theatrical-release nominees Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC (Sicario), Janusz Kaminski (Bridge of Spies), Ed Lachman, ASC (Carol), Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (The Revenant) and John Seale, ASC, ACS (Mad Max: Fury Road).

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

  • Short Takes will spotlight the Oscar-nominated short Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut), directed by Patrick Vollrath and photographed by Sebastian Thaler.
  • Production Slate will get up close and personal with the first-person point-of-view film Hardcore Henry, for which Pasha Kapinos, Vsevolod Kaptur and Fedor Lyass shared cinematography duties. This section will also go behind the scenes of Too Late, which comprises five 20-minute takes and was shot by Bill Fernandez.
  • ASC Close-Up will spotlight Society member David Klein, whose credits include the features Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Good Time Max and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and the series True Blood and Homeland.