The Good Shepherd
Robert Richardson, ASC teamed with actor-director Robert De Niro on this hard-hitting drama, which traces the early history of the Central Intelligence Agency through the eyes of young recruit Edward Wilson (played by Matt Damon).
Dean Semler, ASC, ACS teamed with controversial director Mel Gibson on the filmmaker's first motion picture since the 2004 box-office sensation The Passion of the Christ. An ambitious epic set during the decline of the Mayan civilization, Apocalypto was shot in Mexico with Panavision's new high-definition Genesis camera.
Guillermo Navarro, ASC was behind the camera on this inventive fantasy-drama from Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (Cronos, The Devil's Backbone, Hellboy). Navarro discussed the different styles he fashioned for both the real-world and fantasy scenes, which he and Del Toro successfully blend into a striking visual experience.
Antonio Calvache continued his collaboration with Academy Award-nominated director Todd Field (In the Bedroom) on this affecting suburban drama, which concerns a group of young married couples whose lives intersect in surprising and potentially dangerous ways. Calvache's stylish, moody photography lends the film an unsettling edge that sets up the story's emotionally powerful climax.
ASC Lifetime Achievement Award
Allen Daviau, ASC received the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award at the 21th Annual ASC Awards ceremony. In addition to earning five Academy Award nominations — for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The Color Purple (1985), Empire of the Sun (1987), Avalon (1990) and Bugsy (1991) — he has collected two ASC Awards (for Empire of the Sun and Bugsy) and one ASC nomination (for Avalon). His other credits include The Falcon and the Snowman, Defending Your Life, Fearless and Van Helsing. David E. Williams will pen a comprehensive overview of Daviau's life and work.
The January issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:
DVD Playback reviews a trio of classic noir films: Double Indemnity (1944), shot by John F. Seitz, ASC; Body Heat (1981), shot by Richard H. Kline, ASC; and Body Double (1984), shot by Stephen H. Burum, ASC.
Production Slate presents pieces on The Curse of the Golden Flower, an epic romantic adventure shot in China by Xiaoding Zhao, and Factory Girl, an edgy biopic about Andy Warhol acolyte Edie Sedgwick shot by Michael Grady.
Post Focus offers a profile of postproduction expert Emory Cohen, who recently earned the Outstanding Contribution to Advancing Postproduction Award at the first annual HPA Awards ceremony, held on Nov. 1. in Hollywood. We will also explore the grading of the controversial film Death of a President, a fictional film that utilizes footage in many formats to create a documentary feel.