2019 / 12 — December Issue of American Cinematographer

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The December 2019 issue of American Cinematographer magazine, which features a special focus on awards-season releases.

Ford v Ferrari
(20th Century Fox)

Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC and director James Mangold kept the pedal down for this retelling of how car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) enabled the Ford Motor Co. to challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Papamichael lifts the hood to reveal what went into re-creating that epic race.

21 Bridges
(STX Entertainment)

Paul Cameron, ASC joined director Brian Kirk for this high-stakes drama about an NYPD detective (Chadwick Boseman) who closes off the island of Manhattan in his pursuit of a pair of murderous thieves. Cameron details his work on the production, which was shot in Philadelphia and largely takes place at night.

Honey Boy
(Amazon Studios)

Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF was behind the camera for director Alma Har’el’s drama — based on a semi-autobiographical screenplay by Shia LaBeouf — about the stormy childhood and early adult years of actor Otis (played by Noah Jupe at age 12 and Lucas Hedges at age 22). Braier offers her reflections on the production, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Godfather of Harlem

Guillermo Navarro, ASC, Jack Donnelly and Christopher Norr all played a part in shooting the first season of this series about infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker), who returns to Harlem in the early ’60s after having spent 10 years in prison. AC visited the set to bring readers a firsthand look behind the scenes.

The ASC Museum Collection

AC’s yearlong salute to the ASC’s 100th anniversary concludes with this guided tour of the Society’s collection of treasures from throughout cinema history. Museum curator Steve Gainer, ASC, ASK shines a light on a selection of standout pieces.

The December issue’s departments also offer illuminating insights:

Shot Craft offers tips and tricks of the trade for cinematographers both established and on the rise.

Short Takes catches up with cinematographer Ante Cheng and director Erika Davis-Marsh about their collaboration on the short CODA.

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