2018 / 07 — July issue of American Cinematographer

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The July 2018 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on television production.

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Bradford Young, ASC was behind the camera to bring to the screen the early adventures of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), as the young and impulsive pilot meets the Wookiee Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and the smooth-talking gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), and first gets his hands on what will eventually be known as “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy,” the Millennium Falcon. The cinematographer as well as director Ron Howard offer their insights into this portrait of the scoundrel as a young man.


Dana Gonzales, ASC and Polly Morgan, BSC have been sharing cinematography duties for the second season of this series, which is related to the X-Men movies and focuses on David Haller (Dan Stevens), a mutant endowed with psychic abilities who’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Morgan and Gonzales — the latter of whom was nominated for an ASC Award for his work on the episode “Chapter 1” — offer their perspectives on bringing the comic-book-inspired action to television.

12 Monkeys

David Green, ASC, CSC and Boris Mojsovski, CSC have been alternating episodes for this time-traveling series that pits its main characters in different periods from one episode to the next. The two discuss their collaboration, and how they approach creating a different look for each time period while staying true to the series’ overall feel. Both cinematographers received ASC Award nominations earlier this year for their work on the show, and Mojsovski took home the prize.

Blue Bloods

Gene Engels and his crew welcomed AC to the set in New York City as they were completing their work on the eighth season of this popular series, which follows the lives and careers of the Reagan family: retired police commissioner Henry (Len Cariou); his son and current commissioner, Frank (Tom Selleck); and Frank’s sons and daughter, detective Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), officer Jamie (Will Estes), and assistant district attorney Erin (Bridget Moynahan). AC’s coverage presents a firsthand look at the production.

The July issue’s departments also offers illuminating insights:

Shot Craft catches up with cinematographer Jayson Crothers, who will detail his work on the “burn stage” for the series Chicago Fire. This section will also present a slate of resources for up-and-coming directors of photography.

Short Takes looks at cinematographer Logan Schneider’s work on Papa, one of the first projects to shoot with Arri’s recently announced Alexa LF camera.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Ueli Steiger, whose credits include the features Singles, Godzilla (1998), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bowfinger, The Day After Tomorrow and 10,000 BC.

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