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2015 / 06 — June issue of American Cinematographer
2015 / 06 — June issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's the June 2015 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on the first wave of summer blockbusters.

Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros.)

John Seale, ASC, ACS put the proverbial pedal to the metal for director George Miller's return to the post-apocalyptic Mad Max franchise. The bombastic reboot puts Tom Hardy in the driver's seat as the road warrior Max, who finds common ground with Furiosa (Charlize Theron) in their fight to survive in a barren, lawless and decidedly volatile desert. Seale will detail the production, which employed locations in Australia, South Africa and Namibia to create its futuristic, war-torn wasteland.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Disney)

Ben Davis, BSC follows up his work on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy with the hotly anticipated superhero sequel to 2012's The Avengers. Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and their fellow Avengers have to save the world from its biggest threat to date when the Ultron project, the brainchild of teammate Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), goes horribly awry. Davis will discuss the techniques he brought to bear in his collaboration with writer/director Joss Whedon.

Tomorrowland (Disney)

Claudio Miranda, ASC was behind the camera to help envision the eponymous locale where humankind's best and brightest have joined together to shape a better world. Directed by Brad Bird, the sci-fi fantasy follows Casey (Britt Robertson), a troubled teen who inventor Frank Walker (George Clooney) thinks could be the key to saving the future. Miranda, who shot the feature with Sony CineAlta F65 and F55 cameras, will offer a behind-the-scenes tour of the complex production.

Eden (Broad Green Pictures)

Denis Lenoir, ASC, AFC joined director Mia Hansen-Løve for this fictionalized tour through France's electronic dance music scene of the 1990s. The story focuses on Paul (Félix de Givry), a DJ who finds that success brings with it an increasing weight of complications. Lenoir will talk about working with digital cameras and shooting on location to capture the feature's authentic period milieu.

ASC Technology Committee report

The ASC Technology Committee's tireless work on the ASC CDL led to the technology's widespread adoption and the "triple crown" of accolades: a Primetime Emmy Engineering Award, an Academy Award for Technical Achievement, and an HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. As it continues to encourage cinematographer-led technology initiatives, the Committee holds high the ASC founders' interest in the technical concerns of the overall motion-picture industry.

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

  • Short Takes will turn its lens on Liam Saint-Pierre's documentary The Way of the Dodo, an ode to film and one particular gentleman who continues to embrace it.
  • Production Slate will look at Jeff Jur, ASC's work on the HBO biopic Bessie, as well as Charlotte Bruus Christensen's cinematography for the period adaptation Far From the Madding Crowd.
  • ASC Close-Up will spotlight Society member Mauro Fiore, who received an Oscar for his work on the feature Avatar. The cinematographer's other credits include Training Day, The Island, Smokin' Aces, The Kingdom, The A-Team, Real Steel, The Equalizer and the upcoming Southpaw.