CineGear Expo 2017 Review

Bigger Data, Smaller Lights CineGear Expo 2017 / Mark London Williams Bigger Data, Smaller Lights CineGear Expo 2017 / Mark London Williams All pictures courtesy of George Leon of Filmcast Live. As one colleague noted, Cine Gear is en route to becoming a “mini-NAB” – an ever-expanding trade show of equipment, and its possibilities, for … Read more

Abraham Joffe films Kenyan big cats with Shogun Inferno 4K

Filming big cats in Kenya isn’t easy. They don’t follow cues or take direction. So catching the action, focussing and framing each shot is paramount, and cinematographers really need to see what’s going on in bright sunshine. Abraham Joffe ACS, Australian Cinematographer Of The Year for 2017, turned to the Atomos Shogun monitor recorders with … Read more

John Toll to receive Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award

Camerimage are very proud to announce that John Toll, ASC, will be the recipient of Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award during the upcoming 25th anniversary edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, which will be held in Bydgoszcz between 11th and 18th November 2017. Toll is an American cinematographer and two-time Academy … Read more

Low-budget shooting on BBC Comedy Witless

DP Benedict Spence wrote in with details about his work on Witless, the low-budget but highly-successful BBC comedy series about flatmates Leanne and Rhona who are put into witness protection in a grotty Swindon flat, with two extremely young hit men on their trail. “When my long-term director and friend Andrew Chaplin asked me to … Read more

Ben Seresin BSC ASC / The Mummy

Monster makeover Ben Seresin BSC ASC / The Mummy Monster makeover Ben Seresin BSC ASC / The Mummy Once upon a time in ancient Egypt, a princess, named Ahmanet, was chosen as the new ruler. But her father did not wish to pass the throne to her, preferring a male heir. When she murdered him … Read more

Official Poster of Camerimage 2017 Revealed

The official poster of the 25th edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, Camerimage, which will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland from November 11th through 18th 2017. has been revealed. This year’s poster has been designed by a concept artist and illustrator Piotr Jabłoński / nicponim. He graduated from the Architecture … Read more

Clive Norman GBCT on shooting Starfish with sensitivity

Starfish, written and directed by Bill Clark, is a low-budget British film released towards the end of 2016. It tells the story of a married couple whose love is tested to its limits when husband and father Tom is struck down with sepsis shortly before the birth of their second child. He survives, but loses … Read more

Cooke lenses bring a period look to The Little Mermaid

A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be a real mermaid, in the 1930s period tale The Little Mermaid, a live-action film inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, co-directed by Chris Bouchard and Blake Harris, co-produced by Conglomerate Media, Kingsway Productions (II) and MVP … Read more

The Bigger Picture

The IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography 2017 IMAGO’s member societies are working to nominate and submit films to the IMAGO Awards that will take place in Helsinki on October 28th 2017 – a grand, black tie event with more than 250 cinematographers, related film colleagues, partners and media present. The IMAGO Awards in 2017 is … Read more

DOPs provide feedback on ARRI Alexa 65 lens options

With the popularity of ARRI Rental’s exclusive Alexa 65 camera system increasing on high-end features, TV and commercial productions, the demand for richly varied lens options is strong. The line-up of four distinct 65mm lens series, first announced at Camerimage 2016, is now in use on multiple projects, with cinematographer feedback directly influencing technical developments … Read more

New network promises jobs for established film crew

A brand new network for film crew has launched in the UK, providing free access to contacts, jobs and resources. The Established Network is a professional service for experienced crew and has been specifically designed to support productions with finding experienced and skilled film industry professionals quickly and easily, using personal recommendations and references from … Read more

Contemplations from Cannes

Contemplations from Cannes 2017 Special Report / Richard Andry AFC Contemplations from Cannes 2017 Special Report / Richard Andry AFC We decided there was nobody better-placed to give us the inside, cinematographic track on the 70th Cannes Film Festival than Richard Andry AFC, president of the French Society of Cinematographers. “Every year Cannes becomes the … Read more

Filmscape move to new premises

UK rental house Filmscape is preparing to move to new, custom-designed, premises in West London. The company is relocating its entire camera, lens, grip and engineering facility to a newly acquired-building in Kendal Avenue, on the South side of Park Royal. The move was due to commence at the beginning of July. A 4,000sq/ft warehouse … Read more

InReal develops cinematic VR camera

InReal Entertainment, developers of 4K virtual reality (VR) camera systems, are targeting high-end drama producers with their latest technology, which they claim offers the most cinematic 360-degree imaging available. “Unlike other VR cameras that serve the high-end filmmaking community, like Jaunt and Nokia Ozo, we have designed our technology to produce a much more cinematic … Read more

Appointments At NFTS and CTBF

NFTS appoints Dr John Wardle as new director The National Film & Television School has announced that Dr Jon Wardle will become the new director of the school from August 2017. He succeeds Nik Powell who has been director since September 2003. Wardle will become the fifth director in the school’s 46-year history. The school’s … Read more

Movietech Debuts Summicron-C Cine Lenses

Independent camera, lens and grip equipment supplier Movietech, has introduced the latest members of the new Leica Summicron-C premium prime family of lenses, in the shape of the 40mm and 15mm T2.0. The Summicron-C range offers sharp, consistent focus with plenty of depth-of-field in a lightweight yet sturdy package, making them particularly suitable for use … Read more

Mike Eley BSC elected as new BSC President

Cinematographer Mike Eley BSC has been elected the new president of the British Society Of Cinematographers. Eley, whose credits include Touching The Void (2003), Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang (2010), Ronaldo (2015) and My Cousin Rachel (2017), takes over the reins from Barry Ackroyd BSC who served as president from 2014. “It is an … Read more

Elstree Studios Creates More Space

To satisfy demand for more workshops and production offices Elstree Studios has vacated some of its storage space to accommodate more productions. This last year has been a record year for Elstree Studios, with the stages in high demand for both film and television productions. The alliance with BBC Studioworks has been very successful, allowing … Read more

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Visits Pinewood Studios

The Rt. Hon. Karen Bradley, MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport joined Pinewood Group’s Chairman Paul Golding and Corporate Affairs Director Andrew M. Smith last week (6th July) to present twenty-one Pinewood employees with Pinewood Studio Management Diplomas. Ms Bradley also met Pippa King, a media apprentice within Pinewood’s Digital Content … Read more

RED announces Hydogen One holographic smartphone

RED Digital has announced the launch of its first smartphone, named ‘Hydrogen One’, calling it “the world’s first ‘holographic media machine, in your pocket. No glasses needed.” Not all details have been announced, but it is understood that the phone will run on Android with additional features like H3O algorithm and nanotechnology, while it also … Read more