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2017 / 07 — July issue of American Cinematographer
2017 / 07 — July issue of American Cinematographer

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The July 2017 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special gear spotlight.

Wonder Woman
(Warner Bros.)

Matthew Jensen, ASC teamed with director Patty Jenkins to bring to life the comic-book adventures of the eponymous hero (played by Gal Gadot). Born on the island of Themyscira as Diana, princess of the Amazons, she dons the mantle of Wonder Woman after an encounter with American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) draws her into a world at war. Jensen and his collaborators detail their mix of digital and film formats for the period production, which shot primarily in the U.K. and Italy.

Better Call Saul
(AMC, Sony Pictures Television)

Marshall Adams, ASC stepped behind the camera for the third season of the popular series about titular lawyer Saul Goodman, aka Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk). Created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, the show is a spin-off of — and prequel to — the series Breaking Bad, in which Goodman was first introduced. Adams, Gilligan and Gould all discuss the production, which shoots in and around Albuquerque, N.M.

Lady Macbeth
(Roadside Attractions)

Ari Wegner joined director William Oldroyd for this adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s novel Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. In the feature, Katherine (Florence Pugh) endures a loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age — until she embarks on a passionate affair that unleashes a powerful force within her. Wegner shares her approach to the period movie, which is set in rural England in 1865.

The Bad Batch
(Annapurna, Neon)

Lyle Vincent reteamed with director Ana Lily Amirpour — following their acclaimed collaboration on A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — for this dystopian love story set in a community of cannibals. Vincent offers his insights into the feature’s ultra-stylized widescreen dreamscape.

(National Geographic Channel)

Mathias Herndl was behind the camera for this 10-episode series about Albert Einstein, from his early days spent working as a patent clerk (during which he’s portrayed by Johnny Flynn) to his later, groundbreaking work as a physicist (when he’s played by Geoffrey Rush). Herndl discusses the techniques brought to bear in adapting Walter Isaacson’s biography of Einstein for television.

The July issue’s departments also offer illuminating insights:

Short Takes pulls back the curtain on Opera of Cruelty, a short-form project photographed Oren Soffer.

A new “Tools and Techniques”section takes a look at DSLR and cine-style lenses, spotlight a number of cinematographers’ favorite pieces of gear, and offers a pair of tricks of the trade.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Johnny E. Jensen, whose credits include the features Rambling Rose, Benefit of the Doubt, Grumpy Old Men, Angie, Three Wishes, Rosewood, The Ladies Man, The Game of their Lives and Material Girls; and the series Dragnet (2003) and Heartland.