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2011 / 03 — March Issue of American Cinematographer
2011 / 03 — March Issue of American Cinematographer

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The March 2011 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, has a special focus on teleproduction. The issue includes profiles of Michael D. O'Shea, ASC, this year's recipient of the ASC Career Achievement in Television Award, and associate member Douglas Kirkland, who earned the Society's Presidents Award.

The Adjustment Bureau (Universal)
John Toll, ASC helped screenwriter and first-time director George Nolfi combine sci-fi and romance for this intriguing feature based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, who also penned the source material for the features Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall. Matt Damon stars as rising New York politician David Norris, who accidentally discovers that his fate in life is being controlled by mysterious men who will stop at nothing to derail his budding romance with a beautiful, spirited ballet dancer (Emily Blunt). Toll answers questions about his cinematic approach to the movie's locations, logistics and challenging conceptual design.

Human Target (Fox)
Robert McLachlan, ASC, CSC is using Arri's D-21 camera to lend this dynamic action-adventure series the look of a big-screen James Bond epic. According to McLachlan, "One of the reasons I like the Arri D-21 is that it has super, super narrow depth of field. Arri engineers dispute this, but my eyes and those of the top focus pullers all say otherwise. What this means, of course, is that [the show] has very big, anamorphic-movie feel." McLachlan also discusses his other strategies for bringing ambitious visual style to the show, which follows the life of San Francisco-based Christopher Chance (Mark Valley), a private-security expert who integrates himself into his client's lives.

The Killing (AMC)
Peter Wunstorf, ASC shot the pilot and first 12 episodes of this ambitious series based on the Danish miniseries Forbrydelsen (The Crime). Set in Seattle, Washington and filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, the series follows three stories that emerge from the homicide of a young girl and the ensuing police investigation. Wunstorf says he's striving for a tone of "sad elegance" on the character-driven show, which he's treating as "one long film."

Fringe (Fox)
Three cinematographers — Tom Yatsko and CSC members Greg Middleton and David Moxness — have been lending their talents to this show's edgy visual style. The series follows an FBI "Fringe Division" that uses unorthodox techniques to investigate mysterious occurrences related to a parallel universe. AC reports on the trio's methods and how they coordinate their efforts to keep the show's look consistent and compelling.

ASC Career Achievement in Television Award
Michael D. O'Shea, ASC steps into the spotlight on February 13 when he receives this prestigious honor during the annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards gala, held at the Hollywood and Highland complex in Los Angeles.

O'Shea's career highlights include a 2003 Emmy Award (for CSI: Miami) and four other Emmy nominations (for the miniseries The '60s and To Love, Honor and Deceive and the series Relativity and Doogie Howser, M.D.) His résumé also includes the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Chicago Hope, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI: Miami, Jack and Bobby, Bones and Eli Stone, as well as the feature films Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Dracula: Dead and Loving It and Big Momma's House.

All of these accomplishments and more are saluted in a career overview penned by contributing writer Jean Oppenheimer.

ASC Presidents Award
Associate member Douglas Kirkland is saluted at the ASC Awards for his significant contributions to the industry.

A renowned stills photographer, Kirkland was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. During the 1960s and ‘70s, he was a staff photographer for Look and Life magazines, which featured his portraits of Jack Nicholson, Marilyn Monroe, Morgan Freeman, Marlene Dietrich, Brigitte Bardot, Judy Garland, Sophia Loren, Charlie Chaplin and many other iconic movie stars. Kirkland was also a still photographer during the production of more than 100 motion pictures, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Out of Africa, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Moulin Rouge. His photography has been featured in various books, including Light Years and Freeze Frame.

During the past 20 years, Kirkland has taken portraits of some 200 cinematographers who have been featured in the monthly Kodak On Film advertising campaign, which appears in American Cinematographer and other trade publications.

The March issue's departments also offers illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes presents an interview U.K. artist Pahnl about the short Nowhere Near Here, a stop-motion animation that uses a combination of light with stencils and long-exposure photography to tell the story of a dog running through city streets at night.
  • Production Slate offers interviews with Peter Zeitlinger about his work on Werner Herzog's 3D nature documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Magela Crosignani about the look she lent to director Zeina Durra's indie feature The Imperialists Are Still Alive!

  • Filmmakers' Forum presents a piece by cinematographer Lisa Wiegand about her work on the television series Detroit 187.

  • ASC Close-Up offers a profile of Society member Crescenzo Notarile, who is currently shooting the TV series Ghost Whisperer.