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  1. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) is expanding its presence in the Asia Pacific region with the launch of an International Masterclass in Beijing and the availability of the organization’s magazine, American Cinematographer, in Chinese. In collaboration with 107CINE.com, the first Chinese edition of American Cinematographer magazine was posted online April 1, featuring translated articles from the March 2017 print issue. The next edition will contain select articles from both the April and May issues of the magazine. 107CINE reports that the Chinese filmmaking community has responded with great enthusiasm; within the first 10 days, nearly 2,500 website visitors signed up to read the publication. Concurrently with the premiere copy of the Chinese edition of the magazine, the organization is holding its first ASC Masterclasses in Beijing. Running April 10-13 and April 16-19 in partnership with ARRI, the classes are being led by ASC member instructors, including Bill Bennett, Karl-Walter Lindenlaub, Fred Elmes, Theo van de Sande, Steven Fierberg and Sam Nicholson. They will also present two forums with the Beijing Film Academy and the Beijing International Film Festival. The ASC Masterclasses build on the organization’s mission to educate the next generation of filmmakers. Classes include instruction on a variety of topics such as lighting, shooting for live action, animation and visual effects, and color grading. The next Masterclass will be held in Los Angeles at the historic ASC Clubhouse in May. ASC President Kees van Oostrum said, “Over the past years, the ASC has increased its global outreach. This mission began in earnest with our first International Cinematographers Summit in 2011 and has continued to grow significantly as evidenced by our increased participation at Camerimage, IMAGO, and the second ASC International Summit, which we hosted in Los Angeles this past June. We have also seen members travel to Dubai, Qatar, Munich, Amsterdam and Toronto in the past six months as representatives of the ASC. I am excited to announce that we are now extending that global outreach to China.” For more information, visit www.theasc.com. To read the Chinese issue of American Cinematographer, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4l_Tu2kQOTDRVFVOFR0YlJ3ckU/view Or to learn more, watch the promo video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY0qFsx6gtA
  2. I'd like to introduce you to The Nostalgist, my latest sci-fi short film that featured on the American Cinematographer (Short Takes section - December 2014) and it is now available online for free on Youtube via WIRED. The cinematography is by Gareth Munden (Lotus Eaters) and the camera operator is Peter Taylor (Jungle Book, Gravity, Kick-Ass, Gladiator). Here’s the link to the film: https://youtu.be/ZzCQtoQ8ypk The film was shot in London over seven days in 2013 with a mixed crew of newcomers and highly skilled professionals and a cast led by French star Lambert Wilson (Suite Francaise, Of Gods and Men, The Matrix Reloaded) and British child actor Samuel Joslin (Paddington, The Impossible). It was shot in 5K with Anamorphic Lenses (Xtal Express) using Red Epic Cameras. The RAW footage was converted in EXR files for the VFX and then re-exported in DPX for the Color Grading. The film was graded at Company 3 (London) by Greg Fisher. The Nostalgist received its worldwide festival premiere at the Palm Springs Short Fest in June 2014, where it was awarded the runner-up prize for live-action short over 15 minutes, and it received its European premiere at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy in July 2014, where it was awarded the first prize as Best Short Film in its Generator 18+ (fiction) section. The short also was also selected for the LA Shorts Fest and FantasticFest in Austin, and its UK premiere was at the BFI London Film Festival in October 2014 in the CULT section. I hope you will enjoy it and of course if you have any question please do not hesitate to contact me.
  3. Collector's Edition Available Now LOS ANGELES (Feb. 3, 2016) - The force is strong with American Cinematographer's just-released February issue, which goes behind the scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to provide an in-depth look at the making of the record-breaking box-office blockbuster. The magazine was granted special access to the production during filming at Pinewood Studios and conducted comprehensive interviews with the filmmakers, including cinematographer Dan Mindel, ASC, BSC; director J.J. Abrams; Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy; and several of the show's key department heads. The special collector's edition is illustrated with a trove of exclusive production stills, behind-the-scenes photos and concept art from the film. "American Cinematographer prides itself on bringing the best and most detailed behind-the-scenes information to our readers, and thanks to our great relationship with Disney, Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams, we were allowed to visit an otherwise closed set," says Stephen Pizzello, the magazine's editor-in-chief and publisher. "Contributing writer Noah Kadner and I were privileged to observe the Star Wars team up close, and the experience provided us with invaluable insights. Our best writers covered all aspects of the production, resulting in an issue that is second to none in terms of in-depth reportage." In addition to covering the work of Mindel, Abrams and Kennedy, the issue offers Kadner's first-person account of the magazine's set visit; coverage of the movie's second-unit cinematography; a piece that examines the project's concept art and the collaboration between co-production designers Rick Carter and Darren Gilford; and comprehensive Q&As with visual-effects supervisor Roger Guyett and Industrial Light & Magic supervisor Pat Tubach, who coordinated effects work by ILM's San Francisco, Vancouver and Singapore facilities. The magazine's Production Slate section is devoted entirely to managing editor Jon Witmer's coverage of the hugely popular animated series Star Wars Rebels, which provides a detailed look at the work of CG lighting and effects supervisor Joel Aron, lighting concept artist Christopher Voy, colorist Sean Wells, and supervising director Dave Filoni. "American Cinematographer has been taking readers on a unique journey behind the scenes of the Star Wars saga from the very beginning, having offered a detailed look at the making of the original trilogy, the Special Editions and the prequels," says Witmer. "We're thrilled to return to that galaxy far, far away at this incredibly exciting time, when new stories and stunning imagery are being crafted in live action and animation, for screens both big and small." Additionally, the issue's Short Takes section offers a historical look at the production and recent restoration of the short film Black Angel, which played in theaters with The Empire Strikes Back during that film's initial release in the U.K. The short was directed by Roger Christian, who had served as set decorator on the original Star Wars, and became one of the very first credits for cinematographer Roger Pratt, BSC. As an added bonus to fans of the franchise, American Cinematographer's back page spotlights director of photography Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS, who is currently in production on the upcoming feature Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The magazine is also offering extended versions of the Abrams and Kennedy interviews online. The February 2016 issue of American Cinematographer is now available for purchase at newsstands and online in the American Cinematographer Store. For more information on American Cinematographer and its parent company, the American Society of Cinematographers, visit the magazine's website, theasc.com, or follow the publication on Facebook and Twitter (@AmericanCine).
