Si Bell reports a new look on Ripper Street

On Boxing Day, BBC hit crime series Ripper Street will return for series four, opening with a feature length version titled The Strangers Home, featuring returning characters Bennet Drake played by Jerome Flynn and Reid played by Matthew McFadden. New faces join the returning cast including Abel Croker played by David Threlfall and Commissioner Augustus … Read more

Woody Allen goes digital with Sony F65

Sony has confirmed that filmmaker Woody Allen has chosen Sony CineAlta F65 for his first-ever digital shoot, to be lensed by Vittorio Storaro AIC ASC. The currently untitled production will be mastered in 4K. Storaro, the three-time Academy Award winning cinematographer for Apocalypse Now, Reds and The Last Emperor, has dedicated his professional work to … Read more

The Production Guild announces 2015 UK film & TV awards winners

The Production Guild of Great Britain paid tribute to leading UK film and TV industry professionals on September 17th with its awards which recognise remarkable achievements made by its members. The awards come at a time when the creative success of the UK film and TV industry and its contribution to UK economy has never … Read more

Kodak names Steve Bellamy as president of motion picture and entertainment

Kodak has appointed Steve Bellamy as its new president of motion picture and entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, Bellamy will be responsible for growing and deepening Kodak’s relationships with creative luminaries and business leaders in the entertainment industry, working on creative advocacy programmes, creating partnerships and new business models, and developing Kodak-branded solutions for the … Read more

Codex Action Cams powers new Headcase VR cinema camera

Codex has supplied multiple Codex Action Cam systems for the pioneering virtual reality (VR) rig developed by Radiant Images, a provider of innovative digital cinema solutions, high-end cameras and equipment, and virtual reality content studio Headcase VR. The Headcase Cinema Camera is the world’s highest-quality virtual reality camera system, comprising of 17 synchronised Codex Action … Read more

Creative England appoints Caroline Cooper Charles as head of film

Caroline Cooper Charles, previously Creative England’s senior film enterprise executive and head of creative development at Warp X, has been appointed the organisation’s new head of film. Creative England is responsible for film initiatives iFeatures and iShorts, and has backed features including Notes On Blindness, 45 Years, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King and … Read more

BAFTA commemorates UK state visit of China president Xi Jinping

His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge, president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, presented a BAFTA gift to Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China, at Lancaster House, London, during the official state visit by the Chinese leader in October. The gift – an original artwork from the BAFTA … Read more

Jackson Hole winners announced

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, the premier event of the nature and conservation genre, announced the winners of its 13th biennial festival at the Grand Teton Awards Gala on October 1st. The awards celebration concluded a five-day industry conference that engaged leading filmmakers, organisations, scientists, broadcasters and visionaries in conservation and wildlife media to … Read more

New Tiffen Steadicam M-1 looms large in Japan

TOHO Studios, the Tokyo production house responsible for the original Godzilla and its current remake, as well as Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa, has purchased the new Tiffen Steadicam M-1 camera stabiliser for its current and future feature projects. Senior cameraman Kosuke Yamada had been looking at the M-1 since its launch, and brought … Read more

ASC to bestow honours on Toll, Peterson and Bennett

John Toll ASC, Bill Bennett ASC and Lowell Peterson ASC will be recognised for their contributions to the art of cinematography at the 30th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement on February 14, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Century City, Los Angeles. Oscar-winner Toll will receive the society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. … Read more

The Leica Summilux-C lenses arrive at Movietech

Independent camera, lens and grip specialist, Movietech has introduced the Leica Summilux-C range of lenses to its hire inventory. Featuring 11 focal lengths from 16mm to 100mm, at T1.4 the Summilux-C PL mount primes are among the fastest modern lens sets currently available. With superb resolution and high contrast ratios the lenses present clear, highly-accurate … Read more

Slocombe steals the limelight at Academy party in London

Centenarian cinematographer Douglas Slocombe BSC made the headlines recently after a high-profile film industry event in London. Reported in the Daily Mail, although actress Cate Blanchett was just one of many A-listers at a special reception hosted by US Ambassador, Matthew Barzun, for European members of the Academy of Arts And Motion Picture Sciences, it … Read more

Franklin Dow wins an Emmy for Virunga

Up-and-coming British cinematographer Franklin Dow recently won a Primetime Emmy for his outstanding work on Virunga, the 2014 British documentary film directed by Orlando von Einsiedel. The production focuses on the conservation work of rangers within Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – home to the world’s last mountain gorillas ­­– … Read more