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2017 / 08 — August issue of American Cinematographer
2017 / 08 — August issue of American Cinematographer

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The August 2017 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on drones.

(Warner Bros.)

Hoyte van Hoytema, ASC, FSF, NSC reteamed with director Christopher Nolan for this epic telling of the heroism and horrors witnessed during the titular World War II battle on the shores of Dunkirk, France. The filmmakers embraced a large-format approach for the project, shooting in Imax and Super Panavision 70 with Kodak motion-picture negative, and utilized a photochemical finish. The cinematographer, director and a number of their colleagues detail the production.

The Last Tycoon
(Amazon Studios)

Daniel Moder was behind the camera for all nine episodes of the series’ first season. Set in 1936 and based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the series follows motion-picture executive Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer) and his clashes with studio boss Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer) as Nazi Germany attempts to meddle with Hollywood production. Moder and showrunner Billy Ray welcomed AC to the production’s stages on The Lot in Hollywood for a firsthand look behind the scenes.

The Beguiled
(Focus Features)

Philippe Le Sourd, AFC joined director Sofia Coppola for this atmospheric Civil War-era story adapted from the novel by Thomas Cullinan. Tensions mount at a Virginia girls’ school after a wounded Union soldier is found, taken in, and grows too close for comfort to a few too many of the school’s residents. Le Sourd discusses his work on the production, which will premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

A Ghost Story

Andrew Droz Palermo teamed with director David Lowery for this time-spanning tale of love, loss, and their haunting after effects. After C (Casey Affleck) dies in a car crash, his ghost — draped in a hospital bed sheet — returns to the home he shared in life with his wife, M (Rooney Mara). Palermo and Lowery discuss how they and their collaborators grounded the supernatural story and embraced long takes and the 1.33:1 aspect ratio.

The August issue’s departments also offers illuminating insights:

The recently introduced "tips, tricks and tools of the trade” section looks at drones from a number of angles, in addition to examining certain exposure tools.

Filmmakers’ Forum takes flight with camera operator and producer Gavin Garrison, who has flown drones on the series Whale Wars.