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2017 / 05 — May issue of American Cinematographer
2017 / 05 — May issue of American Cinematographer

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The May 2017 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on optics and a pictorial recap of this year’s ASC Awards.

Ghost in the Shell

Jess Hall, BSC paired Panavision Sphero 65 lenses with Arri’s Alexa 65 large-format digital camera for this live-action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series. In the story, cyborg policewoman The Major (Scarlett Johansson) pursues nefarious terrorist Kuze (Michael Pitt), who in turn confronts The Major with memories of her pre-cyborg past. Hall details his collaboration with the feature’s director, Rupert Sanders, and elaborates on the behind-the-scenes techniques that were employed to evoke an anime feel with the live-action photography.

The Lost City of Z
(Amazon Studios, Bleecker Street)

Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC reteamed with director and longtime collaborator James Gray for this big-screen adaptation of the nonfiction book by David Grann. In the feature, Charlie Hunnam stars as British explorer Percy Fawcett, who became utterly obsessed with finding the eponymous lost city deep within the Amazon Jungle. Khondji discusses his ongoing work with Gray — who also wrote the screenplay — and the techniques they brought to bear to capture the 1920s period while shooting on location in Ireland and Colombia.

The Promise
(Open Road Films)

Javier Aguirresarobe, ASC, AEC welcomed AC correspondent Fred Schruers to the set in the city of Figueres, in Spain, for a firsthand look at the making of this historical epic directed by Terry George and set during the final days of the Ottoman Empire and the onset of the Armenian Genocide. The story revolves around a love triangle between Armenian medical student Michael (Oscar Isaac); the sophisticated Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), an Armenian raised in Paris; and American journalist Chris (Christian Bale). Aguirresarobe and his collaborators offer their insights into the production.

Practical Optics: Part II

Continuing his introductory series of articles centered on the theme of optics, AC senior European correspondent Benjamin B tackles the topic of pixels and millimeters, offering readers a close-up look at the relationship between resolution, sensor size and dynamic range.

ASC Awards Photo Spread

Our annual recap of the ASC Awards offers 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 also highlights the achievements of all ASC Award honorees and nominees, including lifetime-achievement honoree Edward Lachman, ASC and theatrical-release nominees Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS (Lion); James Laxton (Moonlight); Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC (Silence); Linus Sandgren, FSF (La La Land); and Bradford Young, ASC (Arrival).

The May issue’s departments also offer illuminating insights:

Short Takes shines a light on cinematographer Nausheen Dadabhoy’s work on the Oscar-nominated short La Femme et le TGV.

Production Slate checks in with cinematographer Gale Tattersall, who welcomed AC to the set of the Netflix series Grace & Frankie. This section also examines Luca Bigazzi’s work behind the camera for the HBO series The Young Pope.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member John C. Flinn III, a past recipient of the ASC Career Achievement in Television Award whose credits include episodes of the series Hill Street Blues; Magnum, P.I.; Jake and the Fatman; Babylon 5; Gilmore Girls; Saving Grace; and Jane the Virgin.