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2007 / 05 — May Issue of American Cinematographer
2007 / 05 — May Issue of American Cinematographer

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Spider-Man 3

Bill Pope, ASC swings back into action with director Sam Raimi's third installment of the hugely popular superhero franchise, which once again stars Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and his crime-fighting alter ego, Spider-Man. This time around, a strange entity from another world bonds with Parker, forcing him to confront a new kind of inner turmoil during his web-slinging adventures. Pope will detail his complex integration of live-action footage with CG effects, as well as his post work at Thomson's new Technicolor digital-intermediate facility, which recently opened its doors on the Sony lot.

28 Weeks Later

Enrique Chediak teamed with promising Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto) on this sequel to Danny Boyle's 2002 horror thriller 28 Days Later. Set six months after the action of the first film, 28 Weeks begins with the U.S. Army restoring order in Britain after the suppression of the Rage virus, which turned the country's populace into a mob of undead, flesh-eating creatures. The crisis is reignited, however, when a carrier of the virus enters London and unwittingly spreads the deadly infection. Chediak will detail his efforts to create onscreen havoc in one of the planet's busiest cities.


This hit TV series, which follows the teenage years of Clark Kent (a.k.a. Superman), is shot by two members of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, Glen Winter and David Moxness. The show's visual effects are supervised by Mat Beck, ASC, who recently took a turn in the director's chair. All three will offer their perspectives on the show, which recently earned Moxness an ASC Award for his work on the episode "Arrow."

ASC/Academy Award winners and nominees

In our annual salute to the year's best cinematography, we will acknowledge the accomplishments of all the directors of photography who were honored at this year's ASC and Academy Award ceremonies: Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, AMC (Children of Men); Guillermo Navarro, ASC (Pan's Labyrinth); Dick Pope, BSC (The Illusionist); Wally Pfister, ASC (The Prestige); Robert Richardson, ASC (The Good Shepherd); Dean Semler, ASC, ACS (Apocalypto); and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC (The Black Dahlia).

Academy Scientific & Technical Awards

We will present a full recap of this year's ingenious honorees, whose technical contributions to filmmaking were feted on February 10 during a prestigious dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

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

DVD Playback will review new DVD versions of A Man for All Seasons (1966), shot by Ted Moore; Reds (1981), shot by Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC; and Hollywoodland (2006), shot by Jonathan Freeman.

Production Slate will present pieces on the dynamic sports film Zidane, shot by Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC, and the feature film Vacancy, a riveting thriller shot by Andrzej Sekula.

Points East will offer an interview with cinematographer Terry Stacey about his work on The Nanny Diaries, a romantic comedy set in New York City.

Short Takes will present interviews with student cinematographers Brian Melton and Lyle Vincent, winners of this year's ASC John Alonzo Heritage Award.

Post Focus will examine the image-enhancement services that DTS Digital Images provided for David Fincher's thriller Zodiac and will present an overview of Thomson's new Technicolor digital-intermediate facility on the Sony Studios lot in Culver City.

ASC Close-Up will present a Q&A profile of Society member Nancy Schreiber.