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2017 / 10 — October issue of American Cinematographer
2017 / 10 — October issue of American Cinematographer

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The October 2017 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on lighting tools and techniques.

(Amazon Studios)

Edward Lachman, ASC — the recipient of the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award this past February — mixed color and black-and-white motion-picture film stocks with digital acquisition for this decades-spanning story from director Todd Haynes. Brian Selznick wrote the screenplay based on his own book, which tells the parallel tales of a young boy in the Midwest and a young girl in New York, separated by geography as well as 50 years but who nevertheless share a mysterious connection.

(New Line Cinema)

Chung-hoon Chung joined director Andrés Muschietti for this big-screen retelling of author Stephen King’s classic horror yarn about the titular evil being that adopts various guises — including, famously, Pennywise the Dancing Clown (portrayed here by Bill Skarsgård) — in the act of terrorizing its prey. The filmmakers shot in and around Toronto, where they welcomed AC to the set for a firsthand look at the production.

Manhunt: Unabomber
(Discovery Channel)

Zack Galler and director Greg Yaitanes collaborated on all eight episodes of this Discovery Channel scripted series, which is based on the real-life manhunt for the notorious Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski (Paul Bettany). The production invited AC to the set in Atlanta, Ga., enabling a close examination of the making of the series, which also stars Sam Worthington as FBI profiler Jim Fitzgerald.


Alasdair Walker inherited first-unit cinematography duties from Stephen McNutt, ASC, CSC for the third season of this popular series based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon. The story follows World War II nurse Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe) who finds herself mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. AC’s coverage of the time-traveling romantic drama includes interviews with Walker, McNutt and production designer Jon Gary Steele.

The October issue’s departments also offers illuminating insights:

Shot Craft presents “light fixture 101,” complemented with a look inside a cinematographer’s meter case, instructions for DIY lighting tools, and more.

Short Takes goes behind the scenes of cinematographer John Connor’s work on the music video for Big Boi’s “Kill Jill.