The Dark Knight
Wally Pfister, ASC returns to the Bat cave with this sequel to the 2005 action-adventure epic Batman Begins. Pfister once again teamed with director Christopher Nolan to re-envision the world of billionaire Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter-ego. Former AC editor David Heuring gathered information about every aspect of the show from Pfister, Nolan and members of the Cinematographers crew. Our coverage includes in-depth breakdowns of several major sequences and set pieces, as well as details about special segments of the film that were shot in the large-screen Imax format.
Tobias Schliessler discusses his work with director Peter Berg on this comedic action comedy about a hard-living superhero (Will Smith) who has fallen out of favor with the public. Special attention will be paid to the movies groundbreaking second-unit work, which involved the participation of several companies that provided advanced camera heads and aerial rigs for the productions ambitious stunt sequences.
Dean Semler, ASC, ACS combines espionage and slapstick on this feature version of the popular 1960s television series, which starred Don Adams as Maxwell Smart (a.k.a. Agent 86), a bumbling secret agent who somehow managed to save the day with his comely and more competent sidekick, Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon). Semler discusses the eye-popping look he lent to the modern update, which co-stars Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway as the world's last hope against the enemy agents of KAOS.
Vanja Cernjul discusses his weekly work on the hit TV series, which follows the madcap life of Liz Lemon (played by series creator Tina Fey), the head writer of a live network variety show based in New York City, whose life is turned upside-down when her arrogant new boss (Alec Baldwin) hires an unpredictable star (Tracy Morgan). Cernjul offers his unique perspective on this show within a show, which draws on Fey's own experiences as a writer and performer on NBC's Saturday Night Live.
The July issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:
Global Village salutes the memory of the late, great Laszlo Kovacs, ASC with a piece about a project that was close to his heart: Torn From the Flag, a documentary about the global effects of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. The film features timeless images shot by four cinematographers, including footage shot during the revolution by Kovacs and his lifelong friend, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC, when they were still students.
Short Takes presents interviews with cinematographer Svetlana Cvetko and director David Scott Smith about their collaboration on the short film On a Tuesday.
Production Slate offers an overview of Pixar's animated film WALL-E, which benefitted from the advice and counsel of three prominent ASC members who served as visual consultants: Roger Deakins, Harris Savides and Dennis Muren. This section also offers a piece on director/cinematographer Santosh Sivan's latest feature film, Before the Rains.
Post Focus presents information on new post-related products and services that were unveiled at the recent NAB show in Las Vegas.
ASC Close-Up offers insights from Society member Bill Taylor.