Mauro Fiore ASC / The Magnificent Seven

The Wild West Mauro Fiore ASC / The Magnificent Seven The Wild West Mauro Fiore ASC / The Magnificent Seven Western action film The Magnificent Seven  is a remake of the 1960 western of the same name, which itself was a remake of the 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, written by … Read more

Panalux to exclusively offer LRX robotic lighting system

Panalux, which provides lighting rental equipment to film, television and media productions, has become the exclusive provider of the LRX robotic lighting system throughout Europe and Africa. The LRX robotic lighting system is a remotely-controlled trolley, with matching lighting heads, that allows for on-set lighting flexibility and convenience, and is well-suited for large-scale sets. Operated … Read more

Beyond Brexit

Beyond Brexit President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd Beyond Brexit President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd We all know that feeling when something goes horribly wrong. Like when you open the door to the film magazine, expose the neg and ruin those vital rushes. You feel sick to your stomach. Things are not right and your world … Read more

Pinewood Group agrees $425m takeover deal

The Pinewood Group looks set to be sold to a US-based asset management business in a deal worth around £320m. Pinewood, which owns UK studios in Buckinghamshire, Shepperton and Cardiff, as well as facilities abroad in Malaysia, Canada, the Dominican Republic and the USA, announced its desire for a takeover at the start of the … Read more

VI Rental offers UK’s largest fleet of VariCam LT cameras

VI Rental in Bristol has taken delivery of six VariCam LT camcorders for use in natural history and mainstream production, giving it the largest fleet in the UK. The company is a global supplier of broadcast, film and television rental solutions, operating 25 branches throughout Europe and South Africa. It has purchased six of the … Read more

DP Michael Snyman delivers a cinematic treatment to The Night Manager

A huge domestic and international hit, the BBC and AMC six-part drama The Night Manager was adapted from John le Carré’s espionage novel by David Farr and guided to the screen by producer Rob Bullock, director Susanne Bier, and cinematographer Michael Snyman. “When I read the initial scripts, I was immediately drawn to the huge … Read more

Lance Fisher grabs first Matthews Cam Tank camera support

Matthews Studio Equipment has just shipped its new Cam Tank camera support system, with the first purchase made by DP/operator Lance Fisher SOC. Matthews is known for innovative camera and lighting support and, in the case of Cam Tank, it was Tyler Phillips, VP of product development and marketing at MSE, who spotted a gap … Read more

Panasonic announces entry-level palm camcorder

Panasonic has announced a new palm camcorder to replace the popular AG-AC90. The AG-AC30 is a 1-chip, full-HD camcorder, designed and built in Japan, which brings in a number of useful tools and features to help deliver professional-looking pictures in different environments. The camcorder offers a newly-designed lens capable of a wide focal range (20x … Read more

Expanding the Filmscape family

Camera specialist Filmscape has expanded its team by welcoming Sandro Leone to the role of head of drama at its West London headquarters. Leone brings 17 years of experience to the position, having previously worked at ARRI Rental where he learned, first-hand, the importance of forging strong relationships with cinematographers, crew and production, as well … Read more

Membership is the focus at PLASA’s 2016 AGM

PLASA is the lead international not-for-profit trade association for those supplying technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Ed Pagett, formerly managing director of Panalux Broadcast & Events, and current chairman of PLASA’s board, has led the organisation through very challenging times. In his speech at the recent AGM he outlined the … Read more

Anthony Dod Mantle DFF BSC ASC / Snowden

Oliver’s twist Anthony Dod Mantle DFF BSC ASC / Snowden Oliver’s twist Anthony Dod Mantle DFF BSC ASC / Snowden “‘Ssh!’ Was his first utterance as he motioned me with his finger to enter the Munich hotel room that November. We had never met before and never spoken. But he had kept a dossier of our complete … Read more

Procam announces new projects division

UK digital cinematography and broadcast hire firm Procam has announced a new division, called Procam Projects, to meet a growing demand for multi-camera, fixed rig, robotics, mini cam projects, car rigs and portable production units. The new operation will be led by former HotCam employees Vicky Holden, as Procam Projects managing director and Dan Studley … Read more

Pinewood MBS Lighting invests in large Digital Sputnik inventory

As part of its on-going investment into new equipment, Pinewood MBS Lighting has bought a significant number of Digital Sputnik fixtures. Having amassed 60 DS6 fixtures and over 240 single heads, including a quantity of the latest wirelessly controlled DS1 battery-operated lights, Pinewood MBS has become home to the largest Digital Sputnik rental stock in … Read more

UK and South Africa boost growth with co-production agreement

The UK and South Africa have signed a new television agreement which will strengthen ties within the broadcast industries, encourage the sharing of knowledge and ideas, and drive economic growth through television co-production. The terms of the agreement, which builds on the existing Film Co-production Treaty, were negotiated by the Department For Culture, Media And … Read more

Movietech stays focussed on lens compatibility and choice

Amid the latest developments in both contemporary and traditional imaging methods, camera, lens and grip specialist Movietech is making sure it remains focussed on compatibility with all formats, particularly when it comes to lenses. As an independent equipment provider, Movietech has made significant investment in products from a variety of industry-leading manufacturers to ensure cinematographers … Read more

BSC Summer Lunch 2016

The 67th traditional BSC Summer Lunch proved a joyous and memorable occasion. Held in the historic Ballroom of Pinewood Studios, it marked the retirement of Frances Russell after 33 years of devoted service as company secretary to the BSC. In honour of her incredible years with the society, she became the first non-cinematographer to be … Read more

Lens Control Systems launches Cinefade depth-of-field system

In partnership with cmotion Lens Control Systems of Vienna, Austria, London-based filmmaker Oliver Janesh Christiansen has developed Cinefade, a new system that enables cinematographers to gradually vary the sharpness of the background in a motion-picture shot at constant exposure, whilst keeping the foreground in focus. Cinefade is an in-camera effect that can immerse viewers in … Read more

Remembering Sue Gibson BSC

Sue Gibson BSC passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of 27th July, following a brave battle against cancer. Her illness happened suddenly, as only last year she was shooting in Guadeloupe for the BBC television series Death In Paradise. Born in Derbyshire in 1957, she took up photography at Newport College Of Art … Read more

P+S Technik

Forward looking Innovator / P+S Technik Forward looking Innovator / P+S Technik A visionary engineer, P+S Technik founder and CEO, Alfred Piffl has been responsible for the development of various futureproof tools over the years – such as the award winning Mini35 image converter and the Skater Mini camera dolly, which won the Academy of … Read more

Digital Sputnik

Going into orbit Spotlight / Digital Sputnik Going into orbit Spotlight / Digital Sputnik In 2006, young Estonian director Kadri Kõusaar was starting to film her first feature Magnus  and turned to the Kallas brothers, then running Tallinn-based kit supplier Duograaf, to source a technical solution. “We wanted to shoot at least 2K digital RAW,” … Read more

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