Mike Eley BSC “Safety first”

Safety first President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Safety first President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Everyone was devastated when they heard the news of camera operator Mark Milsome’s death, a tragedy that occurred while he was filming on the set of the BBC/Netflix production The Forgiving Earth. Our thoughts went out immediately to Mark’s … Read more

2017 Camerimage Diary

Silver Jubilee Special Report / 2017 Camerimage Diary / Ron Prince Silver Jubilee Special Report / 2017 Camerimage Diary / Ron Prince One man’s journey through the mirth and merriment of the 25th Camerimage Festival of Cinematography. Monday 13th November: It’s stupid o’clock. 4.30am to be precise. Therefore way-too-early to discover oneself in an airport … Read more

Rob Hardy BSC / Annihilation

Jungle Boogie Rob Hardy BSC / Annihilation Jungle Boogie Rob Hardy BSC / Annihilation When the cinematographer and writer-director responsible for one of the most visually striking films of modern times come together again to work on a new movie, based on a contemporary sci-fi classic, you know that the look will involve heavy experimentation … Read more

David Smith

Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / David Smith Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / David Smith Header Photo: Julian Bucknall Fact file: Age: 48 Born: London School: Wanstead High School Training: Lee International, Wembley Early career: Commercials and music videos Lives: East London Hobbies/passions: Travel, cycling, taking his sons to football … Read more

Vizio sponsors Behind-The-Scenes clip of Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In advance of the March 27 Blu-ray launch of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Vizio have shared a behind-the-scenes breakdown of the epic battle between Finn vs. Captain Phasma. This exclusive featurette includes scene break downs, interview commentary and behind the scene footage of what it took to make one of the most anticipated action … Read more

Watch the Mark Milsome Memorial Tribute

The film industry lost one of its best last November with the devastating news that camera operator and cinematographer Mark Milsome GBCT ACO, had been killed during the shoot of a stunt sequence on Drama Republic’s production of The Forgiving Earth for the BBC/Netflix. On 4th February at BAFTA, a moving memorial tribute was held … Read more

Ben Smithard BSC / The Man Who Invented Christmas

Lighting ghosts Ben Smithard BSC / The Man Who Invented Christmas Lighting ghosts Ben Smithard BSC / The Man Who Invented Christmas Ben Smithard BSC has shot of a lot of films set in a range of periods throughout historical England – The Damned United, My Week With Marilyn, Belle, Diana And I, to name … Read more

Kit Fraser

Breakthrough Brit! Meet the New Wave / Kit Fraser Breakthrough Brit! Meet the New Wave / Kit Fraser Filmography (so far): Under The Shadow  (2016), Possum  (releasing in 2018), Farming  (releasing in 2018) When did you discover you wanted to be a cinematographer? I was 15 and our school had been given a grant to … Read more

March 2018:
The Awards Season Wrap

The Awards Season Wrap Across the Pond / Mark London Williams The Awards Season Wrap Across the Pond / Mark London Williams “I’m just the second craft President,” the current President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, John Bailey, told us a couple days ahead of the Oscars. “And the first cinematographer.” … Read more

Barry Ackroyd BSC / Detroit

Plus ça change Barry Ackroyd BSC / Detroit Plus ça change Barry Ackroyd BSC / Detroit The Academy Award nominations field appears wide open this year, with few – if any – solid front-runners. Among the many possibles for best picture is Detroit. Well-reviewed on its release last year, but with a poor showing at … Read more

Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE, BSC, Fellow BKSTS

Mr Sydney Clapperboard / Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE, BSC, Fellow BKSTS Mr Sydney Clapperboard / Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE, BSC, Fellow BKSTS Sir Sydney Wylie Samuelson CBE, BSC, Fellow BKSTS left school in December 1939, aged fourteen, and started out as a rewind boy at the newly-built Luxor Cinema, Lancing, in West Sussex, which opened … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 86

Feast your eyes on the new edition of British Cinematographer magazine – digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 16th March 2018. On the Cover Rachel Morrison ASC on Black Panther and Mudbound Rachel Morrison ASC made Academy Award history this year as the first female nominee for the Best Cinematography Oscar, and she … Read more

Sebastian Wintero’s U2 tour visuals

Working with director Anton Corbijn, DP Sebastian Wintero was responsible for shooting the backdrop visuals for U2’s most recent ‘Innocence & Experience’ tour using the ARRI Alexa 65 large format camera system. He wrote in with details about his work. “When Anton and I started talking about the U2 project, we had only worked together … Read more

Ula Pontikos BSC / Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Femme fatale Ula Pontikos BSC / Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool Femme fatale Ula Pontikos BSC / Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool Set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the critically-acclaimed Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool retells the biographical account of actor Peter Turner and his brief but passionate relationship with … Read more

14th time lucky as Deakins collects the Oscar for Blade Runner 2049

British cinematographer Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC won the Oscar for his cinematography work on director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi blockbuster Blade Runner 2049 at the 90th Academy Awards, held on March 4th at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles. Deakins’ win marks the end of a long run of nominations for the Academy Award, the cinematographer … Read more

Filmmaker Olivier Sarbil captures Fight For Mosul with Canon C300

During the battle to recapture the city of Mosul, PBS Frontline filmmaker Olivier Sarbil spent six months embedded with an Iraqi special forces unit as it led the military offensive against ISIS. Equipped with a Canon EOS C300 Mark II camera, five batteries and five Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses, he chartered the brutal conflict in … Read more

Anthony Dod Mantle DFF BSC ASC / First They Killed My Father

War child Anthony Dod Mantle DFF BSC ASC / First They Killed My Father War child Anthony Dod Mantle DFF BSC ASC / First They Killed My Father First They Killed My Father depicts the true story of Loung Ung, who was forcibly trained as a child soldier, whilst her parents ‘disappeared’ and her siblings … Read more

Tim Cragg shoots Three Identical Strangers

BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated cinematographer Tim Cragg spent a large part of 2017 shooting Three Identical Strangers, a feature/documentary selected to premiere in the US Documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2018. The film is directed by Tim Wardle with production company Raw, for CNN Films and C4. The documentary explores the story of three … Read more

VariCam on the case for Marcella

Award-winning cinematographer Kate Reid has made use of the Panasonic VariCam 35, to shoot the highly anticipated second series of ITV police drama, Marcella. The critically-acclaimed drama, which was acquired by Netflix, was a smash hit in 2016, attracting over nine million viewers at its peak. It follows Anna Friel, as Detective Marcella Backland, as … Read more