Nominations announced for 2019 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

BAFTA has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2019, with the BSC's own Robbie Ryan, Newton Thomas Sigel, Łukasz Żal, Linus Sandgren and Alfonso Cuarón nominated for the 'Cinematography' accolade.

ASC Reveals Feature and Television Nominees For 33rd Awards

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the nominees for all categories of the 33rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, with nominations for three members of the BSC, including Robbie Ryan's The Favourite in the Theatrical Release category. Image:© 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Nigel Willoughby BSC on Lost In London

Cinematographer Nigel Willoughby kindly wrote-in with details about his work on the groundbreaking simultaneous live production and broadcast of Lost In London, directed by Woody Harrelson.

Varicam helps meet deadlines on Crazy Rich Asians

Panasonic’s VariCam Pure was selected by DP Vanja Černjul ASC HFC as the primary camera for the romantic comedy-drama Crazy Rich Asians, which has already grossed over $150m.

Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses bring cinematic look to Doctor Who

Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses have brought a new cinematic look to latest series of BBC1’s Doctor Who. Cinematographer Denis Crossan BSC and director Jamie Childs shot the first episode that set the look and feel for the new series, which began its run on 7 October 2018.

BSC calls for drama submissions at new awards evening

Submissions for the British Society Of Cinematographers’ Award For 'Best Cinematography In A TV Drama 2018' are still open, but you only have just over a month to get your entry in.

Early Years of Freddie Mercury lensed with Vintage Cooke Speed Panchros

Newton Thomas Sigel ASC combined original glass with a special LUT to express the look of the period in Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody. Image credit: Alex Bailey

EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2018 Winners!

The fantastic EnergaCAMERIMAGE festival is over for another year, and we salute all the winners in Poland in 2018, including three BSC members.

26th Edition OF EnergaCAMERIMAGE officially opened

The 26th edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, EnergaCAMERIMAGE, was officially opened on Saturday in the Opera Nova Congress Centre in Bydgoszcz. Highlights of the Opening Gala included Witold Sobociński receiving the Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award. Photo: Paweł Skraba

Inside The New Issue: 90

We predict a riot as subscribers look to get a first look at our November edition featuring Dick Pope BSC's work on ENERGAcamerimage Golden Frog contended Peterloo, along with more historical productions from John Mathieson BSC, Newton Thomas Sigel ASC and Linus Sandgren FSF. Get a sneak preview of this, and more, that subscribers can enjoy in the new issue of British Cinematographer magazine - released 12th November.

ScreenSkills is born and launches ‘Giving Back’ initiative

Creative Skillset has adopted a new name, ScreenSkills, to more clearly reflect the work they do delivering a skilled workforce for the UK’s screen industries, and has launched with an initiative called 'Giving Back'.

Support Black T-Week In Honour of Mark Milsome

Black T-Week will take place between 18th and 24th November in support of the aims of the new Mark Milsome Foundation. Make sure to get your MMF T-Shirt today and wear it in support during Black T-Week.

Hollywood star Jack O’Connell receives Honorary Degree from University of Derby

Hollywood star Jack O’Connell became an Honorary Master of the Arts last night, when he received an Honorary Degree from the University of Derby at a special event held to mark QUAD’s tenth anniversary.

Nominations announced for 2019 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

BAFTA has announced the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2019, with the BSC's own Robbie Ryan, Newton Thomas Sigel, Łukasz Żal, Linus Sandgren and Alfonso Cuarón nominated for the 'Cinematography' accolade.

ASC Reveals Feature and Television Nominees For 33rd Awards

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the nominees for all categories of the 33rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards, with nominations for three members of the BSC, including Robbie Ryan's The Favourite in the Theatrical Release category. Image:© 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Nigel Willoughby BSC on Lost In London

Cinematographer Nigel Willoughby kindly wrote-in with details about his work on the groundbreaking simultaneous live production and broadcast of Lost In London, directed by Woody Harrelson.

Varicam helps meet deadlines on Crazy Rich Asians

Panasonic’s VariCam Pure was selected by DP Vanja Černjul ASC HFC as the primary camera for the romantic comedy-drama Crazy Rich Asians, which has already grossed over $150m.

Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses bring cinematic look to Doctor Who

Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses have brought a new cinematic look to latest series of BBC1’s Doctor Who. Cinematographer Denis Crossan BSC and director Jamie Childs shot the first episode that set the look and feel for the new series, which began its run on 7 October 2018.

BSC calls for drama submissions at new awards evening

Submissions for the British Society Of Cinematographers’ Award For 'Best Cinematography In A TV Drama 2018' are still open, but you only have just over a month to get your entry in.

