In this special commemorative issue, the cinematographer’s colleagues reflect on his lasting impact on the art and craft of filmmaking.
The upcoming October/November 2020 issue of American Cinematographer features a focus on the lasting legacies of an ASC legend and a renowned ASC associate; cinematographers who have traveled the globe and shared their knowledge with members of local communities; ASC members who also direct; a retrospective on AC’s coverage of the 2000s; and an extended look at new products with a special focus on lighting.
A Tribute to the Career and Legacy of Allen Daviau, ASC
AC looks back at the influential career of five-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer, whose credits include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun, The Color Purple, Bugsy and Avalon, and who was honored with the ASC Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Daviau’s colleagues reflect on the cinematographer’s lasting impact on the art and craft of cinematography and filmmaking. (Cover portrait by Owen Roizman, ASC.)
Chronicle Documents Current State of Covid-19
Ellen Kuras, ASC discusses her project Chronicle, a “cinematic portrait” currently in progress that explores the Covid-19 pandemic as experienced by people throughout the world. The article also offers examples of how ASC members have a long history of mentoring students and emerging artists, travelling internationally and to share their knowledge of cinematography with those who wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to interact with the industry’s top practitioners.
Directing and Visual Storytelling
ASC members who also direct — Michael Goi, Ernest Dickerson and Dana Gonzales — discuss their experiences in working on this other side of the camera, a practice that was established with the very founding of the Society.
Cinematographer Quyen “Q” Tran reflects on her career arc and her two most recent projects, the Netflix series Unbelievable and the indie feature Palm Springs.
In this Netflix series photographed by David Odd, BSC and Piers McGrail, ISC, an international manhunt tests family ties in a crime drama featuring eye-catching cinematography. Interviewer Steven Fierberg, ASC leads the discussion.
Examining how employing different qualities of light — from hard to soft, close to distant — will affect your images, and how understanding the science of photometrics will offer you new creative choices. Also, Christopher Probst, ASC considers the process of re-housing vintage optics.
Remembering Denny Clairmont
A tribute to ASC associate member and founder of Clairmont Camera, for his contributions to the advancement of filmmaking. Clairmont was the recipient of the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2011, as well as the ASC Bud Stone Award of Distinction in 2015.
AC Retrospective: The 2000s
Continuing AC’s retrospective throughout our 100th-anniversary year, we look back on the 2000s, when the magazine covered such seminal pictures as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Departed, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, and many more.
New Products: Lighting
An extended version of our New Products & Services section, with a special focus on lighting gear.