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April Issue of American Cinematographer Arrives

The Last of Us and Daisy Jones and The Six covered in new edition also featuring ASC members Robert Legato, Sam Nicholson and Checco Varese.

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On Our Cover: A wary survivor of a global pandemic (Pedro Pascal) peers out at a world overrun by the “infected,” who have mutated into horrific new forms, in The Last of Us. (Photo by Liane Hentscher, courtesy of HBO.)

Our April 2023 issue of AC presents coverage of the series The Last of Us and Daisy Jones & The Six; a conversation with visual-effects innovator Robert Legato, ASC about broadcast television’s role as a testing ground for virtual-production techniques; a profile of 2023 Curtis Clark ASC Technical Achievement Award honoree Sam Nicholson, ASC; a look at the French drama Athena; and an explanation of electrical distribution on set.


Ksenia Sereda, RGC while shooting The Last of Us.

In his monthly column, ASC President Stephen Lighthill reflects on the increasing use of AI to create images.


The Last of Us cinematographers Ksenia Sereda, RGC; Eben Bolter, BSC; Nadim Carlsen, DFF; and Christine A. Maier, AAC, BVK, along with showrunner Craig Mazin, explain how visuals grounded in reality contribute to the drama. (An expanded version of this story is now available.)


Directors of photography Checco Varese, ASC and Jeff Cutter capture the emotional turbulence that helps propel a 1970s band to fame for the 10-part miniseries Daisy Jones & The Six.


Cinematographer and visual-effects supervisor Robert Legato, ASC considers the ongoing evolution of virtual production and its roots in broadcast television.


Curtis Clark ASC Technical Achievement Award honoree Sam Nicholson, ASC explains how an attraction to uncharted territory has shaped his career.


Sam Nicholson, ASC conducting a lighting test.

Shot Craft: An introduction to electrical distribution on set, featuring a breakdown of the components that are common on today’s motion-picture productions.


Global Village: Cinematographer Matias Boucard, AFC reveals how the 10-minute, action-packed shot that opens Athena was created.


Clubhouse News: The latest bulletins from the Society feature new member Christian Sprenger; a BLK Behind the Camera event featuring ASC members Ernest Dickerson, Kira Kelly, Tommy Maddox-Upshaw, Donald A. Morgan and John Simmons; and Fujifilm/Fujinon Lens Day.


Wrap Shot: Night of the Living Dead (1968), directed and shot by George A. Romero.


The digital edition of this issue is now available for AC subscribers; the print edition is being delivered soon. Not a subscriber yet? Do it today.





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