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2010 / 08 — August Issue of American Cinematographer
2010 / 08 — August Issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's the August 2010 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which has a special focus on postproduction.

Salt (Sony)
Robert Elswit, ASC (There Will Be Blood; Good Night, and Good Luck) brings his keen eye to the espionage genre with this action-packed thriller about a CIA officer (Angelina Jolie) whose loyalty is tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Forced to go on the run, Salt must use all of her skills and training to elude capture. Elswit discusses how he blocked and shot the film's ambitious action sequences with veteran director Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger).

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Disney)
Bojan Bazelli, ASC (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Hairspray) lends his magic touch to this eye-popping adventure set in modern-day Manhattan, where a master sorcerer (Nicolas Cage) trains an average guy (Jay Baruchel) to be his apprentice and help him defend the city from his arch-nemesis (Alfred Molina). Bazelli discusses the movie's blend of live-action with extensive effects work.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Universal)
Bill Pope, ASC (The Matrix trilogy, Spider-Man 2 and 3), brings the hero of a popular graphic novel to the big screen in this wildly visual comedy about a 23-year-old hipster (Michael Cera) who must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil ex-boyfriends in order to make their relationship "totally sweet." Pope will reveal how he used his skill with effects-oriented cinematography to generate both laughs and thrills, and discuss his collaboration with director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz).

Get Low (Sony Pictures Classics)
Cinematographer David Boyd, ASC helped fellow Society member Aaron Schneider, ASC continue his new path as a director by shooting this acclaimed indie feature set in the 1930s, starring Robert Duvall as a mysterious hermit who throws his own funeral party — despite the fact that he's still alive. Schneider's directing career got off to a fast start with the 2003 short film Two Soldiers, which earned an Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short; he and Boyd discuss the dynamics of their collaboration and explain how two accomplished cinematographers can interact on the set.

The August issue's departments also offers illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes details the use of the Phantom HD high-speed camera on an ad campaign for Quiksilver, a surfwear and boardsports manufacturer.
  • Production Slate presents the results from AC's latest Best-Shot Films Poll, which will determine the top cinematographic achievements from motion pictures made between the years 1998-2008. The results will serve as an addendum to our popular 1999 poll, in which readers voted for the best-shot films from 1894-1949 and 1950-1997. This department will also offer an interview with cinematographer Igor Jadue-Lillo about his work on the independent drama The Kids Are All Right.
  • Post Focus presents a look at the digital-intermediate workflow used on the hit HBO vampire series True Blood.
  • ASC Close-Up offers a profile of Society member Charles Minsky, whose credits include the features Pretty Woman; The Princess Diaries 2; The Producers; You, Me and Dupree; and Valentine's Day.