IMAGO’s D&I Committee joins forces with Digital Orchard Foundation to discuss diversity

At Camerimage festival, IMAGO’s D&I Committee joined forces with Digital Orchard Foundation to talk with a phenomenal group of peers and experts about the reality of diversity and inclusion for mid-career filmmakers in 2020. They spoke from personal experience about barriers that go overlooked, facts that are silenced, implicit biases that need to change, and … Read more

Cinematographer Michael Wood reimagines Dickens’ classic in A Christmas Carol

Director of photography, Michael Wood, reveals the process of lensing A Christmas Carol, a radical retelling of Dickens’ classic in contemporary dance… When director Jacqui Morris first approached me to shoot A Christmas Carol, I was incredibly excited. I had just come off shooting Carmilla, a great experience, but a very low budget independent film, … Read more

Technicolor explores new worlds with colour and sound for His Dark Materials season two

Technicolor has once again worked with production company Bad Wolf, based at Wolf Studios in Cardiff, Wales, for the second season of His Dark Materials for HBO and BBC One. The team provided dailies from neighboring facility Technicolor Wales at Wolf Studios, as well as picture and sound finishing by Technicolor London, using mobile application TechStream and … Read more

Production Guild of Great Britain announces winners of 2020 Innovation Awards

The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) has announced the winners of the 2020 PGGB Innovation Awards, in association with Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, which recognise the innovative work of production professionals who have navigated new ways of working to keep UK film and TV production moving forward during lockdown. The Awards celebrate the achievements … Read more

Powerful dance sequences help tell the story in Audrey: More Than an Icon

Feature documentary Audrey: More Than an Icon explores the life of Hollywood star, fashion icon and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn through a mixture of interviews, archive footage and narrative scenes. Cinematographer Simona Susnea shares the creative and technical production processes behind the powerful dance sequences inspired by Hepburn’s love of ballet that support the narrative and … Read more

DP Johnny Derango weathers -35° on Fatman with help from Teradek & SmallHD

Fatman, from the writing/directing Nelms Brothers team and their long-time cinematographer Johnny Derango is not your typical heartwarming Christmas movie. This action-packed tale tells the story of a precocious 12-year-old who, after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking, hires a hitman (Walton Goggins) to take revenge on Santa Claus (Mel Gibson). The script … Read more

Limelite Lighting Limited advocates MDG for television and film production

Placed in Goudhurst, Kent, within easy reach of television studios in London and Maidstone, television and film lighting hire company Limelite has been an advocate of MDG fog and haze generators since it was founded in 2007. Directors Ed Railton and Matthew Mountier, both with longstanding freelance careers in theatre touring and television lighting respectively, … Read more

DNEG highlights collaboration between science and the silver screen with new black hole imagery

Visual effects and animation company DNEG has published a new video demonstrating how the Oscar-winning visuals created for Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film Interstellar correspond to the first image of an actual black hole, observed last year in the M87 galaxy using The Event Horizon Telescope. During their work on Interstellar DNEG’s team, led by Chief … Read more

Dimension and 80six launch new XR studio at Future of Film Summit

Working in collaboration with technology partner 80six, Dimension announces a revolutionary new XR studio for creating innovative, extended reality events, dramas, broadcasts and live performances. For the introduction to this year’s Future of Film Summit, founder and host Alex Stolz delivers his opening keynote address on a virtual stage, captured at the Dimension/80six studio. Through … Read more

OMNIMAGO produces super 8K content from restored S35mm classic footage using dft’s new OXScan 14K scanner

Full-service, German post production house, OMNIMAGO, has completed work to digitise 35mm films with a native resolution of 8K for NHK, Japan’s national broadcaster. Best known for its documentaries and factual series, NHK has also become synonymous with high-resolution broadcasting, pioneering the move to higher resolutions. Launching the world’s first 8K channel, NHK BS8K, in … Read more

Gareth Spensley joins Company 3 as senior colourist

Gareth Spensley has coloured some of the UK’s biggest name episodic dramas including Doctor Who, The Durrells, and the critically acclaimed Killing Eve and Bodyguard. He joins from Molinare where he established a reputation as a versatile colourist across episodic television and feature films. He has also applied his talents to  an impressive range of … Read more

UK Film Industry

DESTINATION UK Special Report / UK Film Industry DESTINATION UK Special Report / UK Film Industry BY: Kevin Hilton From its earliest days, the UK film industry built an enviable reputation as an international production base. It has not only produced commercially-successful and critically-acclaimed homegrown films, but its studios, post-production facilities, visual effects (VFX) houses … Read more

The Changing Face Of Cinematography

THE CHANGING FACE OF CINEMATOGRAPHY Special Report / Part 1 THE CHANGING FACE OF CINEMATOGRAPHY Special Report / Part 1 The world of cinematography and the working lives of DPs have changed and evolved in many ways since we launched British Cinematographer Magazine in 2002. In our special 100th edition, and also in issue 101, … Read more

Lockdown in a film studio

Lockdown In A Film Studio Sandstorm Films / Tom Ward Lockdown In A Film Studio Sandstorm Films / Tom Ward   ABOVE: Sandstorm Films MD Tom Ward, starring in one of the isolation films shot during lockdown In March 2020, with 38 productions ongoing, Sandstorm Films MD Tom Ward decided the best way to safely … Read more

EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2020 winners revealed

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s EnergaCAMERIMAGE competitions. British cinematographer Joshua James Richards won the Golden Frog in the main competition and the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize for his incredible work on director Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland. Read on to find out which other filmmakers were crowned victorious.   MAIN COMPETITION Golden Frog: Nomadland cin. Joshua James … Read more

BAFTA announces Breakthrough UK and US talent 2020

  The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the 2020 BAFTA Breakthrough participants, supported by Netflix – consisting of 34 of the most promising future stars of film, games and television in both the US and UK. In May, BAFTA announced the global launch of BAFTA Breakthrough, the only new talent … Read more

Cooke Panchro/i Classic lenses bring The Chosen to life

Cinematographer Akis Konstantakopoulos GSC mixed natural lighting, handheld camera work and Cooke Panchro/i Classic Prime lenses to bring a natural and informal dimension to The Chosen, a multi-season TV show charting the life of Jesus Christ. “If you normally find Bible projects boring or unrelatable, like I do, this will feel different. And I like … Read more

4Wall deploys Brompton Technology processing for GUM Studios

With an impressive portfolio of clients including Apple, Vogue, Amazon, and Spotify, GUM Studios offers expansive and versatile spaces. Recently, GUM turned to 4Wall Entertainment to provide lighting and video equipment for its new Virtual Production (VP) facility. The high-spec virtual environment includes ROE Visual Black Pearl 2 LED video panels, which are driven by … Read more

Band Pro to host one world open house virtual event

Band Pro’s One World Open House online event will take place on Thursday 10 December 2020 at 4pm PST/ 1am BST. Admission is free with your RSVP. In response to the ongoing pandemic, Band Pro’s One World Open House 2020 will be held as a virtual online Zoom event. Band Pro’s guest of honour this year will … Read more

Victor Kossakovsky discusses black-and-white silent film Gunda

The Russian cameraman and filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky is known for his poetic and visually powerful documentaries ¡Vivan las Antipodas! and Aquarela. His black and white silent film Gunda takes us back to the origins of filmmaking. For Joaquin Phoenix, executive producer, it’s a film of profound importance and artistry. Birgit Heidsiek spoke with Victor Kossakovsky … Read more