2018 / 11 — November issue of American Cinematographer

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The November 2018 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on creative collaborations.

(Amazon Studios)

Tod Campbell reteamed with Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail for this new series, which stars Julia Roberts as Heidi Bergman, a caseworker at a facility that treats soldiers returning from war. Campbell shot and Esmail directed all 10 episodes of the first season, and the filmmakers welcomed AC to visit the production on stage in Los Angeles.

First Man

Linus Sandgren, FSF and director Damien Chazelle followed their Oscar-winning work on La La Land with this look at the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong (portrayed by Ryan Gosling) and the space mission that took him to the moon and back. Sandgren details his approach to capturing the late-’60s setting.

A Star Is Born
(Warner Bros.)

Matthew Libatique was behind the camera for actor Bradley Cooper’s first turn in the director’s chair. Cooper also stars as musician Jackson Maine, whose career is beginning to wane when he meets and falls in love with a young singer, Ally (Lady Gaga), and helps her find fame. Libatique and Cooper offer their insights into their collaboration.

Bad Times at the El Royale
(20th Century Fox)

Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC partnered with writer-director Drew Goddard for this thriller about seven strangers whose lives intertwine at the El Royale, which straddles the state line between California and Nevada. McGarvey sheds light on the movie’s mysterious goings-on.


Ava Berkofsky was behind the camera for five of the eight episodes of Season 3 — following the work she had previously done for Season 2 — with Paula Huidobro, AMC shooting the other three. AC visited the set for a firsthand look behind the scenes of the popular series, which follows the awkward experiences of Issa Dee (Issa Rae).

The November issue’s departments also offer illuminating insights:

Shot Craft reminds cinematographers that it’s okay to ask for help, and will also present a detailed “anatomy” of a grip truck.

Short Takes examines cinematographer Eli Arenson’s work for director David Henry Gerson’s World War II-era short All These Voices.

Filmmakers’ Forum features cinematographer Anthony Hardwick and executive producer Rob Weiss discussing their collaboration on the HBO series Ballers.

ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member King Baggot, whose credits include the features Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie, The Hand, Some Kind of Hero, The Last Starfighter, Revenge of the Nerds, Gotcha!, Vice Versa, Little Vegas and Boiling Point.

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