March 27, 2017

Oscar Winner Mauro Fiore, ASC encores with “The A-TEAM”

By Bob Fisher

What does a cinematographer do for an encore after winning an Oscar? If your name is Mauro Fiore, ASC you follow Avatar with The A-Team. Get ready to take a breath-taking, action-packed journey with four veterans of the war in Iraq who are mercenaries for hire at trouble spots around the world.

The A-Team is an adaption of a hit 1980s television series. There are no computer-generated characters or locations. The film features four flesh and blood human beings who make intimate connections with the audience as they defy overwhelming odds during adventures at locations ranging from the desert in Mexico to Frankfort, Germany, the Long Beach harbor in California and an Iraqi army camp.

Liam Neeson plays Col. “Hannibal” Smith with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Sharlo Copely portraying “Face Man” Peck, “B.A.” Bosco and “Howling Mad” Murdock. “It’s not a simple story,” Fiore says. “There are complex sub-plots.”

Fiore and director Joe Carnahan agreed that the action sequences and locations which are like characters in the story call for a wide screen aspect ratio.

“We produced the film in 35 mm anamorphic film format, because images captured with those lenses feel more organic,” Fiore says. “It’s a richer look.”

The A-Team opens with “Face Man” held prisoner by Mexican drug lords in a makeshift jail in the Baja desert. A gallows provides an ominous visual clue about the destiny awaiting him. “Hannibal” is being held prisoner in a warehouse, “B.A.” is wandering in the desert, and “Howling Mad” is a patient in a mental institution.

Put it on your calendar and see for yourself what happens next. 20th Century-Fox has The A-Team scheduled for global release in June.

About Bob Fisher

Bob Fisher was born and raised in Brooklyn. He earned a journalism degree from Long Island University, and began his career as a cub reporter at the New York Herald Tribune. Fisher was drafted into the U.S. Army in mid-1958. He served for two years as a journalist at an army base in Anniston, Alabama.That experience gave him a different view of the world. Several weeks before he was scheduled to complete his military obligation, Fisher answered an ad for a six-month job in Los Angeles writing a book based on interviews with members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Fisher had no idea what cinematographers did. The attraction was getting to see Los Angeles. Fisher estimates that he has subsequently written between 3,000 and 4,000 magazine articles about cinematographers and other narrative and documentary filmmakers. He is one of seven living honorary members of the American Society of Cinematographers. Four of the others are astronauts.

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