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Łukasz Żal – Cold War

A Silver Frog champion at the 2018 EnergaCamerimage festival, DP Łukasz Żal' PSCs collaboration with filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War is certainly hotting up during awards season. Żal speaks exclusively to Trevor Hogg and British Cinematographer in this extended interview about the sheer volume of prep-work needed, the use of black and white and high contrast imagery, and which scene perfectly encapsulates how the film was shot. Image c/o Amazon Studios.

Across the Pond

December 2018: Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings

Mark London Williams' cup has positively "runneth over" during the past month, and he reflects on hectic events on the cinematography scene in L.A. this past month. Read on about Band Pro Film & Digital honoring of Dean Cundey ASC's The Thing, Tiffen Company's open house, Women in Media’s Holiday Celebration and upcoming ASC honoree Robert Richardson ASC.

Talking Heads

Mike Eley BSC “Credit Worthy”

In the November 2018 edition of British Cinematographer, Mike Eley BSC's President's column got us thinking about the ways in which cinematographers, and other below-the-line departments, are currently getting squeezed out of public acknowledgement.

Innovator

Gerhard Baier – Leitz Cine Wetzlar

Ernst Leitz Wetzlar is the new name of the CW Sonderoptic lens manufacturing company - a homage to Ernst Leitz, who created Leica over a century ago in the German city of Wetzlar. MD Gerhard Baier talks to us about the blossoming of the company.

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Nanu Segal / An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Stylish, absurdist comedy, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, was shot in the remote Californian town of Eureka. Here, British DP and NFTS graduate, Nanu Segal talks us through the unique creative challenges she faced bringing the low-budget indie to life.

Clapperboard

Nina Kellgren BSC

Recently named the BFI’s most prolific female cinematographer, Nina Kellgren BSC, now an IMAGO board member, has garnered a 30-year career which has brought her BAFTAs along with respect and admiration. Read about how she began her odyssey with Kurosawa, how Channel 4's launch shaped her future in the '80s, and why she is pursuing more inclusivity for female DPs.

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John Pardue BSC / Luther

Multi-award winning BBC crime drama Luther returns to TV screens tonight (January 1st) for a new four-part series. DP John Pardue shot the episodes and wrote in to British Cinematographer to tell us all about creating their stunning visuals. Image: BBC - Photographer: Des Willie

Meet the New Wave

Will Baldy

Will Baldy found a means of escapism through filmmaking and learnt as he went along - shooting whatever he could and following the advice of his peers to get out there and "start lighting". Learn more about his journey so far.

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Barry Ackroyd BSC / The Outlaw King

Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd BSC's latest work, on Netflix's Robert The Bruce biopic, The Outlaw King, saw him use Panavision Millenium DXL cameras paired with Panavision Primo 70 large format lenses and Angénieux Optimo zooms. Read on to discover how the film's epic Scottish landscapes and visceral battle sequences translated to screen.

Gaffers R Us

Paul McGeachan

Glaswegian Paul McGeachan worked his way up from being a qualified electrician, to the stores, to fully-fledged gaffer on titles like The Danish Girl, The King's Speech and Florence Foster Jenkins. Learn more about the man himself in our latest feature.

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Newton Thomas Sigel ASC / Bohemian Rhapsody

A celebration of Queen and their frontman Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody was lit by American cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel ASC. He tells British Cinematographer about the processes behind spectacularly recreating the band’s iconic Live Aid concert, the changing looks during the band’s rise to fame, and his enthusiasm for visually placing moments back in time.

Talking Heads

Steven Poster ASC
“Wait and see!”

Steven Poster ASC, national president, International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, recounts how patience can be its own reward when it comes to maintaining artistic intent.

On the Job

John Mathieson BSC / Mary Queen Of Scots

Mary Queen Of Scots is a powerful telling of the relationship between the title character and Elizabeth I in the 16th Century. DP John Mathieson BSC reveals how he contrasted the different looks of the two feature characters, how the older lights were ideal, and why he took full advantage of the period locations.

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Alfonso Cuarón / Roma

Streaming now on Netflix, Roma is a semi-biographical take on legendary Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón's upbringing in the nation's capital, and has already won Venice's Golden Lion and a Bronze Frog at Camerimage.
He speaks exclusively to Trevor Hogg and British Cinematographer about painting his memories on-screen in a contemporary black-and-white look, rotoscoping almost every shot, and restaging the infamous Corpus Christi Massacre.
Image by Carlos Somonte.

Spotlight

Pinewood Creative Services

Pinewood Group offers more than just massive sound stages, facilities and backlots. Through its Pinewood Creative Services, a whole film and TV workflow is available to productions worldwide, encompassing everything from front-end dailies to DI, from immersive audio to localisation dubbing, and from on-set HDR camera tests to remote collaboration with DPs and the world’s biggest VFX facilities.