  4. Hi,This is my recap about American Cinematographer's question What’s The Best Professional Advice you’ve received? from ASC CLOSE UP start with issue Vol 85 (2004) Enjoy , to be continued... https://fabiopirovano.wordpress.com/2016/01/09/since-vol-85-asc-close-up-best-professional-advice-recap/
  5. Another great article by Phil Rhodes in the June issue of American Cinematographer. This one is for all us film lovers. It discusses the making of a short documentary, the subject of which is a man who owns one of the last film shops in the world, devoted solely to Super 8 and 16mm. He hits all the salient points we talk about here. You can view the film here: http://www.liamsaintpierre.com/the-way-of-the-dodo/ Thanks, Phil!
  6. Does anyone know what issue of AC the original Tron was covered in? The U.S. release date was July of 1982 but I can't seem to find it in any of the mid-1982 or early 1983 back-issues. Thanks.
  7. Magazine's October Edition Includes 46-Page Tribute to the Legendary Artist LOS ANGELES - The prolific career and life of the legendary Gordon Willis, ASC will be the focus of American Cinematographer magazine's October issue, which will include never-before-published excerpts from a conceptual memo on The Godfather, a pictorial spread featuring rare behind-the-scenes photos with Willis' own comments, and personal memories from his collaborators and peers. This is only the second time in the magazine's history that an issue has been dedicated to a sole ASC member. Previously, the May 2003 issue was devoted to Conrad L. Hall. "Gordon Willis had a tremendous impact on the art form, and we wanted to honor and acknowledge his contributions in a meaningful way," said American Cinematographer Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Stephen Pizzello, author of the forthcoming book Gordon Willis on Cinematography. "If there were a Mount Rushmore for cinematographers, Gordon's features would surely be chiseled into the rock face." Willis, who passed away in May, was awarded an honorary Oscar® in 2009 for his lifetime of achievements in cinematography. He was also nominated for Academy Awards® for his work on Zelig and The Godfather: Part III. In addition to the Godfather trilogy, his credits include such memorable films as Klute, The Paper Chase, The Parallax View, The Drowning Pool, All the President's Men, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Stardust Memories, Pennies from Heaven, Broadway Danny Rose, Presumed Innocent, and Malice. The ASC honored Willis with its Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. The commemorative issue includes interviews with prominent directors, actors, crewmembers and admirers who worked with Willis during his career, including Francis Ford Coppola, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, James Caan, Jane Fonda, and ASC members Owen Roizman, Michael Chapman, Caleb Deschanel and John Bailey, among others. In addition to the anecdotes and insights from Willis' peers, the magazine will feature unforgettable images from Willis' films, a Q&A chapter titled "Supervising a Set" from Pizzello's book, and personal essays by ASC President Richard Crudo and writer Jon Boorstin, associate producer of All the President's Men and director's assistant on The Parallax View. "Since Gordon Willis was one of the greatest cinematographers who ever lived, this issue promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime collector's piece," notes ASC President Richard Crudo. "Anyone with an interest in his work will certainly want to keep it for future reference as well as for its fascinating insights to what he was like as a man." The October issue of American Cinematographer is available to purchase online now in the American Cinematographer Store or on newsstands in late September. For more information on American Cinematographer, visit the magazine's website, or follow the publication on Facebook and Twitter (@AmericanCine).
  8. Longtime Editor Stephen Pizzello Assumes Dual Roles The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has appointed Stephen Pizzello to serve as editor-in-chief and publisher of its flagship magazine American Cinematographer. Other editorial appointments include the promotions of Jon Witmer to managing editor, and Rachael Bosley to managing director of the ASC's website (theasc.com) and social media channels. Andrew Fish has been brought on to serve as associate editor, and Kelly Brinker is the magazine's new photo editor. The ASC Board promoted Pizzello from his previous position as executive editor, a title he held for 19 years. During Pizzello's tenure as executive editor, American Cinematographer earned six Folio: Editorial Excellence Awards ("Eddies"), 10 Maggie Awards, and dozens of Maggie nominations. As a writer, he has earned two Eddie Awards, a Maggie Award and six other Maggie nominations. Witmer previously fulfilled the role of associate editor, and Bosley was a senior editor. Fish is an independent blogger for The Huffington Post and a former staff editor at Venice magazine. Brinker is a photography instructor and former photojournalist. Now in its 95th year, American Cinematographer is one of the entertainment industry's oldest monthly print journals. Its mission is to "serve filmmakers by exploring the artistic thought processes of the film industry's most innovative and talented directors of photography, and explaining the technical means by which they realize their creative visions, whether on film, video, or with computers." In fulfilling those goals, the magazine "seeks to keep readers abreast of advancements in all facets of motion-picture imaging technology - the tools cinematographers use to ply their trade - and to inform them of visually extraordinary productions, including feature films, television shows, commercials and music videos."
  9. I need to get rid of my magazine collection. I have approximately 15 years of American Cinematographer magazines and 5-7 years of ICG. Please email me directly if you're interested. I am in the Studio City, CA area. Thanks, Paul Marschall paulmfilm@gmail.com
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