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2016 / 11 — November issue of American Cinematographer

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Here’s the November 2016 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on creative collaborations.

Mr. Robot (USA Network)
Tod Campbell joined this smash-hit series for its first season and remained with the production for season two. The series follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), who was a cyber-security engineer when he was recruited by the titular Mr. Robot (Christian Slater), the enigmatic leader of an underground hacking group. Season two finds Alderson off the grid after hacking his corporate employer, but trouble seems certain to find him. Campbell discusses the particulars of the series’ signature style.

The Birth of a Nation
(Fox Searchlight)
Elliot Davis was behind the camera for the hit of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Shot in Georgia, the production was directed by Nate Parker, who also stars as Nat Turner, the real-life slave who fomented an uprising in Virginia in 1831. Davis details the behind-the-scenes work that went into re-creating the harrowing events of the rebellion, as well as the brutal existence that pushed Turner to take up arms.

The Accountant
(Warner Bros.)
Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC partnered with director Gavin O’Connor for this action-thriller about Chris Wolff (Ben Affleck), a math savant and freelance accountant whose clients include criminal organizations. As Treasury agent Ray King (J.K. Simmons) stalks Wolff’s trail, the stakes — and body count — grow ever higher. McGarvey relates his experiences on the production, which shot in and around Atlanta, Ga.

A Monster Calls
(Focus Features)
Óscar Faura teamed with director J.A. Bayona for this big-screen adaptation of Patrick Ness’ novel of the same name, in which young Connor (Lewis MacDougal) grapples with being bullied at school while his mother (Felicity Jones) grows ever more ill at home. To help Connor make sense of it all, the titular monster (Liam Neeson) visits when the clock turns to 12:07. Faura discusses the techniques employed behind the scenes of this emotionally charged and magic-infused coming-of-age tale.

The November issue’s departments also offers illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes presents cinematographer Michael Wylam’s first-person account of shooting Lorne on location in Victoria, Australia.
  • Production Slate goes behind the scenes of the series Ash vs Evil Dead, shot by John Cavill and Dave Garbett. This section also spotlights the collaboration between cinematographer Hagen Bogdanski and 2nd-unit director/cinematographer Ralph Kachele on the series Berlin Station.
  • Filmmakers’ Forum presents director of photography Steve Robertsexperiences working with the nonprofit organization Films by Youth Inside to create a short film made by the youth of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
  • ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Mandy Walker, whose credits include the features Shattered Glass, Australia, Beastly, Red Riding Hood, Tracks, Truth and Jane Got a Gun.