1st Edition

Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers The Eye Behind the Lens

By Jacqueline Frost Copyright 2021
    456 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    456 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Packed with gems of wisdom from the current 'masters of light’, this collection of conversations with twenty leading contemporary cinematographers provides invaluable insight into the art and craft of cinematography.

    Jacqueline Frost’s interviews provide unprecedented insight into the role as cinematographers discuss selecting projects, the conceptual and creative thinking that goes into devising a visual strategy, working with the script, collaborating with leading directors such as Martin Scorcese, Spike Lee, and Ava DuVernay, the impact of changing technology, and offer advice for aspiring cinematographers.

    Interviews include Maryse Alberti, John Bailey, Robert Elswit, Kirsten Johnson, Kira Kelly, Ellen Kuras, Edward Lachman, Matthew Libatique, John Lindley, Seamus McGarvey, Reed Morano, Polly Morgan, Rachel Morrison, Rodrigo Prieto, Cynthia Pusheck, Harris Savides, Nancy Schrieber, John Seale, Sandi Sissel, Dante Spinotti, Salvatore Totino, Amy Vincent and Mandy Walker.

    Filled with valuable information and advice for aspiring cinematographers, directors, and filmmakers, this is essential reading for anyone interested in the art and craft of cinematography.

    Table of Contents



    Chapter 1 – Maryse Alberti, ASC (Collateral Beauty, Creed, The Wrestler)

    Chapter 2 – John Bailey, ASC (Ordinary People, In the Line of Fire, The Greatest)

    Chapter 3 – Robert Elswit, ASC (There Will Be Blood, The Bourne Legacy, Salt)

    Chapter 4 – Kirsten Johnson (Fahrenheit 9/11, Cameraperson, Trapped)

    Chapter 5 – Kira Kelly (Queen Sugar, 13th, Self Made)

    Chapter 6 – Ellen Kuras, ASC (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blow, Bamboozled)

    Chapter 7 – Edward Lachman, ASC (Dark Waters, Carol, Erin Brockovich)

    Chapter 8 – Matthew Libatique, ASC (A Star is Born, Black Swan, Venom)

    Chapter 9 – John Lindley, ASC (Reservation Road, You’ve Got Mail, Pleasantville)

    Chapter 10 – Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (The Greatest Showman, Atonement, The Hours)

    Chapter 11 – Reed Morano, ASC (The Handmaid’s Tale, I Think We’re Alone Now, The Godmother)

    Chapter 12 – Polly Morgan, ASC, BSC (A Quiet Place II, Lucy in the Sky, Legion)

    Chapter 13 – Rachel Morrison, ASC (Mudbound, Black Panther, Seberg)

    Chapter 14 – Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC (The Irishman, Brokeback Mountain, Wolf of Wall Street)

    Chapter 15 – Cynthia Pusheck, ASC (CSI Miami, Good Girls Revolt, Brother and Sisters)

    Chapter 16 – Harris Savides, ASC (Zodiac, American Gangster, Milk)

    Chapter 17 – Nancy Schrieber, ASC (Mapplethorpe, Motherhood, The Nines)

    Chapter 18 – John Seale, ASC, ACS (The Tourist, The English Patient, City of Angels)

    Chapter 19 – Sandi Sissel, ASC, ACS (Salaam Bombay, Mother Teresa, Master and Commander)

    Chapter 20 – Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC (Public Enemies, Red Dragon, Wonder Boys)

    Chapter 21 – Salvatore Totino, ASC, AIC (Everest, The Davinchi Code, Frost/Nixon)

    Chapter 22 – Amy Vincent, ASC (Footloose, Eves Bayou, Hustle and Flow)

    Chapter 23 – Mandy Walker, ACS, ACS (Australia, Hidden Figures, Mulan)



    Jacqueline B. Frost has been an educator in film production, cinematography and film history for thirty years. She has continued to produce and photograph films that have screened in film festivals worldwide throughout her academic career. She is currently a Professor at California State University, Fullerton where she teaches Cinematography, Documentary production and the Language of Film. Frost is currently cinematographer and co-producer on a feature length documentary and she is the author of Cinematography for Directors.