The July 2009 issue of American Cinematographer magazine focuses on the second wave of summer blockbusters.
Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC helps director Michael Mann continue his work with HD video on this period crime drama, in which U.S. law enforcement officials, led by J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) and Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), attempt to capture three of the most notorious gangsters in American history: John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham) and Pretty Boy Floyd (Channing Tatum). Spinotti will detail his use of the Sony F23 camera on the production.
The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
Tobias Schliessler, ASC coordinated the visuals on this high-tension remake of the gritty 1970s thriller, which pits a New York City police lieutenant (Denzel Washington) against a merciless villain (John Travolta) who masterminds the armed hijacking of a subway train. Schliessler will explain how he coordinated the production's extremely complex logistics while shooting at various New York locations and on stage at Kaufman Astoria Studios.
The Hurt Locker
Barry Ackroyd went on location to the Middle East to shoot this suspenseful war drama about the harrowing experiences endured in Iraq by an elite Army bomb squad. Collaborating with director Kathryn Bigelow (Near Dark, Blue Steel, Strange Days, K-19: The Widowmaker), Ackroyd and his camera team shot on Super 16 film stock to lend the images a gritty immediacy.
Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC lends lush imagery to this romantic drama from British director Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, The Queen). The story is set prior to World War I in the luxurious demi-monde of Paris, where a beautiful, retired courtesan (Michelle Pfeiffer) begins a love affair with a young man (Rupert Friend) who is also the son of her former colleague and rival (Kathy Bates).
The July issue's departments will also offer illuminating insights:
Short Takes will offer an interview with New York-based cinematographer Jendra Jarnagin about her work on Puppy Love, a Web series created by alumni of HBO's Sex and the City.
Production Slate will present interviews with cinematographers Laurent Brunet, who earned a César Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the French period drama Séraphine, and Gary Shaw, who takes viewers into space with the sci-fi drama Moon.
Post Focus will offer an overview of the DP Dailies system at the New York production facility Mega Playground.
ASC Close-Up will offer a profile of Society member Mark Irwin, whose credits as a cinematographer include Scanners, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, The Fly, RoboCop 2, Passenger 57, Dumb and Dumber, 10 Things I Hate About You and Old School.