Camera Creative

Dick Pope BSC / Peterloo

The acclaimed productionPeterloo, shot by Dick Pope BSC, depicts a bloody and brutal episode in British history. Pope tells us why there is never a conventional script on director Mike Leigh’s production, how he rose to the challenge of shooting the spectacular massacre sequence, and how Akira Kurosawa’s techniques influenced how he captured the battle.

Across the Pond

November 2018: Out of Darkness, Cometh Light

Mark London Williams is full of reflection as the year comes to a close in L.A. as he mourns the loss of Nicolas Roeg. Color and low-light are also on his mind with a chat to Mary Poppins Returns costume designer Sandy Powell seguing nicely across to production designer on Camerimage winner The Favourite, Fiona Crombie. There's also more reflection with DP Charlotte Bruus Christensen DFF, and a visit to the American Film Market in a packed edition this month.

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Linus Sandgren FSF / First Man

Linus Sandgren FSF reunited with La La Land director Damien Chazelle to capture the tale of Neil Armstrong's moon voyage in First Man, a contender for the Golden Frog at this month's ENERGAcamerimage festival. Trevor Hogg speaks in depth with Sandgren about film formats, utilising giant LED screens, and the grand use of IMAX for the iconic landing scene.

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Florian Hoffmeister BSC / The Terror

Screening this week at the EnergaCAMERIMAGE festival as one of the contenders for the 'First Look - TV Pilots' prize is Florian Hoffmeister BSC's work on AMC series The Terror, a fantasy-horror set aboard two ships venturing into Arctic waters. DP Hoffmeister tells us all about capturing a nautical journey gone wrong in gorgeous, excruciating detail (Photo Credit: Aidan Monaghan/AMC).

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Sean Bobbitt BSC / Widows

American heist caper Widows, helmed by director Steve McQueen and DP Sean Bobbitt BSC, releases this month in cinemas having premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Trevor Hogg gets into the details with Bobbitt about how the project came about, shooting primarily on location and how to make it work in 'one shot'.

Talking Heads

Mike Eley BSC “The Human Touch”

BSC President Mike Eley wonders whether robots might ever take control of the filmmaking process, in his column from the September edition (89) of British Cinematographer.

Spotlight

Fiilex

Fiilex has a rather unique perspective on lighting. With a dedicated research facility, it designs fixtures from the chip level up, and is thus able to control light on a very small scale indeed. Discover more about what they're all about.

Close-Up

Łukasz Żal – Cold War

A Silver Frog champion at the 2018 EnergaCamerimage festival, DP Łukasz Żal' PSCs collaboration with filmmaker Paweł Pawlikowski, Cold War is certainly hotting up during awards season. Żal speaks exclusively to Trevor Hogg and British Cinematographer in this extended interview about the sheer volume of prep-work needed, the use of black and white and high contrast imagery, and which scene perfectly encapsulates how the film was shot. Image c/o Amazon Studios.

Across the Pond

December 2018: Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings

Mark London Williams' cup has positively "runneth over" during the past month, and he reflects on hectic events on the cinematography scene in L.A. this past month. Read on about Band Pro Film & Digital honoring of Dean Cundey ASC's The Thing, Tiffen Company's open house, Women in Media’s Holiday Celebration and upcoming ASC honoree Robert Richardson ASC.

Talking Heads

Mike Eley BSC “Credit Worthy”

In the November 2018 edition of British Cinematographer, Mike Eley BSC's President's column got us thinking about the ways in which cinematographers, and other below-the-line departments, are currently getting squeezed out of public acknowledgement.

Innovator

Gerhard Baier – Leitz Cine Wetzlar

Ernst Leitz Wetzlar is the new name of the CW Sonderoptic lens manufacturing company - a homage to Ernst Leitz, who created Leica over a century ago in the German city of Wetzlar. MD Gerhard Baier talks to us about the blossoming of the company.

Close-Up

Nanu Segal / An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Stylish, absurdist comedy, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, was shot in the remote Californian town of Eureka. Here, British DP and NFTS graduate, Nanu Segal talks us through the unique creative challenges she faced bringing the low-budget indie to life.

Clapperboard

Nina Kellgren BSC

Recently named the BFI’s most prolific female cinematographer, Nina Kellgren BSC, now an IMAGO board member, has garnered a 30-year career which has brought her BAFTAs along with respect and admiration. Read about how she began her odyssey with Kurosawa, how Channel 4's launch shaped her future in the '80s, and why she is pursuing more inclusivity for female DPs.

Close-Up

John Pardue BSC / Luther

Multi-award winning BBC crime drama Luther returns to TV screens tonight (January 1st) for a new four-part series. DP John Pardue shot the episodes and wrote in to British Cinematographer to tell us all about creating their stunning visuals. Image: BBC - Photographer: Des Willie

Issue 90 – November 2018

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