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2015 / 02 — February Issue of American Cinematographer
2015 / 02 — February Issue of American Cinematographer

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Here's the February 2015 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on this year's ASC Awards honorees.

Jupiter Ascending
(Warner Bros.)

John Toll, ASC reteamed with co-directors Lana and Andy Wachowski for this intergalactic adventure that rests the fate of humanity on the shoulders of unsuspecting Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who's aided in her journey by extraterrestrial mercenary Caine (Channing Tatum). The cinematographer elected to work with Arri Alexa camera systems for the shoot, which was primarily divided between stages and locations in and around London, England and Chicago, Ill. Toll and a number of his collaborators - including visual-effects supervisor Dan Glass, aerial cinematographer Phil Pastuhov, and gaffers Chuck Finch and Rick Thomas - will detail the work that went into bringing the Wachowskis' vision to the screen.

A Most Violent Year and Selma
(A24 and Paramount)

Bradford Young was behind the camera for both of these features. The 1980s-set drama A Most Violent Year, directed by J.C. Chandor, follows Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac), an ambitious entrepreneur in New York City, who fights to protect both his business and his family while struggling to preserve his sense of right and wrong. Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) during three months in 1965, which culminated in the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In an extensive Q&A, Young will detail his collaborations with both directors and discuss his approach to the two period films.

ASC Lifetime Achievement Award

John Bailey, ASC has shot more than 70 features, collaborating with such directors as Robert Redford, Paul Schrader, Lawrence Kasdan, Wolfgang Petersen and Ken Kwapis. His credits include Ordinary People, The Big Chill, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Groundhog Day, In the Line of Fire, As Good As It Gets, Incident at Loch Ness and The Way, Way Back. In a career-spanning interview, Bailey will discuss his work and his influences.

ASC Presidents Award

Matthew Leonetti, ASC has built an eclectic body of work that includes the features Poltergeist, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Jagged Edge, Star Trek: First Contact and Dawn of the Dead. Along the way, he has also been actively engaged in a number of ASC programs and initiatives, and he currently serves on the Society's Board of Governors. In a revealing profile, Leonetti will look back over his storied career to date.

ASC International Award

Phil Méheux, BSC is a past president of the British Society of Cinematographers, and he has been behind the camera for such features as The Long Good Friday, The Fourth Protocol, GoldenEye, The Saint, The Mask of Zorro, Entrapment, Around the World in 80 Days (2004), Casino Royale and Edge of Darkness. Méheux will discuss his diverse body of work, which has kept him actively engaged on both sides of the Atlantic.

The February issue's departments will also offer illuminating insights:

  • Short Takes will offer a close look at the sci-fi thriller Follow the Camera, shot and directed by Bastiaan Koch.
  • Production Slate will investigate Stuart Dryburgh, ASC, NZCS's work on Michael Mann's Blackhat. The section will also offer a revealing study of André Turpin's collaboration with director Xavier Dolan for the feature Mommy.
  • ASC Close-Up will spotlight Society member Attila Szalay, whose credits include the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth, and episodes of the series Smallville, Touching Evil, Reaper and The Bridge.