May 2022 Issue of American Cinematographer

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 The May 2022 issue presents career profiles on the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Ellen Kuras, Career Achievement in Television Award honoree Peter Levy and Presidents Award honoree John Lindley; a special focus on the collaboration between cinematographer and the visual-effects department on Shining Vale; a look at previsualization with a pair of pieces — one on the previs process for the StEM2 short film The Mission, and another on virtual-camera (aka “vcam”) systems with an emphasis on their use in previs work; a special bulletin on set safety from the perspective of set-safety officers; a remembrance of the life and career of George Spiro Dibie, ASC; and coverage of the short film Triangle.


  • Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Ellen Kuras, ASC reflects on her career, which includes feature narrative, nonfiction films, music films and commercials. Kuras is an Academy Award nominee and two-time Primetime Emmy winner. Her eclectic body of work as a cinematographer includes Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Blow.


  • Career Achievement in Television Award honoree Peter Levy, ASC, ACS talks with AC about his impressive list of television credits, which includes The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Californication, 24 and House of Lies.


  • Presidents Award honoree John Lindley, ASC discusses his work on such features as Field of Dreams and Pleasantville, as well as his work leading ICG Local 600 through one of the most challenging and uncertain times in the industry’s history.


  • Cinematographer Suki Medencevic, ASC, ASBiH, SAS and visual-effects supervisor Jason Piccioni discuss their collaboration on the Starz horror comedy series Shining Vale.


  • In our continued coverage of safe set practices, AC speaks with set-safety officers in the Australian and New Zealand film industries.


  • Shot Craft: A look at the previsualization work on the StEM2 short film, The Mission, which is a 16-minute production crafted by ASC members and associates, image scientists, colorists, manufacturers, and technologists, who collaborated to provide a cinematic piece of media that may be freely used to test theatrical projection, theatrical emissive displays, professional monitors, consumer monitors, and postproduction image-processing software and hardware.


  • The Virtual World: A discussion on how filmmakers can interact with CG environments using a virtual camera (aka “vcam”) — a system that is particularly useful for previsualization, as well as for creating final shots.


  • Short Takes: Writer-director Péter Engelmann and cinematographer Csaba Bántó discuss their work on the short film Triangle, which was shot in Hungary.


  • In Memoriam: AC remembers the life, career and service of George Spiro Dibie, ASC, who died in February 2022.


  • Clubhouse News: The latest bulletins from the Society feature an event at the ASC Clubhouse to welcome new members.


  • Wrap Shot: A series of images of Steadicam inventor/operator and ASC associate member Garrett Brown on the set of The Shining.

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