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2013 / 07 — July Issue of American Cinematographer
2013 / 07 — July Issue of American Cinematographer

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After Earth (Sony)
Peter Suschitzky, ASC teamed with director/co-writer M. Night Shyamalan on this sci-fi adventure tale that follows Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father, Cypher (Will Smith), after their spaceship crash-lands on a dangerously evolved Earth centuries into the future. The movie is the first major Hollywood production shot with Sony's F65 camera, which Suschitzky assesses.

White House Down(Sony)
Anna Foerster, ASC photographed this action drama about an attack on the White House by a group of paramilitary invaders. Directed by Roland Emmerich, the film follows Capitol police officer John Cale (Channing Tatum) as he does everything in his power to protect the president (Jamie Foxx).

Much Ado About Nothing (Lionsgate)
Cinematographer Jay Hunter worked with director Joss Whedon on this contemporary, ultra-indie version of Shakespeare's play, which uses the Bard's original text while lending the narrative dark, sexy and occasionally absurd spin. Hunter details his creative approaches during the production's remarkably brisk, 12-day shoot.

Enter The Dragon historical
Gil Hubbs, ASC details the stylish cinematography he contributed to this classic martial-arts action film, which showcases Bruce Lee in the final performance of his iconic career. Lee plays a Shaolin martial artist who finds himself wrapped up in criminal intrigue as he travels to a competition hosted on the secluded island of a wealthy ex-Shaolin fighter.

The July issue's departments shed light on other interesting projects:

  • Short Takes spotlights cinematographer Ashley Barron, who discusses her work on the ambitious student film Dreamland, which follows a young Iraqi boy who pursues his passion for soccer amid the hazardous surroundings of his war-torn homeland.

  • Production Slate offers an interview with Yves Bélanger, CSC about his work on the French-Canadian feature Laurence Anyways, and also presents a piece on Alexis Zabé and his cinematographic approach to Post Tenebras Lux, a surreal and visually distinctive film that earned director Carlos Reygadas the Best Director prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

  • ASC Close-Up profiles Society member Don Burgess, who earned ASC, BAFTA and Academy Award nominations for his work on Forrest Gump. His extensive resume of feature credits also includes Contact, Cast Away, Spider-Man, What Lies Beneath, The Polar Express, Source Code and, most recently, Flight and 42.