Dariusz Wolski, ASC at the camera while shooting Ridley Scott's historical epic.

New Jan. 2024 Issue of AC: Focus on Director-Cinematographer Collaboration

Coverage includes Napoleon, Ferrari and Poor Things — with directors Ridley Scott, Michael Mann and Yorgos Lanthimos — as well as reportage on The Killer and Priscilla.

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Subscribers will soon receive their print copies of this edition — Vol. 105 No. 1 — and the digital edition is now live.

On Our Cover: Napoleon Bonaparte (Joaquin Phoenix) leads French troops into battle in Napoleon, shot by Dariusz Wolski, ASC and directed by Ridley Scott. (Image courtesy of Apple Original Films.)

Inside this issue:

Dariusz Wolski, ASC breaks down his battle plan for Napoleon, and director Ridley Scott discusses his ongoing collaboration with the cinematographer.

Erik Messerschmidt, ASC details his approach to David Fincher’s The Killer and Michael Mann’s Ferrari. Mann discusses some of the creative considerations that came into play on his car-racing drama, and Davis DiLillo of Lightcraft explains how drone-mounted cameras helped capture some action on the track.

Philippe Le Sourd, ASC, AFC shares his perspective on shooting Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, his fourth collaboration with the director.

Robbie Ryan, BSC, ISC and director Yorgos Lanthimos discuss bringing their intuitive approach to the large-scale, stage-bound production Poor Things.

President’s Desk: ASC President Shelly Johnson reflects on the artistry and impact of the late John Bailey, ASC, who died at 81 in November 2023.

The Virtual World: Virtual-production supervisor Adrian Weber and visual-effects supervisor Tim Barter explain how an LED wall was deployed to evoke early-cinema effects on Poor Things.

Shot Craft: A close look at scenes in Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Raiders of the Lost Ark reveals how imaginative blocking can advance the story.

Clubhouse News: The latest bulletins from the Society feature the 31st annual EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival, and announcements of the passing of ASC members John Bailey and Victor J. Kemper.

Wrap Shot: Napoléon (1927), directed by Abel Gance, and shot by Léonce-Henri Burel, Jules Kruger, Joseph-Louis Mundwiller and Nikolai Toporkoff.

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