Vladimír Smutný / The Painted Bird

Apocalypse Then Vladimír Smutný / The Painted Bird Apocalypse Then Vladimír Smutný / The Painted Bird Vladimír Smutný’s exquisite B&W photography on director Václav Marhoul’s traumatically beautiful The Painted Bird is a towering achievement and represents the veteran Czech cinematographer’s most personal work to date. The Painted Bird, based on a controversial novel from notorious … Read more

Richard Greatrex BSC

The Storyteller Clapperboard / Richard Greatrex BSC The Storyteller Clapperboard / Richard Greatrex BSC Award-winning cinematographer Richard Greatrex BSC, now an honoury member of the BSC and these days a dedicated stills photographer, was responsible for the look of dozens of films, including Mrs Brown (1997), Flawless (2007), A Knight’s Tale (2001), Warriors (1999), The … Read more

Yana Rits

Skipper Meet the New Wave / Yana Rits Skipper Meet the New Wave / Yana Rits Selected filmography (so far): Invisible Men (2015), Forbidden Note (2016), Adam & Eve (2018), Poised (2018) and Black Dollar (2020). When did you discover you wanted to be a cinematographer? I went to FAMU (The Film & TV School … Read more

Tom Gates

Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / Tom Gates Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / Tom Gates Fact file Age: 59Education: London Comprehensive SchoolHobby/Passions: I don’t watch that much telly these days. I tend to go out with our dogs, or sometimes down the pub. Selected Filmography (as gaffer unless otherwise indicated) … Read more

DP George Burt on G-LOC

DP George Burt wrote in with details about his work on the low-budget (less than £2m) sci-fi thriller G-LOC. Directed by Tom Paton, it is the story of a young man who has fled from Earth to find a new home on planet Rhea, where the early human settlers have decided they will no longer … Read more

DP Sverre Sørdal FNF on County Lines

DP Sverre Sørdal FNF wrote in with details about his work on director Henry Blake’s County Lines, a coming-of-age thriller about a 14-year-old boy who is groomed into a county lines criminal network. “The shoot was four weeks, 11-day-fortnight with one pick-up day, making 23 days in total. We shot exclusively on location around London … Read more

Darius Khondji AFC ASC / Uncut Gems

Bedazzled Darius Khondji AFC ASC / Uncut Gems Bedazzled Darius Khondji AFC ASC / Uncut Gems Filmed predominantly on Kodak 35mm film, Uncut Gems, the high-stakes, high-anxiety thriller directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, received critical acclaim and multiple awards after releasing in cinemas in December 2019 by A24. Along with its screenplay, direction, … Read more

Cooke S7/i Full Frame Plus lenses bring beauty to the story of Cuba

Peter Chang, known for his IMAX and giant-screen work as cinematographer on Jerusalem and America Wild: National Parks Adventure, has completed his latest film, Cuba, which won the Best Documentary award at the 34th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and has begun releasing to museums, educational institutions and other giant screen and IMAX venues. … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Balancing Acts”

Balancing Acts President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Balancing Acts President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Lead image: Credit – Richard Blanshard The second BSC Awards Night was held on February 15th at the Grosvenor House Hotel. After last year’s inaugural event, it was great to see the same energy taken forward by all involved … Read more

Cut it Power Saving Initiative launches at 2020 BSC Expo

The 2020 BSC Expo saw the launch of Cut It, the first crew-led initiative to tackle carbon emissions in film and TV production. Three of the organisation’s founding members – cinematographers Anna Valdez Hanks and Sarah Cunningham, and 1st AC Jason Henwood – were invited to speak on a panel about the industry’s response to … Read more