Here's the April 2013 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which focuses on digital production and provides a roundup of visually striking projects from this year's Sundance Film Festival.
Oz: The Great and Powerful (Walt Disney)
Peter Deming, ASC shot this prequel to L. Frank Baum's classic tale on seven massive stages, using some old and new tricks to tie fantasy and reality together. Directed by Sam Raimi, the film follows circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) as he journeys from Kansas to the fantasy-filled Land of Oz — well before Dorothy's arrival — and uses his stage magic to challenge evil and become the great and powerful Wizard.
The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus Features)
Sean Bobbitt, BSC shot this powerful drama, directed by Derek Cianfrance, which follows a motorcycle stunt rider, Luke (Ryan Gosling), to Schenectady, N.Y., where he reunites with former lover, Romina (Eva Mendes), and meets the infant son he didn't know he had. Luke vows to stay put and provide for his new family. But in doing so, he turns to crime and bumps up against ambitious young police officer Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper), who has his own wife and young son to consider in their showdown.
In the Picture (Cinerama)
John Hora, ASC and Douglas Knapp shared cinematography duties on director David Strohmaier's half-hour travelogue, which takes viewers through Los Angeles County — from the Angels Flight funicular to the deck of a brigantine — in true three-panel Cinerama. Completed in time to premiere at Cinerama's 60th Anniversary Celebration, held this past fall in Hollywood, the film marks the first three-panel Cinerama production since 1962's How the West Was Won. The filmmakers offers an overview of Cinerama's history and detail the challenges and rewards of working with Cinerama Camera #3, which had sat dormant for 50 years.
Sundance Film Festival
AC editors and writers once again bundled up for the bracing winter climate of Park City, Utah, where they attended this premier gathering of filmmakers and cineastes. Our team canvassed the festival's many screenings and presents a roundup of the most visually impressive entries.
The April issue's departments also offer interesting highlights:
- Short Takes spotlights cinematographer Jesse Green's collaboration with co-directors Sridhar Reddy and Paul Pope for the sci-fi Western 7x6x2, which was one of the first projects to shoot with Sony's recently introduced PMW-F55 CineAlta camera.
- Production Slate offers an interview with cinematographer Nicolas Bolduc about his work on the Canadian drama War Witch, which recently won a Gold Frog at the Plus Camerimage festival in Poland. This section also presents insights from Alex Metcalfe, who recently used the Canon C300 to shoot The Darkest Day, a feature set in 793 AD Saxon Britain.
- ASC Close-Up profiles Society member Christopher Baffa, whose work has contributed to the success of the popular television series Glee and Nip/Tuck. He has also shot a number of intriguing features, including Running With Scissors and Idle Hands.