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2014 / 04 — April Issue of American Cinematographer
2014 / 04 — April Issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's the April 2014 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which focuses on digital production techniques and standout cinematography at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Noah (Paramount)
Matthew Libatique, ASC continued his collaboration with director Darren Aronofsky on this sweeping saga of biblical proportions. Starring Russell Crowe in the title role, the movie follows Noah as he constructs a gigantic ark and prepares his family for an apocalyptic flood. The filmmakers discuss how they mounted the epic production on locations in Iceland, New York City, Mississippi and Mexico.

Need For Speed (Disney)
Shane Hurlbut, ASC teamed with director Scott Waugh to visualize this fast-paced tale of revenge, which is based on a series of racing video games published by Electronic Arts. The movie focuses on street racer Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who gets out of prison and joins a cross-country race, hell-bent on exacting revenge upon the business associate who framed him.

Divergent (Lionsgate)
Alwin Küchler, BSC shot this sci-fi thriller directed by Neil Burger. Based on the first book in a trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth, the movie is set in a futuristic, dystopian Chicago, where 16-year-old Beatrice Prior (Shailene Woodley) doesn't fit in with any of society's five different political factions, which are based on personality types. As a Divergent, Beatrice and others like her draw the ire of an authoritarian leader seeking to exterminate anyone who threatens the order and obedience of this "perfect" world. Küchler discusses the techniques he applied to the story while shooting digitally on locations throughout Chicago.

Sundance Film Festival
AC editors and writers are once again bundling up for the bracing winter climate of Park City, Utah, where they attend this premier gathering of filmmakers and cineastes. The magazine's team scouts the festival's many screenings and present a roundup of the most visually impressive entries.

The April issue's departments spotlights the following projects:

  • Short Takes focuses on the dreamlike short film Neverlands, shot by cinematographer Alexander Galt and directed by Iain Marcks.

  • Production Slate offers interviews with Giles Nuttgens, BSC, cinematographer on the British gangster comedy Dom Hemingway, and Oliver Bokelberg, ASC, BVK, who serves as director of photography on the ABC television series Scandal.

  • ASC Close-Up profiles renowned Society member Roger Deakins, whose illustrious résumé includes 10 Academy Award nominations, three BAFTA Awards, and four additional BAFTA nominations. An ASC Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, Deakins has also been nominated for 12 ASC Awards, winning three times (for The Shawshank Redemption, The Man Who Wasn't There and Skyfall). His other credits include Prisoners, True Grit, A Serious Man, Revolutionary Road, The Reader, Doubt, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, No Country for Old Men, Jarhead, A Beautiful Mind, O Brother, Where Art Thou, The Big Lebowski, Kundun, Fargo, Dead Man Walking and Barton Fink.