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2015 / 12 — December issue of American Cinematographer
2015 / 12 — December issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's the December 2015 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which featuresa a special focus on holiday-season releases.

The Hateful Eight (The Weinstein Co.)
Robert Richardson, ASC and director Quentin Tarantino reteamed for this Western about a group of hard-bitten bounty hunters who are forced into close quarters while trying to ride out a brutal blizzard. To give the story a suitably epic canvas, the filmmakers — who welcomed AC to the set — worked closely with Panavision to revive the Ultra Panavision 70 format. Our coverage also includes a sidebar about the history of Ultra Panavision 70.

Carol (The Weinstein Co.)
Ed Lachman, ASC and director Todd Haynes continued their long-running collaboration with this 1950s-set drama, in which Therese (Rooney Mara), a department-store clerk dissatisfied in both her work and her relationships, falls for the elegant — and unhappily married — Carol (Cate Blanchett). Lachman details his approach to the film, which was shot in and around Cincinnati, Ohio, on Super 16mm film.

The 33 (Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros.)
Checco Varese, ASC joined his wife, director Patricia Riggen, to tell the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days after their mine collapsed. The production shot in Copiapó, Chile — the site of the real-life collapse — as well as inside mines in Colombia. Varese discusses his approach to both the above- and below-ground locations.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (Lionsgate)
Jo Willems, ASC, SBC returns to Panem to conclude the wildly popular Hunger Games series, which stars Jennifer Lawrence as revolutionary Katniss Everdeen. Willems and director Francis Lawrence have been with the franchise since its second installment, Catching Fire. The cinematographer speaks to the evolution of the series and his collaboration with Lawrence while also detailing his technical approach to the story's final chapter.

The December issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes spotlights the winners of the 2015 ASC Gordon Willis Heritage Award.
  • Production Slate offers a close look at Christian Berger, AAC's work on the relationship drama By the Sea, directed by and starring Angelina Jolie. This section also steps into the ring with Maryse Alberti, who was behind the camera for the boxing drama Creed, director Ryan Coogler's continuation of the Rocky franchise.
  • ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Tom Hurwitz, whose credits include the documentaries The Killing of America, Lillian Gish, Down and Out in America, Wild Man Blues, Our Brand is Crisis, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib, Valentino: The Last Emperor, Koch and Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles.