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2007 / 09 — September Issue of American Cinematographer
2007 / 09 — September Issue of American Cinematographer

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The Bourne Ultimatum

Oliver Wood gives a full account of his work with director Paul Greengrass (United 93) on the third film in the internationally popular Bourne franchise, in which the rogue spy of the title (played by Matt Damon) attempts to overcome his amnesia and discover the mysteries of his past. Wood will offer an insightful overview of the globe-trotting production, which shot in many locations all over the world — including the U.S., England, Germany, France, Spain, Morocco and Latvia.


Teodoro Maniaci (Clean, Shaven) was the cinematographer on this independent comedy about an American worker (played by Josh Hamilton) who is sent to India to train his replacement after his company decides to move part of its operation overseas. John Jeffcoat directed the project, which filmed in and around Mumbai with a mostly Indian crew, working on location and onstage at Film City. Outsourced won top honors this year at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, the Seattle International Film Festival, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It will be released this fall.


Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC answers an Italian journalist's questions about his stunning work on a lushly photographed television bio-pic that traces the life of the great artist Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, who created a series of masterpieces during the late 16th and early 17th century. In addition to discussing his technical approach to the project, Storaro will address the influence of Caravaggio's paintings on his cinematography.

Muse music video "Knights of Cydonia"

Longtime AC technical editor Christopher Probst will provide a firsthand account of his work on a creative, artfully campy music video that recently earned him top honors in the cinematography category at the Music Video Production Association Awards. Shot in Bucharest, Romania, "Knights of Cydonia" pays homage to Spaghetti Westerns, kung-fu movies, Star Wars and Planet of the Apes, with an affectionate nod to the rock 'n' roll bombast of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." Working alongside renowned music-video director Joseph Kahn, Probst found himself wrangling Barbarella-like warrior-women, robots, unicorns, holograms, horses, motorcycles and a masked cowboy hero.

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

Global Village will offer a timely salute to the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC), which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

DVD Playback will review new DVD versions of The Third Man (1949), shot by Robert Krasker; Straight Time (1978), shot by Owen Roizman, ASC; and Prince of the City (1981), shot by Andrzej Bartkowiak, ASC.

Production Slate offers interviews with cinematographer Phil Parmet about shooting director Rob Zombie's remake of the horror classic Halloween, and Peter Pau, HKSC about his kinetic work on the tongue-in-cheek action thriller Shoot 'Em Up.

Points East presents a piece about a new, feature-length HBO documentary about the 50th anniversary of the 1957 desegregation crisis at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas.

Short Takes unveils a series of celebrity portraits shot in high-definition video by celebrated artist Robert Wilson for the Voom HD Network.

Post Focus details the use of MTI Control Dailies on the feature Rush Hour 3, and present an overview of Chace Audio's new suite of services for the recovery and preservation of magnetic sound films and tapes suffering from vinegar syndrome.

Filmmakers' Forum offers a piece by cinematographer Stephanie Martin about her recent experiences shooting in Morocco for the forthcoming feature The Objective, a military thriller set in Afghanistan and directed by Daniel Myrick (co-director of The Blair Witch Project).

Wrap Shot presents an analysis of the controversial final scene of HBO's The Sopranos by cinematographer Alik Sakharov, ASC.