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2015 / 08 — August issue of American Cinematographer
2015 / 08 — August issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's the August 2015 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which will feature a special focus on postproduction.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Paramount)
Robert Elswit, ASC returned to the Impossible Mission Force — having previously reported for duty on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol — to join director Christopher McQuarrie on a globe-trotting adventure that included location work in the U.K. and Morocco. In the latest installment of the blockbuster franchise, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his crack team have to take down the rogue organization known as the Syndicate. Elswit will detail the seemingly impossible odds he and his collaborators faced in bringing this high-octane story to the screen.

Ant-Man (Disney)
Russell Carpenter, ASC journeyed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe for director Peyton Reed's big-screen take on the tiny titular hero. Con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) becomes Ant-Man when he dons the greatest invention of Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas): a special suit that shrinks its wearer while simultaneously increasing his strength. Carpenter and his collaborators will detail the behind-the-scenes exploits that brought the comic-book action to life.

Terminator Genisys (Paramount)
Kramer Morgenthau, ASC teamed with director Alan Taylor to transport the Terminator franchise onto an alternate timeline, where Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke); her son, John (Jason Clarke); and Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) — along with an old-model Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) — have another shot at preventing "Judgment Day." The cinematographer will talk about combining digital cameras with anamorphic lenses in order to update the series that began in 1984 with James Cameron's The Terminator.

Southpaw (The Weinstein Co.)
Mauro Fiore, ASC stepped into the ring for director Antoine Fuqua's tale of boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal). After Billy's wife, Maureen (Rachel McAdams), is killed and his daughter is taken away by child protective services, the embattled boxer seeks redemption via a return to the ring aided by trainer Titus Wills (Forest Whitaker). Fiore will discuss the production's unique opportunities, which included collaborating with an HBO Sports crew to capture the boxing action in real time.

The August issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes spotlights Benjamin Kitchens' work behind the camera for the comedy short Myrna the Monster.
  • Production Slate offers a Q&A with cinematographer Jakob Ihre, FSF about his work on The End of the Tour, as well as an expedition behind the scenes of the miniseries Tut with director of photography Chris LaVasseur.
  • ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Steven V. Silver, who has won three Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the series Two and a Half Men. His other television credits include the series Dharma & Greg, Still Standing, The Big Bang Theory and Mom, as well as the pilot for How I Met Your Mother.