December 2023 Issue of American Cinematographer

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The December 2023 issue presents coverage of Killers of the Flower Moon, Saltburn, The Color Purple and The Zone of Interest — with a spotlight on the producer-cinematographer collaboration. Also featured are a look at AI in motion capture; a survey of indispensable books about cinematography; and a tribute to the late Pete Kozachik, ASC.


  • President’s Desk: ASC President Shelly Johnson considers the importance of being adventurous with creative choices, especially in the digital era.


  • Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC details his creative strategy on the period drama Killers of the Flower Moon — and director Martin Scorsese discusses his evolving work with Prieto and why “every picture should be a challenge.”


  • Linus Sandgren, ASC, FSF and director Emerald Fennell discuss the Gothic drama Saltburn, including why they strove to incorporate “a bit of ugliness” into the visual scheme — and producer Josey McNamara shares how the team approached shooting at a 14th-century estate.


  • Dan Laustsen, ASC, DFF and director Blitz Bazawule illuminate their collaboration on the period musical The Color Purple — and producer Scott Sanders explains why Laustsen was a great fit for the project.


  • Lukasz Zal, PSC discusses creating a clinical perspective for the World War II drama The Zone of Interest — and director Jonathan Glazer and producer James Wilson offer their perspectives on the production.  


  • Shot Craft: Sixteen books that have much to teach about cinematography in particular and filmmaking in general.


  • The Virtual World: A look at the advances in artificial intelligence that are enabling more efficient motion capture.


  • Clubhouse News: The latest bulletins from the Society feature a showcase of members’ still photography; the winners of the 2023 ASC Student Heritage Awards; new members Gavin Kelly, ASC and Luc Montpellier, ASC, CSC; an ASC Film Heritage Series presentation; an ASC panel at NAB New York; and an in-person Clubhouse Conversation.


  • In Memoriam: Pete Kozachik, ASC


  • Wrap Shot: The Color Purple (1985), shot by Allen Daviau, ASC and directed by Steven Spielberg.

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