2018 / 08 — August issue of American Cinematographer

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The August 2018 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on drones and virtual reality.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe to join director Peyton Reed in continuing the saga of low-level crook turned big-time hero Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). Taking place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, this movie finds the size-shifting adventurer fighting alongside Hope van Dyne, aka the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), on a quest to uncover secrets from their past. Spinotti details his approach to tackling the production’s challenges, both big and small.

Sharp Objects

Yves Bélanger, CSC continued his long-running collaboration with director Jean-Marc Vallée on this eight-part miniseries that adapts author Gillian Flynn’s debut novel of the same name. The story follows a journalist, Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), who returns to her hometown to cover a violent murder, and along the way has to face the trauma of her own past. Bélanger discusses his and Vallée’s ongoing work while focusing primarily on this project’s first two episodes.


Robby Baumgartner was behind the camera for director Carlos López Estrada’s debut feature, which was co-written by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs — who also star as longtime friends Miles and Collin, respectively. Exploring race and class in an increasingly gentrifying Oakland, Calif., the movie charts the final days of Collin’s yearlong probation, which puts him at odds with the reckless lifestyle that Miles continues to embrace. Baumgartner shares his perspective on the production, which had its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Detroit: Become Human
(Quantic Dream)

Aymeric Montouchet served as cinematographer for this video game from Quantic Dream for Sony’s PlayStation 4. Set in a near-future Detroit, the game’s story follows three specific androids along three intertwining paths, each of which is distinguished through the use of lighting, cameras, art direction, color grading and grain. Montouchet penned a first-person account of his experiences on the project.

The August issue’s departments will also offer illuminating insights:

Shot Craft offers insights for up-and-coming filmmakers looking to tackle a virtual-reality production or wanting to incorporate drone footage into their projects.

Short Takes pulls back the curtain on the wizardry that went into the making of L’Orange’s music video for “Blame the Author,” which incorporates stop-motion miniatures with live-action footage, and was shot by Harper Alexander and directed by Alexander Thompson.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Michael Negrin, whose extensive credits include episodes of the television series Diagnosis Murder, Gilmore Girls, Charmed, Saving Grace, Desperate Housewives, Life, Rosewood and Being Mary Jane.

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