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2006 / 09 — September Issue of American Cinematographer
2006 / 09 — September Issue of American Cinematographer


 
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The Black Dahlia Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC reteamed with director Brian DePalma for the fourth time on this stylish film-noir drama set in 1940s Los Angeles. Production designer Dante Ferretti, gaffer Nimi Getter and colorist Mike Sowa also provide input on the project.

The Illusionist Accomplished British cinematographer Dick Pope, BSC (Vera Drake, Topsy-Turvy) traveled to the Czech Republic to shoot this costume drama set in turn-of-the-century Vienna, which concerns a magician (Edward Norton) who vies with Crown Prince Leopold (Rufus Sewell) for the affections of a princess (Jessica Biel). In a piece penned by New York correspondent Pat Thomson, Pope will detail his stylized approach to the film's visuals, including his use of modern methods to achieve an evocative period look.

Pathfinder Daniel Pearl, ASC (director of photography on the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre) was behind the camera on this Vancouver-based production.

Special Report: Digital Printer Lights

In this thoughtful and valuable "thinkpiece," Richard Crudo, ASC will address the need for a reliable, repeatable image-control system in the digital age. Addressing a primary concern of modern cinematographers, Crudo will outline traditional color-timing methods and explore the possible alternatives for accurately calibrating images throughout a digital workflow.

The September issue's departments will also offer illuminating insights:

  • DVD Playback will review a selection of memorable films shot entirely or partially in foreign lands: Syriana (2005), shot by Robert Elswit, ASC; Six Moral Tales (1963-72), shot by Néstor Almendros, ASC, Bruno Barbey, Daniel Lacambre and Jean-Michel Meurice; and Elevator to the Gallows (1958), shot by Henri Decaë.
  • Production Slate will include coverage of The Wicker Man, a remake of the 1973 cult thriller shot by Paul Sarossy, CSC, and The Descent, an adrenalin-packed horror thriller shot by Sam McCurdy.
  • Points East will present an interview with cinematographer Russell Lee Fine about his work on Sherrybaby, a drama shot on location in New Jersey.
  • Short Takes will present coverage of several intriguing short films that will air on Turner Classic Movies' September program Behind the Camera: The Shorts Circuit.
  • Filmmakers' Forum will present a piece by Paris correspondent Benjamin B about his recent trip to the Bangkok Film Festival.