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2016 / 08 — August issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's the August 2016 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on digital color correction.

Star Trek Beyond (Paramount)
Stephen F. Windon, ASC, ACS and director Justin Lin — regular collaborators on the Fast & Furious franchise — stepped aboard the USS Enterprise to help propel Starfleet's finest farther into the final frontier than ever before. After the Enterprise is destroyed beyond the fringes of Federation space, Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and the rest of the crew must fend for themselves on an unknown planet with no apparent hope for escape. Windon details the globetrotting work that went into the production, which marks the 13th film in the Star Trek series and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the beloved franchise.

Jason Bourne (Universal)
Barry Ackroyd, BSC reteamed with director Paul Greengrass for the latter's return to the popular Bourne series. The title character (portrayed by Matt Damon) has been off the grid for years, but following a large-scale hack of government data, circumstances prompt him to re-emerge from the shadows and leap headlong back into the fight, with the stakes higher than ever, enemies on all sides and allies scarce. Ackroyd goes into detail about shooting the action-packed feature on location in Spain, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S.

The BFG (Disney)
Janusz Kaminski continued his long-running collaboration with director Steven Spielberg for this big-screen adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel about a girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) and the eponymous Big Friendly Giant (Mark Rylance) she befriends. Together, Sophie and the BFG embark on a journey to stop the evil giants who threaten humankind. Kaminski speaks to the unique challenges of the production, the integration of visual effects, and his ongoing collaboration with Michael Hatzer, supervising digital colorist at Technicolor.

Swiss Army Man (A24)
Larkin Seiple teamed with directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert — a.k.a. the Daniels — for this genre- and expectation-defying tale of self-acceptance. Paul Dano stars as Hank, who finds himself stranded on an island with a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe), who just might have some life left in him yet — not to mention an array of bizarre abilities powered by otherwise embarrassing bodily functions. AC spoke with Seiple, the Daniels, production designer Jason Kisvarday and colorist Sofie Friis Borup about this wholly original production, which had its premier at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

The August issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes details the making of the short thriller Jessica, photographed by Tobias Marshall.
  • Production Slate goes behind the scenes of the dystopian love story Equals, shot by John Guleserian, as well as the period, based-in-fact crime story The Infiltrator, shot by Joshua Reis.
  • ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Lisa Wiegand, whose credits include the television series Dollhouse, Detroit 1-8-7, Necessary Roughness, Wedding Band, Chicago Fire and American Crime.