September Issue of AC Arrives with After the Wedding

The new edition of American Cinematographer delivers a diverse slate of global coverage, featuring the dramatic feature After the Wedding, period musical Stand!, period miniseries Death and Nightingales and documentary The Silver Branch.

As editor and publisher Stephen Pizzello describes in his opening note, “While both the ASC and this magazine are distinctly American entities, our parent organization and its flagship publications are truly global in reach.” 

Many Society members hail from foreign shores, he continues, and the ASC has cultivated its worldly status through initiatives that include International Master Classes, domestic Master Classes that draw attendees from many different regions, and the biannual International Summit.    

“This issue reflects our embrace of productions shot all over the world, as well as the Society’s respect and admiration for colleagues in other countries.

“Argentinian ASC member Julio Macat shot in both New York and India on the dramatic feature After the Wedding, noting that the footage captured abroad lent those scenes an evocative authenticity. 

Director Bart Freundlich and Macat plan a setup for the wedding-reception sequence. "I don't think we make enough films that are from the heart like this one is," the cinematographer says.
The New York locations were meant to be "upscale and rich, so it made sense that it would be a cooler world," says Macat.
The New York locations were meant to be "upscale and rich, so it made sense that it would be a cooler world," says Macat.

Roy H. Wagner, ASC traveled to Western Canada to shoot Stand!, a period musical about a romance that blossoms against a backdrop of labor unrest during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. In adapting the move from its theatrical source (the Canadian musical play Strike!), the filmmakers sought to widen the story to include the perspectives of Indigenous people, African-Canadians and women in an era of social upheaval, while framing authentic locations.

Cast and crew capture a scene outside of Winnipeg's historic Gordon House.
Cast and crew capture a scene outside of Winnipeg's historic Gordon House.

AC’s London corresponded, Phil Rhodes, provides reports on two productions shot near his post: Death and Nightingales, a period miniseries staged in Northern Ireland [shot by Stephen Murphy], and The Silver Branch, a documentary set amid the natural splendor of western Ireland’s Burren National Forest [directed and shot by Katrina Costello].” 

For this sequence on the water in Death and Nightingales, cinematographer Stephen Murphy explains, "key grip Ben Moseley used a Scorpio Stabilized Head on a [Grip Factory Munich] GF-8 crane rigged to a mobile pontoon, giving us flexibility to track with the canoes."
For this sequence on the water in Death and Nightingales, cinematographer Stephen Murphy explains, "key grip Ben Moseley used a Scorpio Stabilized Head on a [Grip Factory Munich] GF-8 crane rigged to a mobile pontoon, giving us flexibility to track with the canoes."
The Silver Branch director-cinematographer Katrina Costello.
A view of Mullaghmore, a limestone hill in the Burren.
A view of Mullaghmore, a limestone hill in the Burren.

Also featured in this issue as part of the magazine’s ongoing celebration of the ASC’s centennial is an overview of the Society’s international influence, as well as an insightful “Close-Up” profile on Polly Morgan, ASC, BSC. 

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