Cooke presents collection of lenses at Camerimage 2017

Cooke Optics, the multi-award winning manufacturer of precision lenses for film and television, will bring a coveted collection of its latest lenses to this year’s Camerimage Festival, where the company will exhibit alongside Digital Sputnik. On show will be the new S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses on a RED Digital 8k Vista Vision Camera. The … Read more

Canon EOS C200 roars into action for latest Jaguar TV ad

Director/DOP Brett Danton deployed a complete Canon glass-to-glass 4K acquisition workflow, including the new EOS C200 Cinema camera, to capture stunning images for Jaguar’s latest high-profile TV advert. The 60-second spot, which was produced for Spark44, celebrates Jaguar’s new F-PACE performance SUV winning the World Car of Year and World Car Design of the Year … Read more

ZEISS Unveils High-Speed DSLR Lens: ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25

With its new wide-angle focal length, the ZEISS Milvus family now boasts eleven lenses for single-lens reflex cameras, including four focal lengths with a maximum aperture of 1.4, making them perfect for videographers. The ZEISS Milvus 1.4/25 is the latest focal length to be added to ZEISS’s largest range of lenses for full-frame single-lens reflex … Read more

David Tattersall BSC /
Death Note

The Dark Side David Tattersall BSC / Death Note The Dark Side David Tattersall BSC / Death Note “It’s a bit different for sure,” says cinematographer David Tattersall BSC about Netflix’s Death Note. “An R-rated, wish-fulfilment, teen-horror with a detective-thriller twist and plenty of blood and guts – the kids are going to love it.” … Read more

Steven Poster ASC
“Safety Is No Accident”

Safety Is No Accident Letter from America / Steven Poster ASC Safety Is No Accident Letter from America / Steven Poster ASC Steven Poster ASC, president of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, says well-being of the crew, both on and off-set, is of paramount importance, and shares details of ICG’s free Safety App. We … Read more

Chuck Finch

Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / Chuck Finch Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / Chuck Finch Fact file Born: Westminster, London Education: St Michael’s School, Sloane Square, London Lives: West Sussex Hobbies: Fishing, golf and family time Selected filmography Dumbo (2018, pre-production) Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Miss Peregrine’s Home For … Read more

RED Announces The New Monstro 8K VV

RED has announced a new cinematic Full Frame sensor for Weapon cameras, Monstro™ 8K VV. Monstro is an evolutionary step beyond the RED Dragon 8K VV sensor with improvements in image quality, including dynamic range and shadow detail. This new camera and sensor combination, Weapon 8K VV, offers Full Frame lens coverage, captures 8K full format … Read more

TV Academy Honors ARRI ALEXA Camera System with Engineering Emmy

At the 69th Engineering Emmy® Awards Ceremony in Hollywood, the Television Academy recognized ARRI with the most prestigious television accolade for outstanding achievement in engineering development for its ALEXA digital motion picture camera system. On October 25, 2017, at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, actress Kirsten Vangsness, who presented the award, said: “The ALEXA camera system … Read more

Eigil Bryld / Tulip Fever

Flower Power Eigil Bryld / Tulip Fever Flower Power Eigil Bryld / Tulip Fever Evoking the time of Vermeer’s 17th century Holland was one of the key challenges facing cinematographer Eigil Bryld and director Justin Chadwick for The Weinstein Company’s historical drama of Tulip Fever. However, whilst the soft purity of the lighting in artworks … Read more

Simon Dennis / The Limehouse Golem

Gothic Horrors Simon Dennis / The Limehouse Golem Gothic Horrors Simon Dennis / The Limehouse Golem Given the popularity of Victorian London for drama settings, bringing a new look to a period film is getting ever harder to pull off. Yet this is a challenge that held no fear for cinematographer Simon Dennis and director … Read more

Gerry Vasbenter goes on the road for Dorset Cereals

“I got the call to shoot a series of short content films for Dorset Cereals’ Best B&B Award Winners – a prestigious title, much sought-after by those in the business,” writes DP Gerry Vasbenter. “The brief was to pay particular attention to the breakfast side of operations, using a documentary approach. With a single camera, … Read more

ARRI: 100 Years Young

ARRI: 100 Years Young Munich Diary / Ron Prince ARRI: 100 Years Young Munich Diary / Ron Prince In celebration of its one-hundredth birthday, ARRI invited British Cinematographer Magazine editor Ron Prince and co-publisher Alan Lowne, for a behind-the-scenes tour of its Munich headquarters during flaming June. Here’s a journal about what turned out to … Read more

Richard Dunton on shooting Edge Of The Blade in Atlanta

The $1.5m feature, Edge Of The Blade, directed by Norman Stone, is the story of when Oscar Pistorius (Andreas Damm) met Reeva Steenkamp (Toni Garrn) and their subsequently tragic story. Cinematographer Richard Dunton wrote in with details about his work. “After reading the script, films like Blue Valentine (2010, DP Andrij Parekh) and We Need … Read more

DP Adam Scarth reports on Daphne

Cinematographer Adam Scarth wrote in with details of his work on Peter Mackie Burns’ indie-drama Daphne, starring Emily Beecham. The movie follows a young woman negotiating the tricky business of modern life. Caught in the daily rush of her restaurant job and kaleidoscopic nightlife of new faces, Daphne is the life of the party, but … Read more

Varicam 35 adds colour to BBC’s Broken

LA Productions used Panasonic’s VariCam 35 to exclusively shoot the six-part BBC One drama Broken, featuring Sean Bean and Anna Friel. Created by screenwriter Jimmy McGovern and in Liverpool, Broken was broadcast in May 2017. It shows unflinching portrayals of modern British life, highlighting the colours of Northern England within a hard-hitting storyline. The DP … Read more

Blood Runs Thick through Cooke Anamorphic/I Lenses

Regardless of budget, every director and DP wants their film to look its best. That was no different with Blood Runs Thick, a low-budget, indie horror feature from director Romane Simon, lensed by LA-based Nik Shaw, with Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses selected for the production. “Cookes are my favourite Anamorphic lenses,” said Shaw. “I especially like … Read more

Reel Angels are on a determined diversity mission

Diversity in film and TV has been in the spotlight for several years, especially women working behind the camera. Salford and London-based crewing agency, Reel Angels, was established by freelancer Lulu Elliott, to promote diversity and support women working in technical side of film and TV. The agency’s roster includes DPs, camera ops, focus pullers, … Read more

Cinelab Receives £2.25M Investment

Cinelab London has received a growth capital investment of £2.25m from the Foresight Group, to enable further expansion of its services and capacity. Led by industry veterans Adrian Bull and John Mahtani, the business was established four years ago after the acquisition of Bucks Media Services by Cinelabs International. Cinelab London provides film processing, scanning, … Read more

BFI investigates health of UK Independent Film

The BFI is launching a commission to look at the health of the UK’s independent film industry. The BFI commission will be chaired by Zygi Kamasa, CEO of Lionsgate UK and Europe, who will examine and report on the current environment for UK independent film, inviting evidence and contributions from cross-industry specialists from the production, … Read more

Paul Greengrass to receive BFI Fellowship

The BFI and BFI London Film Festival will honour British film director, producer, screenwriter and former broadcast journalist, Paul Greengrass, with Fellowship of the BFI. The presentation will take place at the BFI London Film Festival’s annual Awards Ceremony on Saturday 14th October. Greengrass, whose Captain Phillips (DP Barry Ackroyd) opened the 2013 BFI London … Read more