The September 2014 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, features a special focus on international production.
Thierry Arbogast, AFC continued his long-running collaboration with director Luc Besson for this action-thriller about the eponymous Lucy (Scarlett Johansson), who evolves into a ruthless fighter intent on revenge after unlocking her brain's full potential. The production shot in France and Taiwan, and worked with a number of cameras systems, including the Red Epic MX, Arri Alexa and Sony F65. Arbogast shares his insights from and discuss his technical choices for this high-octane feature.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney)
Ben Davis, BSC joined director James Gunn for this intergalactic expansion of the Marvel superheroes' cinematic universe. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Racoon and Groot make up the titular team, banding together to take on the villanous Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). Behind the scenes, Davis opted to pair Panavision anamorphic lenses with Arri Alexa cameras. The cinematographer explains this and other choices made during the U.K.-based production.
I Origins (Fox Searchlight)
Markus F��rderer was behind the camera for this feature from writer/director Mike Cahill. The film follows molecular biologist Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), whose research seems to point to a discovery of enormous scientific and religious significance. F��rderer details his and his collaborators' work on the feature, which was partially shot in India and had its world premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
A Thousand Times Good Night (Film Movement)
John Christian Rosenlund tackled cinematography duties for director Erik Poppe's intimate study of a photojournalist (Juliette Binoche) whose career repeatedly takes her away from her family in Ireland to the frontlines of conflicts around the world. The production took the crew to Dublin, Morocco, Kenya and Kabul. Rosenlund discusses his work and travels for the film, which recently screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is slated for a theatrical release in October.
The September issue's departments also offer illuminating insights:
Short Takes spotlights Australian cinematographer Jeremy Rouse's work on the short film Blood Pulls a Gun.
Production Slate dives into cinematographers Jules O'Loughlin, ACS and Iain Thornburn's work above and below sea level for James Cameron's DeepSea Challenge 3D. The section also looks back over the London-based production of the 12-episode series 24: Live Another Day, photographed by Jeffrey Mygatt.
Post Focus examines the recent digital restoration of My Fair Lady, for which FotoKem scanned the original cut negative and separation masters at 8K in order to produce a high-bit-rate DCP and a 65mm archival filmout. Directed by George Cukor and photographed by Harry Stradling Sr., ASC, the film was first released in 1964.
ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Kenneth Zunder, whose extensive list of television credits includes episodes of the series Thirtysomething, Chicago Hope, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Judging Amy, The Starter Wife, The Closer and Major Crimes.