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2015 / 10 — October issue of American Cinematographer
2015 / 10 — October issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's a look at the October 2015 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on lighting tools and techniques.

Sicario (Lionsgate)
Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC reteamed with director Denis Villeneuve for this unflinching thriller about the war on drugs and the moral ambiguity that clouds an elite task force's actions. FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) is enlisted to join that task force after she and her partner, Reggie (Daniel Kaluuya) uncover a house that's been used to hide a cartel's atrocities. Deakins discusses his ongoing collaboration with Villeneuve, his use of Arri's Alexa digital camera, and shooting on stages and locations in and around Albuquerque, N.M.

Everest (Universal)
Salvatore Totino, ASC, AIC journeyed to Nepal, Italy and the U.K. for director Baltasar Kormákur's big-screen adaptation of a real-life story of triumph, tragedy, and the indomitable human spirit. After reaching the summit of Mount Everest, a band of climbers face an even deadlier challenge when a brutal storm interrupts their descent. Totino details how he and the entire cast and crew strove to lend the film an absolute air of authenticity.

Black Mass (Warner Bros.)
Masanobu Takayanagi partnered with director Scott Cooper to tell the true story of Whitey Bulger (played by Johnny Depp), a notorious and brutally violent criminal who turned informant for the FBI when a Mafia family threatened his turf in South Boston. The production shot in and around Boston, Mass., and Takayanagi discuss working on location and shooting on 35mm film with Panavision anamorphic lenses.

99 Homes and Time Out of Mind (Broad Green Pictures and IFC Films)
Bobby Bukowski was behind the camera for director Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes and director Oren Moverman's Time Out of Mind. In the former, Andrew Garfield stars as Dennis Nash, whose moral compass can no longer find magnetic north after he and his family lose their home in a foreclosure; in the latter, Richard Gere portrays an out-of-luck homeless man who's desperate to reconnect with his daughter (Jena Malone). Bukowski details his work on both features, which were shot in New Orleans and New York, respectively.

The October issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes shines a light on the dark genre film Chimeras, photographed by Carlo Rinaldi, AIC.
  • Production Slate explores John Bailey, ASC's latest collaboration with director Ken Kwapis, A Walk in the Woods. This section also jumps into the fray with Tim Palmer, BSC who recently completed the first season of the British TV series Critical.
  • ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Jan Kiesser, whose credits include the features Purple Hearts, The River Rat, Fright Night (1985), Some Kind of Wonderful, Dr. T and the Women, Now and Forever and the upcoming Numb.