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2016 / 09 — September issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's the September 2016 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on international production.

Pete's Dragon (Disney)
Bojan Bazelli, ASC was behind the camera for director David Lowery's reimagining of this tale of friendship between a boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) and a dragon named Elliot. The two have survived for years in the forest, but their lives are upended after they're discovered by park ranger Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) and her father (Robert Redford). Bazelli details his approach to this heartfelt adventure, which was shot on location in New Zealand.

Tulip Fever (The Weinstein Co.)
Eigil Bryld channeled the master painters of the Dutch Golden Age for this fictional account set against the backdrop of the real-life tulip mania that swept the region in the 17th century. In the movie, a young artist (Dane DeHaan) falls in love with a woman (Alicia Vikander) whose husband (Christoph Waltz) has commissioned him to paint her portrait. Bryld discusses his collaboration with director Justin Chadwick for the U.K.-based production.

Kubo and the Two Strings (Focus Features)
Frank Passingham served as director of photography for the latest stop-motion feature from animation studio Laika Entertainment. Directed by Laika President and CEO Travis Knight, the movie tells the story of the titular Kubo, who is thrust into an adventure involving gods, monsters and an age-old vendetta. AC visited Passingham and Knight on the production's stages in Vancouver, where they were hard at work alongside a team of artist-collaborators and fellow stop-motion experts.

ASC International Cinematography Summit
AC offers a recap of this unique four-day event, which was presented by the American Society of Cinematographers and attended by more than 50 directors of photography representing cinematography organizations from around the world. Meeting at the ASC Clubhouse in Hollywood — with daily trips to other venues throughout Los Angeles — the participants discussed professional and technological issues and worked to define how cinematographers can best maintain the quality and artistic integrity of the images they create.

The September issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes analyzes the myriad techniques that cinematographer Johannes Louis brought to bear for the short film Berlin Metanoia.

    Production Slate offers a bird's-eye view of cinematographer Simon Niblett's work on the documentary The Eagle Huntress, which was shot in Mongolia and earned raves at this year's Sundance Film Festival. This section also goes behind the scenes of the Australia/Vanuatu co-production Tanna, which Bentley Dean shot and co-directed on the South Pacific island of the same name.

    Filmmakers' Forum presents cinematographer Raoul Germain's account of shooting the narrative feature Yegna on location in Ethiopia.

    ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Vanja Černjul, who won an ASC Award earlier this year for his work on the series Marco Polo, and who was previously nominated for his work on the series Bored to Death. His credits also include the series 30 Rock, Nurse Jackie and Orange is the New Black, as well as the features Wristcutters: A Love Story, Violet & Daisy, The English Teacher and Adult Beginners.