2018 / 06 — June issue of American Cinematographer

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The June 2018 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on summer blockbusters.

Avengers: Infinity War

Trent Opaloch continues his adventures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and his team-up with directing brothers Anthony and Joe Russo — with this long-awaited event movie. Earth’s mightiest heroes join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to make a desperate stand against the universe’s would-be conqueror, the tyrannical Thanos (Josh Brolin). Opaloch and his collaborators take readers behind the scenes of the high-flying action.

Fahrenheit 451

Kramer Morgenthau, ASC welcomed AC to the set of this Ramin Bahrani-directed telefilm, which adapts Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name. Michael B. Jordan stars as Guy Montag, a young fireman under the command of Beatty (Michael Shannon) in a dark future where books are verboten, and any that are found are quickly set ablaze. Morgenthau offers his tour of the production, from prep through post.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Frank DeMarco reteamed with director John Cameron Mitchell for this big-screen adaptation of the Neil Gaiman short story. In 1977, in the London suburb of Croydon, the alien Zan (Elle Fanning) meets the awkward, punk-rock-loving and decidedly human Enn (Alex Sharp), and embarks on a radical journey of discovery. DeMarco explains his approach to the story, for which he captured both Super 35- and Super 16-format footage with Arri Alexa cameras.

Deadpool 2
(20th Century Fox)

Jonathan Sela was behind the camera for this continuation of the comic-book-inspired hijinks of the titular “Merc With a Mouth,” aka Wade Wilson (played by Ryan Reynolds), who’s joined by an array of other super-powered mutants, including Domino (Zazie Beetz), Colossus (Stefan Kapicic) and Cable (Josh Brolin). Sela pulls back the mask to detail his work on the production, which shot in and around Vancouver.

American Animals
(Eagle Films)

Ole Bratt Birkeland partnered with writer-director Bart Layton for this hit feature that premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Determined to inject their lives with purpose and excitement, four misguided friends (played by Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner and Jared Abrahamson) attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history. Birkeland and his collaborators offer their insights on bringing the true-life tale to the screen.

The June issue’s departments also offers illuminating insights:

Shot Craft presents a slate of resources for up-and-coming directors of photography, including tips for shooting both the moon and the sun.

Short Takes examines cinematographer Laura Valladao’s work on director Kevin Wilson Jr.’s My Nephew Emmett, which won a Student Academy Award and was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Live Action Short Film category.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Paul Sarossy, whose credits include the features Ordinary Magic, The Sweet Hereafter, Affliction and The Wicker Man(2006), as well as the series The Borgias, Reign and Tin Star.

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