2019 / 11 — November Issue of American Cinematographer

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The November 2019 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on creative collaborations.

Gemini Man

Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS joined director Ang Lee for this action-thriller about an elite assassin (Will Smith) who is suddenly targeted by a mysterious young operative who seems to predict his every move. The filmmakers welcomed AC to visit the production while it was shooting in Budapest, Hungary, where they pulled back the curtain on the technological innovations at play behind the scenes.

Ad Astra
(20th Century Fox)

Hoyte van Hoytema, ASC, FSF, NSC and director James Gray take viewers to the stars in this science-fiction mystery. Astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is sent on a mission into deep space in an attempt to make contact with his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who was long believed to be dead. The cinematographer reveals the secrets of the universe — or at least discusses his approach to the movie’s epic scope.

The Lighthouse

Jarin Blaschke reteamed with director Robert Eggers — his collaborator on the 2015 horror feature The Witch — for this hypnotic, hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Blaschke offers his perspective on the black-and-white production in an in-depth Q&A.

Collaborators’ Roundtable

Our penultimate salute to the ASC’s 100th anniversary shines a light on ASC members and their collaborators across a multitude of production departments, from prep through post.

The November issue’s departments also offer illuminating insights:

Shot Craft shares best practices that can aid the collaboration between a cinematographer’s crew and the sound department.

Short Takes goes behind the scenes of the sci-fi short ARXIV, shot by cinematographer Sean Bagley.

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