ASC Announces 2018 Honorees

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:10 -- Nick Dager

In recognition of their special contributions to the art of cinematography, the American Society of Cinematographers has named four honorees to be feted at the 32nd ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Russell Carpenter will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Russell Boyd will earn the International Award; Alan Caso will get the Career Achievement in Television Award; and Stephen Lighthill will take home the Presidents Award. The presentations will be made at the annual ASC awards gala on February 17, 2018, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.

Creating a Naturalistic Look

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 10:55 -- Nick Dager

Writer/director Paul Shoulberg’s vision for his feature The Good Catholic was to have it not look like a typical romantic comedy, but to take on a more naturalistic look and feel. To help achieve that vision, cinematographer Justin Montgomery, who worked with Shoulberg on a previous short project, selected Cooke’s S4/i prime lenses to take advantage of their warmth and bokeh, giving images a creamy quality with sharpness.

Documenting the Unimaginable

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 14:58 -- Nick Dager

The Workshop’s True North is an inspiring documentary about Sean Swarner, who in 2002 became the first cancer survivor to reach the top of Mount Everest. He’s kept climbing ever since spreading his encouraging message of hope. In a span of five years, the two-time cancer survivor with only one functioning lung scaled the Seven Summits, the highest mountains in each of the seven continents.

Giving Reality a Cinematic Look

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 14:36 -- Nick Dager

MTV’s new reality series, Siesta Key, takes the tried and tested concept of earlier efforts like Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and moves it to Florida, following a new group of young adults confronting issues of love, heartbreak, betrayal, class, and looming adulthood as they spend the summer together in their beautiful hometown. Siesta Key is set on a small barrier island off the coast of Sarasota. Cinematographer Gareth Paul Cox shot the series with VariCam 35 and LT cinema cameras.

Cinema Vérité Anne with an E

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:21 -- Nick Dager

Anne with an E, a Netflix series, is a filmed adaptation of the classic coming-of-age 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The series was shot by cinematographer Bobby Shore, CSC with Panasonic VariCam 35 cinema cameras. As a teenager growing up in Canada, Shore was a huge fan of director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) and his cinematographer, Matthew Libatique, ASC. While studying film at Concordia University in Montreal, he worked as an extra on the set of Abandon (2002), a feature film shot by Libatique. “When I would read about movies he [Libatique] was working on, it always seemed like his work came from an emotionally driven place,” reveals Shore. “It was easy for me to latch on to his ideas.”


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