Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Janusz Kaminski discusses the creative strategies he and director Steven Spielberg brought to the summer's most hotly anticipated blockbuster, in which Harrison Ford reprises his iconic role as swashbuckling archeologist Indiana Jones. This time around, an older but wiser Indy battles agents of the Soviet Union, including the ruthless agent Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), for possession of an artifact known as the crystal skull. Assisting our hero in his adventures are his old flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), teenaged greaser Mutt Williams (Shia LeBeouf) and fellow archeologist Mac (Ray Winstone). Kaminski and his crew offer a detailed account of the epic production and their technical approach to the film's visual style, which will honor the look of the previous films in the beloved Indy series.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Karl Walter Lindenlaub, ASC was behind the camera on the second Narnia film, continuing the fantastic journey begun by fellow ASC member Donald McAlpine on the 2005 movie The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The sequel brings the Pevensie siblings back to the magical land of Narnia, where they help to ward off an evil king and restore the rightful heir to the kingdom's throne, Prince Caspian. Lindenlaub explains how he integrated his live-action footage with the project's dazzling array of visual effects.
Sex and the City: The Movie
John Thomas reunited with America's favorite gaggle of urban gal-pals — Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis) — on this big-screen version of the popular HBO comedy series. Thomas tells AC how he made the most of the movie's New York settings and kept the actresses looking their very best.
Arri's 90th Anniversary
AC historicals writer Robert S. Birchard traces the rich history of Arriflex as the German film and television Service Company celebrates nine decades of success. Birchard offers a comprehensive overview of Arri's rise from its early roots as a production company to its current status as an influential leader in the global entertainment industry.
The June issue's department also offers illuminating insights:
Short Takes presents an interview with cinematographer Chris Lytwyn about his work on the music video "100 Days," which he filmed for the soul group Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. To give the video a 1960s period feel that reflects the group's classic sound, Lytwyn lend the shot with original Sixties black-and-white tube cameras and used vintage lighting units.
Production Slate offers insights from cinematographer Sergei Trofimov about his work on the Russian historical epic Mongol, which dramatizes the early years of 13th-century conqueror Genghis Khan, and Michael Jacob Kerner, who shoots the Discovery Channel archeology show Bone Detectives in a variety of far-flung and often perilous locations.
Post Focus examines Fotokem's 3-D workflow for the Imax film Wild Ocean, as well as Gamma & Density Co.'s incorporation of the ASC's Color Decision List (CDL) standards in its 3cP on-set color-correction system.
Filmmakers' Forum offers an article by John Bailey, ASC on cinematographers' efforts to maintain control over their images.