Inside the New April Issue of AC

This edition offers a special focus on lighting, with a piece on art that inspires and another on the lighting of WandaVision

At top, Jess Hall, ASC lines up a shot on WandaVision. On our cover is a striking 2014 photograph taken by ASC member Phedon Papamichael which shows his wife, Ekaterina, posed in a shaft of light amid the unrestored frescoes of the 6th-century Georgian Orthodox Jvari Monastery, located near Mtskheta in eastern Georgia. Papamichael used a Panasonic Lumix GX1.

The April 2021 edition of American Cinematographer offers a special focus on lighting, with a piece on art that inspires and another on the lighting of WandaVision. We also present a look at a live-comedy shoot, a feature photographed and released during the pandemic, and a cinematographer-director partnership — as well as a guide to lens testing and a report on the Society’s Future Practices Committee. 

Here’s our full slate of coverage:

• Shot Craft: “Generic” lens testing — a step-by-step guide.

• Society members Michael Goi, Ed Lachman, Natasha Braier and Kramer Morgenthau reveal the artists and works of art that have inspired their lighting and creative choices.

• Jess Hall, ASC, BSC and director Matt Shakman discuss their homage to classic-sitcom lighting for the Disney+ superhero series WandaVision.

• John Simmons, ASC on the Kevin Hart comedy special he shot amid Covid protocols.

• Marcell Rév, HCA on the feature drama Malcolm & Marie, captured on black-and-white film — and early in lockdown.

• ASC President Stephen Lighthill and ASC Future Practices Committee co-chair and Society member Amelia Vincent offer their thoughts in AC’s report on the committee’s addressing of Covid-era challenges.

• Picture Partners: Cinematographer Joe “Jody” Williams and director Craig Brewer on their collaboration that began on Empire and led to Coming 2 America.

• New Products and Services: Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC and daughter Francesca on their new line of LED fixtures, The Muses of Light.

• World View: A map of upcoming industry events and international news.

• In Memoriam: AC honors the memory of Society members Gerald Feil and Giuseppe Rotunno.

• Wrap Shot: Tying in with WandaVision’s classic-TV motif, AC offers an iconic behind-the-scenes still from the 1960s sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show.

This April issue will be released to our digital-edition subscribers soon, and is currently in the mail for our print subscribers. Not an AC subscriber yet? Do it today.

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