New July 2022 Issue of AC Lands

Television production is showcased, with a focus on how cinematographers establish a signature visual style with a show’s pilot episode.

At top, in the sci-fi series Halo, Master Chief (Pablo Schreiber) takes on villainous Covenant forces on the planet Madrigal.

The July 2022 issue of American Cinematographer features a special focus on television cinematography — going behind the scenes on Halo, The Man Who Fell to Earth, The Offer and three recent pilots, and detailing virtual-production techniques employed on Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. 

Here’s a detailed look at our coverage:

AC July, 2022 — Yakuza gangster Sato (Sho Kasamatsu) is a key figure in Tokyo Vice, shot by John Grillo. (Photo by James Lisle, courtesy of HBO Max.)

AC speaks with cinematographers John Grillo (Tokyo Vice); Vanja Černjul, ASC, HFS (The Gilded Age); and Danny Cohen, BSC (Slow Horses) about how they establish a signature style on a show’s pilot.

Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, ASC describes his approach to the series The Man Who Fell to Earth — a follow-up to Nicolas Roeg’s iconic 1976 film — including how he employed stylized in-camera techniques to help achieve the special look of the show.

Karl-Walter Lindenlaub, ASC, BVK discusses his collaboration with director Otto Bathurst and production designer Sophie Becher on the sci-fi series Halo, based on the popular videogame.

Salvatore Totino, ASC, AIC delves into his re-creation of 1970s Hollywood and New York for the series The Offer, depicting the tumultuous production of The Godfather.

Shooting Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. (Click to enlarge.)

The Virtual World: Cinematographer Magdalena Gorka, ASC, PSC and VFX team members break down the virtual-production techniques employed on the series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Clubhouse News: The latest bulletins from the Society feature the welcoming of Sandra Valde-Hansen and Craig Wrobleski as new members; the first in-person ASC Master Class since 2019; ASC-led lighting workshops at NAB; an ASC partnership with Red Digital Cinema and Jackson Wild; and this year’s Pierre Angénieux Tribute to Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC at Cannes.

Wrap Shot: A salute to Brianne Murphy, ASC, who in 1980 became the first woman cinematographer invited to join the Society.

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