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2008 / 11 — November Issue of American Cinematographer
2008 / 11 — November Issue of American Cinematographer

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Quantum of Solace
Roberto Schaefer, ASC re-teamed with chameleonic director Marc Forster for the latest addition to the long-running James Bond franchise. The filmmakers traveled the globe — shooting on location in Panama, Chile, Italy and Austria and onstage at London's Pinewood Studios — to follow 007's (Daniel Craig) pursuit of the mysterious Quantum organization. Schaeffer offers a debriefing of his time on Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Phedon Papamichael, ASC helped director Oliver Stone put this biopic of President George W. Bush (Josh Brolin) together in record time and on a limited budget. Papamichael discusses his time on the trail, following "W." from his inauspicious beginnings through his eight years in the White House.

Mandy Walker, ACS collaborated with director Baz Luhrmann for this World War II-era epic. When Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) arrives in the wild Australian outback to take care of a neglected cattle farm, she falls in love with the rugged Drover (Hugh Jackman), and their romance plays out against cattle drives and the bombing of Darwin. Walker details the logistics behind the film's grand scale and mix of location and studio work.

David Geddes, CSC worked with the Red One camera for this hour-long drama based on the popular Web series of the same name. The show centers on Dr. Helen Magnus (Amanda Tapping) and her protégé, Will Zimmerman (Robin Dunne), as they seek to assist the strange creatures roaming the world. Geddes outlines his approach to the digital production, which shoots in Vancouver against largely greenscreen sets.

The November issue's departments also offer illuminating insights, including a recap of the Emmy Awards.

Short Takes offers a close look at the high-speed cinematography behind the "Burst" advertisement for Schweppes.

Production Slate offer two disparate takes on tales of kidnappings. Tom Stern, ASC shed light on the period drama Changeling, his most recent collaboration with director Clint Eastwood. Michael Goi, ASC offers insights regarding his recent directorial effort, Megan is Missing, which he made on a minimal budget with cinematographers Keith Eisberg and Joshua Harrison.

Post Focus offers an in-depth overview of Avid's Media Composer 3.0, with a special focus on the incorporation of the ASC CDL (color decision list).

ASC Close-Up offers a profile of cinematographer Victor Goss, ASC, whose credits include the TV series The Wonder Years and Nash Bridges.