2018 / 03 — March issue of American Cinematographer

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The March 2018 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on location shooting.

Black Panther

Rachel Morrison, ASC reteamed with Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler for this latest chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the death of his father, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns to his homeland — the isolated, mysterious and technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda — to claim the throne and continue his fight for justice as the masked hero Black Panther. Morrison and her collaborators detail the techniques and philosophies they brought to bear for the comic-book-inspired action.


Rob Hardy, BSC and writer-director Alex Garland follow their collaboration on the 2014 sci-fi-thriller Ex Machina with this big-screen adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel. The story follows a small team — including a biologist (Natalie Portman), a psychologist (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a surveyor (Tessa Thompson) — who embark on a secret expedition into a strange and dangerous land known as Area X. Hardy discusses his approach to the project and his ongoing collaboration with Garland.

Film Independent Spirit Awards Cinematography Nominees

The 2018 Film Independent Spirit Award nominees have been announced, with five features singled out in the Best Cinematography category: The Killing of a Sacred Deer, shot by Thimios Bakatakis; Columbus, shot by Elisha Christian;Beach Rats, shot by Hélène Louvart; Call Me by Your Name, shot by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom; and The Rider, shot by Joshua James Richards. AC offers a look at each of the nominated features.

Working With a Film Commission

What exactly can a local film commission provide to productions of varying scales and budgets — and how should those productions approach working with a film commission? AC checks in with a number of film commissions throughout the U.S. to survey the landscape and highlight what these organizations do.

The March issue’s departments also offers illuminating insights:

Shot Craft offers an introduction to amperages, focusing on how to use house power without blowing the breakers. The section also shares tips for getting the most out of a location scout, and provide useful tricks for lighting on location.

Short Takes spotlights the work of Velinda Wardell, ACS on the short Red Ink.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Uta Briesewitz, whose cinematography credits include the series The Wire, LAX and Hung. As a director, she’s also notched credits on series including Weeds, House of Lies, Jessica Jones, Awkward, Jane the Virgin, Orange is the New Black and The Deuce.

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