AFC president extends a welcome to AFC Micro Salon 2016

Fluctuat nec mergitur, the Latin phrase meaning “Tossed but not sunk”, has been the motto of the city of Paris since 1358,” writes Nathalie Durand, president of the AFC. “Following the January 7th and November 13th attacks in 2015, it could also be equally applied to the AFC. Our society comprises 135 cinematographers and 64 … Read more

Cirro Lite launches Kino Flo’s new LED products for 2016

Cirro Lite has launched Kino Flo’s new Select range of LEDs for 2016. The product line draws on the classic design of the original Kino Flo, but incorporates the latest advantages of LED technology. The lightweight Select products come with variable Bi-colour adjustment and a smooth, flicker-free dimming range allowing for fine adjustments. Key features … Read more

Cooke’s Anamorphic action on Stratton

Cinematographer Felix Wiedemann chose Anamorphic/i lenses from Cooke Optics, to shoot the action thriller Stratton. The production was Wiedemann’s first collaboration with director Simon West. “Simon has been directing action films for 20 years (his credits include Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and The Expendables 2), so clearly he knows what he’s doing, but … Read more

Alexa 65 notches-up an impressive list of features

Cinec, the biennial international trade fair for cine equipment and technology, will take place from 17-19 September, at the MOC in Munich. Cinec provides a unique marketplace as well as a forum for gathering information, networking, and brainstorming to all professionals engaged in the moving picture industry. In the past few years, 3D stereo and … Read more

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 to shoot with RED 8K Weapon

Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, DP Henry Braham BSC, will be the first production to shoot with RED’s Weapon camera, featuring the 8K RED Dragon sensor. Joining the Weapon 6K, recently released Scarlet-W 5K, and Raven 4.5K in RED’s latest generation DSMC2 line of cameras, the Weapon 8K pushes the envelope of modularity, … Read more

Panavision and Light Iron Unveil Joint Facility in New Orleans

Panavision has opened an expanded New Orleans location. The new 30,500sq/ft space will also house Light Iron’s first brick-and-mortar facility in Louisiana. Panavision acquired Light Iron, a leader in digital workflow solutions, last year. The New Orleans location leverages the strengths of both companies to offer turnkey technology solutions from pre-production through delivery. Paramount’s Jack … Read more

Movietech introduces new Dual Viewfinder

Movietech has launched the Dual Viewfinder, designed and precision-engineered by the company’s in-house product development team. Featuring ARRI 435 ground-glass, housed in an anodised aluminium body with a PL mount, the unit is accurate, balanced, ergonomically styled and fully-compatible with both spherical and Anamorphic lens systems. Supplied in its own flightcase and exclusively available from … Read more

Panasonic VariCam in good health after Dr Foster  debut

That the BBC has ordered a second series of drama Doctor Foster is hardly a surprise. It drew an average weekly audience of 8.2 million across the series, and the finale was watched by 10.1 million, making it the highest-rating drama episode for the BBC since Call The Midwife. Produced by Drama Republic, and written … Read more

“Work is my university” – Chris Menges book review

The life and times, through the films of one of Britain’s greatest cinematographers, will be the feature of an illustrated interview and presentation at the Regent Street Cinema, London, on March 7th, writes Nigel Walters BSC. Chris Menges BSC ASC was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Camerimage Festival Of Cinematography. To celebrate … Read more

Kodak says its film business will return with help from Star Wars

Thanks to directors including J.J. Abrams, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese, Todd Haynes and Paul Greengrass, moviemakers “do not have to worry about film going away anymore,” said Kodak CEO, Jeff Clarke, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens was shot on … Read more

Evidence Camera is hot on Matthews gear

Matthews Studio Equipment’s Burbank manufacturing facility recently caught up with Joel Deutsch, cinematographer/co-owner of Los Angeles-based Evidence Film Studios & Evidence Camera Rentals about the company’s recent purchase of MSE’s newest support. The Matthews Freedom Car Mounts and Brauer Hostess Tray have already allowed their production company to do some unique shots. “We are now … Read more

Credit to the crew on Another Mother’s Son

DP Sam Care visited Bath recently during the shoot of WWII drama Another Mother’s Son, directed by Christopher Menaul. Based on the true story of Louisa Gould, who took in an escaped Russian POW and hid him over the war’s course, the drama is set on the Nazi-occupied island of Jersey, although the production shot … Read more

Litepanels unveils Brick LED lighting systems

Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand and provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, has launched its new Brick and Brick One Light Kit. Now more robust, the Brick Bi-Color provides an on-camera solution for on-the-go ENG cameramen, especially for those in wet conditions. Building on the legacy MiniPlus, the new Brick Bi-Color’s … Read more

BSC Operators Night 2015

A record number of 272 guests – BSC members, patrons and friends – gathered at the Langham Hotel, for the 64th annual BSC Operators Night, held on November 27th. The Langham is one of the largest grand hotels in London and the exterior has featured in a number of movies including GoldenEye (1995) when it … Read more

Aurora borealis shot with new low-light Canon camera

Aurora Skycam, a Norwegian film enterprise, has become the first company in the world to use Canon’s new ME20F-SH, high-definition video camera to capture stunningly detailed low-light footage of one of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomena, the aurora borealis. The footage, shot in Norway, records the borealis in “never-before-seen clarity”, revealing colour and high … Read more

In memory of Haskell Wexler and Vilmos Zsigmond

The mirth and merriment of the Christmas and New Year season were considerably dulled with news of the passing of two of the industry’s most accomplished cinematographers – Haskell Wexler, who died on 27 December 2015, aged 93, and Vilmos Zsigmond, who passed on New Year’s Day 2016, aged 85. Wexler was nominated five times … Read more

Difficult times in Portugal

Portugal’s neighbour Spain has gained considerable international exposure and its cinema and is well known worldwide. Names such as Pedro Almodovar and Luis Buñuel amongst others are immediately recognised. But Portuguese cinema is regarded to be of minor importance internationally, and Portuguese movies have so far had limited international exposure, apart from at festival screenings. … Read more

Oslo Digital Cinema Conference 2015

Far from those hyper-days of 2006, when the Oslo Digital Cinema Conference was held for the very first time, this fifth edition marked the total acceptance and consolidation of the electronic image in the industry. In contrast to 2006, when many cinematographers were still resisting and struggling to understand the electronic image, this year marked … Read more