The September 2019 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on international production.
After the Wedding
(Sony Pictures Classics)
Julio Macat, ASC joined writer-director Bart Freundlich for this adaptation of the Danish film of the same title. The story follows Isabel (Michelle Williams) as she travels from India to New York in order to secure a generous grant from a mysterious donor (Julianne Moore) for an orphanage in Calcutta. For the movie — which opened this year’s Sundance Film Festival — Macat worked primarily with Arri’s Alexa 65 camera system, lending a grand canvas to the intimate drama.
Roy H. Wagner, ASC and director Robert Adetuyi worked in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, for this Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical drama set against the backdrop of Winnipeg’s 1919 general strike and surrounding social upheaval. Wagner opted to shoot the story with Blackmagic Design’s Ursa Mini Pro and Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. The cinematographer and his collaborators detail their work on the period production.
The ASC’s Global Reach
The magazine’s yearlong celebration of the ASC’s 100th anniversary continues with this look at the Society’s past, present and planned initiatives that transcend borders to serve the global cinematography community. Among the highlighted programs is the work of the ASC’s International Committee, which since 2016 has been chaired by Society member Suki Medencevic.
Death and Nightingales
Stephen Murphy was behind the camera for this three-part miniseries written and directed by Allan Cubitt. Set in 1885 and based on Eugene McCabe’s novel, the story follows the fortunes of the resolute Beth (Ann Skelly) as she tries to escape her abusive stepfather (Matthew Rhys) via a romantic involvement with Liam (Jamie Dornan). Murphy welcomed AC for a set visit on location in Armagh, Northern Ireland.
The Silver Branch
Katrina Costello received the American Cinematographer Award at this year’s Salem Film Fest for her work on this documentary, which tells the story of an idyllic rural part of Western Ireland that’s under threat by developers. Costello — who also helmed the doc alongside her collaborating director, John Brown — discusses the making of the movie.
The September issue’s departments also offers illuminating insights:
Shot Craft offers tips and tricks of the trade for cinematographers both established and on the rise.
Short Takes goes behind the scenes of the short The Lady in White, which cinematographer Zhihan Zhang photographed in Shanghai.
ASC Close-Up spotlights Society member Polly Morgan, whose credits include episodes of the series The A Word, Legion and Strange Angel, and the features Spinning Man, 6 Balloons and the upcoming Lucy in the Sky.
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