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2014 / 02 — February Issue of American Cinematographer
2014 / 02 — February Issue of American Cinematographer

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The February 2014 issue of American Cinematographer, which spotlights career profiles of this year's ASC Awards honorees.

The Monuments Men (Sony)
Phedon Papamichael, ASC teamed with director and star George Clooney to tell a true-life tale of high adventure during World War II. Based on Robert M. Edsel's book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, the movie follows a group of Allied art historians and museum curators across enemy lines after they are tasked with saving priceless artifacts from destruction by the Nazis. Papamichael explains how he created a period look for the film, which was shot in Germany (at Babelsberg Film Studio and on location in the Berlin-Brandenburg region and the Harz) and in the United Kingdom (on locations that included the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire).

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award
Dean Cundey, ASC received the Society's Lifetime Achievement Award at the 28th Annual ASC Awards ceremony, to be held in Los Angeles on February 1, 2014. The Lifetime Award is the Society's highest honor, presented annually to a cinematographer who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence over an entire career. To honor Cundey's accomplishments, AC presented a comprehensive overview of his life and work penned by regular contributor Jean Oppenheimer.
Cundey first attracted widespread attention when he collaborated with John Carpenter on the instant horror classic Halloween (1978). The two filmmakers continued their work together on other memorable films, including The Fog, Escape from New York, The Thing, Halloween II and III, and Big Trouble in Little China.

Cundey earned both Academy Award and BAFTA nominations forhis work on Robert Zemeckis' landmark film Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), which artfully combined live action with animated cartoon characters. The duo reteamed on the beloved Back to the Future trilogy, Romancing the Stone, and Death Becomes Her. The cinematographer earned his first ASC Award nomination for his work on Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991), and his second for the gripping imagery he contributed to Ron Howard's Apollo 13 (1995). He also earned the Society of Operating Cameraman's President's Award in 1999, and a 2002 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Single Camera Photography.

The veteran cinematographer's long list of credits also includes Jurassic Park, Death Becomes Her, What Women Want, The Spy Next Door, Jack and Jill, Crazy Kind of Love, and the upcoming releases Walking with the Enemy and Carry Me Home.
"Dean has continually raised the bar with his magnificent imagery, and I'm certain he will continue to do so for many years to come," says ASC Awards Chairman Lowell Peterson. "He has compiled an incomparable body of work that has made a meaningful and indelible impression on the art of filmmaking. This award is a symbol of our respect and admiration for both the man and his work."
ASC International Award
Eduardo Serra, ASC, AFC received the Society's International Achievement Award, which is presented annually to a foreign cinematographer who has made extraordinary contributions to films produced for the global cinema. AC contributor Mark Hope-Jones penned a profile spotlighting Serra's unique accomplishments.

A native of Portugal, Serra earned his first Academy Award nominationfor Iain Softley's The Wings of the Dove (1997), which also netted him a BAFTA Award. In 2004, he received Oscar and BAFTA nominations for Peter Webber's Girl with the Pearl Earring.

Serra has contributed his talents to more than 50 films, including The Hairdresser's Husband, Map of the Human Heart, Funny Bones, What Dreams May Come, The Widow of Saint-Pierre, Unbreakable, The Flower of Evil, Beyond the Sea, Blood Diamond, The Girl Cut in Two, Defiance, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2 and A Promise.

In 2004, for his services to enhance Portuguese culture, Serra was presented with the prestigious Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, one of the highest honors given by his country's government.

ASC Career Achievement in Television Award
Richard Rawlings Jr., ASC stepped into the spotlight to receive the Society's top honor for outstanding work on projects made for television. AC contributor Jon Silberg authored an article detailing Rawlings' many career highlights.

Rawlings grew up in Hollywood under the tutelage of his father, ASC member Richard Rawlings, Sr. He worked alongside his father for years, learning the industry from the ground up. He landed his first TV series as director of photography in 1978, when he was hired to shoot Charlie's Angels, a show that became a cultural phenomenon. He also worked on a variety of other memorable series, including Matt Houston, Stingray, L.A. Law, Boston Public, Gilmore Girls and Desperate Housewives; his telefilm credits include Halley's Comet, Spring Awakening and Gidget's Summer Reunion.

Rawlings earned Emmy nominations for the series Ohara (1987), Paradise (1988) and Reasonable Doubts (1991), as well as an additional nod for the television movie Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995). His work on the series Paradise earned a 1988 ASC Outstanding Achievement Award and a 1989 nomination. He received his third ASC Award nomination for the 1992 telefilm When No One Would Listen.

The February issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes highlights the eerie visuals cinematographer Eben Bolter contributed to the short film The Body, directed by Paul Davis.

  • Production Slate offers comments from cinematographers Graham Berry, Trish Govoni and Tom Lowe about their work on the documentary Visitors, directed by Godfrey Reggio, as well as an interview with Shane F. Kelly about his work on the documentary Tim's Vermeer, directed by Teller of the magician partnership Penn & Teller.

  • Filmmakers' Forum offers a piece by cinematographer Nic Sadler on the creative solutions he employed while shooting the indie feature comedy Cavemen.

  • ASC Close-Up profiles Society member Javier Aguirresarobe, whose credits include The Road (for which he earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Cinematography), The Others, Talk to Her, The Sea Inside, Goya's Ghosts, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Twilight Saga: New Moon and Eclipse, Fright Night and Blue Jasmine.