2020 / 01 — January Issue of American Cinematographer

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1917 and The Goldfinch
(Universal; Warner Bros.)

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC recently spoke with AC to discuss his work behind the scenes on both of these features. With 1917, he and director Sam Mendes told a harrowing tale of the First World War in what looks to be a long, single take; for The Goldfinch, the cinematographer partnered with director John Crowley to bring author Donna Tartt’s award-winning novel to the screen.

Dark Waters
(Focus Features)

Edward Lachman, ASC continued his longtime collaboration with director Todd Haynes on this ripped-from-the-headlines story of a corporate defense attorney (Mark Ruffalo) who risks his career and more to take on an environmental lawsuit against a powerful chemical company. The cinematographer will offer his creative insights into the production and his behind-the-scenes collaborations.

(Perfect Village Entertainment)

Xiaoding Zhao, ASC and director Zhang Yimou pushed the boundaries of wuxia action to create this canvas of blacks and grays punctuated by bursts of color. The story follows a military commander who uses a “shadow” lookalike in an intricate plan to fool his enemies as well as his king. The cinematographer will shine a light on his work behind the camera.

100 Years of AC: The 1920s

American Cinematographer began publication in 1920, and we’ll be saluting the magazine’s centennial and celebrating its rich history throughout 2020 by opening up the archives and re-presenting classic articles. The yearlong tribute will kick off with a vintage selection from AC’s first decade.

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

Shot Craft will offer tips and tricks of the trade for cinematographers both established and on the rise, as well as historical tidbits from AC’s early years.

Short Takes will catch up with ASC Richard H. Kline Student Heritage Award winners Lucas Dziedzic and Oscar Ignacio Jimenez, about their projects Animals and Gather, respectively, as well as ASC Haskell Wexler Student Documentary Award winner Jazleana Jones, about the doc King, Charles.

ASC Close-Up will spotlight Society member Buddy Squires, whose documentary credits include The Statue of Liberty, Baseball, The Civil War, Stonewall Uprising, The Central Park Five, The Vietnam War and Country Music

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