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2017 / 06 — June issue of American Cinematographer
2017 / 06 — June issue of American Cinematographer

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The June 2017 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on summer blockbusters.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Henry Braham, BSC joined returning director James Gunn for the continuing exploits of the titular team of intergalactic heroes, including Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). The cinematographer and his colleagues detail the Atlanta-based shoot, which employed Red’s Weapon 8K VV camera.

Alien: Covenant
(20th Century Fox)

Dariusz Wolski, ASC reteamed with director Ridley Scott for the latest chapter in the Alien saga, and the direct sequel to 2012’s Prometheus. In the feature, the colony ship Covenant arrives at the far side of the galaxy and touches down on a remote, uncharted planet; what appears at first to be a paradise, however, soon reveals horrors beyond the crew’s imagining. Wolski and Scott discuss their work on the movie as well as the ongoing evolution of their collaboration.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Paul Cameron, ASC climbed aboard for this fifth installment in the Pirates franchise, which this time finds Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in a desperate and madcap search for Poseidon’s trident. With co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg at the helm, the feature found Cameron pulling out all the stops for the Australia-based shoot. The cinematographer and his cohorts detail the tools, tricks and techniques employed for the high-seas adventure.

The Handmaid’s Tale

Colin Watkinson was behind the camera for this 10-episode series based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. Directed by Reed Morano, ASC and Mike Barker, the dystopian series is set against the backdrop of a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship and follows Offred (Elisabeth Moss) as she’s forced to be a concubine assigned to “the Commander” (Joseph Fiennes). The filmmakers welcomed AC to the set for a firsthand look at the production.

The June issue’s departments also offers illuminating insights:

Short Takes goes behind the scenes of The Back of My Mind, photographed by Federico Cantini.

Production Slate pays a visit to the set of director Doug Liman’s The Wall, shot by Roman Vasyanov, RGC. This section also details cinematographer Ed Wu’s approach to the low-budget feature Sleight.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Steven Bernstein, whose credits include the features Kicking and Screaming (1995), Murder at 1600, The Waterboy and Monster; he also wrote and directed the features Decoding Annie Parker and Dominion (2016).