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2012 / 12 — December Issue of American Cinematographer
2012 / 12 — December Issue of American Cinematographer

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The December 2012 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, offers a special focus on holiday-season releases and contains our year-end editorial index.

Skyfall (Sony Pictures)

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC joins director Sam Mendes for a highly anticipated tour of duty on Her Majesty's Secret Service with British superspy James Bond (played once again by Daniel Craig). Deakins discusses the duo's approach to Agent 007's 23rd big-screen adventure, which tests Bond's loyalty to M (Judy Dench), his superior at MI6, as the British intelligence service comes under attack. The globetrotting production shot sequences in England, Scotland, China and Turkey.

Lincoln (Disney)

Janusz Kaminski reteamed with director Steven Spielberg for their 13th feature together, a sweeping historical epic that dramatizes the conflicts faced by U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he attempts to abolish slavery in the wake of the Civil War. Kaminski reveals the strategies he and Spielberg employed to convincingly transport viewers back to the movie's 19th-century settings, which were captured on location in Virginia and Illinois.

Anna Karenina (Focus Features)

Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC continued his collaboration with director Joe Wright on this bold, unorthodox adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel, which follows married aristocrat Anna Karenina (Keira Knightley) as she falls for the affluent Count Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and begins a torrid affair that scandalizes high society in 19th-century Russia. McGarvey discusses the filmmaker's highly stylized, theatrical approach to the tale, which takes flight in a series of truly breathtaking set pieces.

Plus Camerimage Film Festival

The world's most illustrious event devoted exclusively to cinematography celebrates its 20th anniversary from Nov. 24-Dec. 1 in Bydgoszcz, Poland, where some of the art form's greatest practitioners gather to honor their profession. In addition to presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award, the festival organizes a Main Competition of outstanding feature films (honored with Golden, Silver and Bronze Frog Awards), as well as the Student Etudes Competition, Documentary Films Competition, Music Videos Competition, Feature Debuts Competition, Plus Camerimage Market, Plus Camerimage Forum and Polish Films Competition. Guests also enjoy special screenings, hands-on seminars and workshops, art exhibitions and music performances.

Our retrospective look at this unique event includes a pictorial history, a rundown of past award winners and thoughtful comments from the festival's organizers.

The December issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes details the aesthetic approaches cinematographer Natasha Braier applied on Swimmer, a striking black-and-white short directed by Lynne Ramsay. Commissioned as one of four shorts by British directors for the recent London Olympics, the film follows a lone swimmer on a poetic journey through the waterways and coastline of the British Isles.

  • Production Slate offers a Q&A with French cinematographer Stèphane Fontaine, AFC about his work on the feature Rust and Bone for director Jacques Audiard, as well as a journey to Bikini Bottom to learn how director of photography Ralph Kaechele handled a special stop-motion episode of the wildly popular animated series SpongeBob Squarepants.

  • ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Jerzy Zielinski, whose credits include the features Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Galaxy Quest, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie, Fun with Dick and Jane and Man, Chicks Are Just Different.