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2015 / 09 — September issue of American Cinematographer
2015 / 09 — September issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's a look at the September 2015 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on international production.

Straight Outta Compton (Universal)
Matthew Libatique, ASC and director F. Gary Gray teamed to chart the formation, stratospheric rise and subsequent fall of the influential hip-hop group N.W.A., whose members Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) and MC Ren (Aldis Hodge) burst into the national spotlight from their hometown of Compton, Calif. Coming together in 1986, the group's lineup would go through a few iterations before infighting forced a complete disbanding in 1991. Libatique discusses working in Compton and throughout Los Angeles to re-create the group's milieu.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Warner Bros.)
John Mathieson, BSC joined director Guy Ritchie for the long-anticipated big-screen adaption of the popular 1960s television series. With the Cold War in full effect, CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) agree to work together in order to take down a shadowy organization whose actions imperil both of their countries. Mathieson details the primarily U.K.-based shoot, which employed a mix of digital cameras to capture the period intrigue and widescreen exploits.

Lost Birds (Kara Kedi Film)
Aren Perdeci co-wrote, co-directed and photographed this tale of two children from a village in Anatolia who are separated from their family in the midst of the Armenian exile of 1915. With their pet bird in hand, the brother and sister embark on a journey to reunite with their mother. Perdeci and co-writer/co-director Ela Alyamac welcomed AC to the film's digital grade at EFilm in Hollywood, where they detailed their thoughtful approach to the camerawork and lighting, much of which was achieved with practical candlelight.

Technicolor Turns 100
As Technicolor celebrates its centennial, AC offers a look at the company's past accomplishments, current endeavors and forward-looking initiatives. An array of voices, from Technicolor employees to cinematographers who have long worked with the company, paint a vivid portrait of the pioneering and ever-evolving business.

The September issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes offers a behind-the-scenes look at director-cinematographer TJ Derry's use of the recently introduced AJA Cion digital camera for a number of commercial productions.
  • Production Slate investigates two recent documentaries: Cartel Land, directed by Matthew Heineman and shot by Heineman and Matt Porwoll, and director Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence, photographed by Lars Skree.
  • Filmmakers' Forum presents a dialogue between Frederic Goodich, ASC and Peter Flinckenberg, FSC about the latter's work on the feature Concrete Night, which was honored with this year's ASC Spotlight Award.
  • ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Lex duPont, whose credits include episodes of the series NYPD Blue, Lincoln Heights, Raines, Saving Grace, Private Practice and The Night Shift.