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2012 / 10 — October Issue of American Cinematographer
2012 / 10 — October Issue of American Cinematographer

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The October 2012 issue of American Cinematographer magazine has a special focus on lighting tools and techniques.

Killing Them Softly (The Weinstein Co.)

Greig Fraser was behind the camera for director Andrew Dominik's latest film. Based on the novel Cogan's Trade, written by George V. Higgins, the movie follows enforcer Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) as he tries to get to the bottom of a heist of mob-protected money. Fraser will detail his approach to lighting the film, which was shot in anamorphic 2.40:1 on 35mm negative in and around New Orleans, La.

Gangster Squad (Warner Bros.)

Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS used Panavision anamorphic lenses with Arri Alexa digital cameras to capture this period story of Los Angeles cops going beyond the law to keep the East Coast Mafia out of their city. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film finds Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin) organizing a police task force that will go to war with mob boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) and his army of gangsters. Beebe will shine a light on how the filmmakers re-created 1940s Los Angeles on location throughout Los Angeles County.

End of Watch (Open Road)

Roman Vasyanov partnered with director David Ayer to tell the story of LAPD Officers Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Zavala (Michael Peña), who find themselves targeted by an ultraviolent cartel after a routine traffic stop results in the confiscation of cartel money and guns. Vasyanov will discuss the movie's found-footage aesthetic, which was achieved with small digital cameras, including the SI-2K, that were handheld, mounted inside cars and rigged to the actors.

Looper (Sony)

Steve Yedlin re-teamed with director Rian Johnson for their third feature together following Brick in 2005 and The Brothers Bloom in 2008. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a "looper," a hit man whose targets are sent to him by the mob 30 years in the future; when the mob sends Joe's older self (Bruce Willis) to be killed, things quickly spiral out of control. Yedlin will illuminate his ongoing collaboration with Johnson and how they tackled shooting in Louisiana as well as Shanghai with a 35mm anamorphic camera package.

The October issue's departments will also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes will showcase this year's ASC Andrew Laszlo Student Heritage Award winners. In the graduate category, Damian Horan of the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts won for Josephine and the Roach; in the undergraduate category, H.R. McDonald of the Art Center College of Design won for Alexis; and in the newly introduced documentary category, Travis LaBella of Northwestern University won for Language of the Unheard.

  • Production Slate will feature interviews with cinematographer Yorick Le Saux about his work on director Nicholas Jarecki's Arbitrage, and cinematographer John Pardue, who teamed with director Julian Jarrold for The Girl, an HBO-BBC coproduction that examines the relationship between director Alfred Hitchcock (Toby Jones) and actress Tippi Hedren (Sienna Miller).

  • Post Focus will examine the processes that went into the making of Blinding, experimental filmmaker Steve Sanguedolce's hand-colored 16mm documentary about the beauty and curse of vision. The film received a special mention at the Plus Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

  • ASC Close-Up will spotlight Society member Robert Primes, whose credits include the features Bird on a Wire and Baadasssss!; the telefilms Golden Gate, Sealed with a Kiss and The Sandy Bottom Orchestra; and episodes of the series thirtysomething, Quantum Leap and Felicity.