Howard Davidson

FACT FILE Age: 58Born: Brooklyn, New YorkEducation: Newfield High School/ Buffalo State College/ on setHobbies: Art, music, allotment, travel, Bob Dylan SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY (as gaffer unless otherwise stated) The Score (2020)After Love (2019)The F1rst Team (TV series) (2019)The Reluctant Landlord (Series 2) (2019)Click & Collect (BBC comedy) (2019)Scarborough (2018)Famalam (TV series) (2018)Vogue/Victoria Beckham Nowness (Branded … Read more

Nominees in the BSC Awards Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Feature category revealed

We’re excited to announce the BSC Awards nominees for the Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Feature Release category are… Sean Bobbitt BSC for Judas and the Black Messiah Joshua James Richards for Nomadland Alwin Küchler BSC for The Mauritanian Erik Messerschmidt ASC for Mank Dariusz Wolski ASC for News of the World   The nominees … Read more

Erik Messerschmidt ASC / Mank

MASTERCLASS IN MONOCHROME Black-and-white biopic Mank sees another successful collaboration between cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt ASC and director David Fincher as they craft an authentic portrayal of Hollywood’s golden age and explore the turbulent development of the script for Citizen Kane. “This was not an offer I had to consider; the answer was an immediate yes,” … Read more

Ed Wild BSC / The Wilds

WILD ADVENTURE Ed Wild BSC’s fluid, dynamic cinematography forms an emotional connection in survival series The Wilds. Teen angst meets survival drama in The Wilds, Amazon Prime Video’s 10-part original series following a group of teenagers embarking on what they believe to be an all-girls empowerment retreat. When their plane crashes, stranding them on a … Read more

Tami Reiker ASC / One Night In Miami

MEETING OF THE MINDS Director of photography Tami Reiker ASC lenses Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami, the imagined story of a meeting between Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke. Not every film allows the crew to lose themselves so entirely in the moment that they forget they’re making a … Read more

Stephen Oh / XM2

FLYING HIGH Drones became both hugely popular and much derided during the 2010s. In the last five years the remotely controlled, unmanned flying craft has made its mark on filmmaking, enabling aerial shots that would be difficult or impossible for conventional aircraft, wire systems or cranes. Of the many companies offering drone services for film, … Read more

Keri Putnam to step down as Sundance Institute Chief Executive Officer

Sundance Institute CEO Keri Putnam will be stepping down later this year after more than ten years with the Sundance Institute. Under her leadership, the renowned media and arts non-profit has seen a decade of extraordinary growth and impact. The organisation is uniquely positioned as a leading global advocate for independent artists, diversity in media, … Read more

Society of Camera Operators announces Camera Operator of the Year Film and Television nominees

The Society of Camera Operators (SOC) has revealed the nominees for the 2021 Camera Operator of the Year Awards and Creative Vision Celebration for the Film and Television categories. Nominees for the Camera Operator of the Year Film & Television categories will be awarded live during the virtual show. Bringing together the community to honour … Read more

VERO launches immersive virtual production studio

Pioneering new virtual production solution VERO is now fully operational in the UK, offering high-end LED surround screen backdrop, realtime graphics and powerful in-sync camera tracking. The project brings together content, technology and operations talent from multiple companies, who have joined forces to enable creatives and filmmakers far more on-set visual control. VERO features Desay … Read more

Rigging Team celebrates 10-year anniversary

Rigging Team is celebratings its 10-year anniversary in the delivery of specialist rigging and technical training services to the entertainment production industry. Over the past decade, the company has enjoyed steady growth to become recognised as one of the industry’s most respected providers of rigging equipment and support services. Working across the full spectrum of … Read more

pixitmedia enables Cinelab London to expand delivery in rapid film scanning turnaround for blockbuster releases

pixitmedia, a software-defined storage and data management solution provider, has enabled renowned specialist film laboratory and facility Cinelab London to streamline its storage and media management for expansion in delivering rapid turnaround on some of the biggest motion pictures and episodic series of the past year. The company has worked on some of the past … Read more

Litepanels launches Apollo wireless DMX system

Litepanels, a global provider of professional broadcast and cinematic lighting solutions and a Vitec Group brand, has launched a new powerful and stable dual-band wireless DMX system. Litepanels Apollo Bridge uses advanced dynamic frequency hopping technology to instantly create a robust wireless DMX network anywhere. Optimised for use with Litepanels Gemini RGBWW LED panels, Apollo … Read more

Jeffrey A. Reyes joins LEE Filters as US general manager

LEE Filters, manufacturer of lighting gels and photographic filters and a member of the Panavision family of brands, has appointed Jeffrey A. Reyes to lead the company’s operations in the US as general manager. Reyes will be based at LEE Filters’ US office in Burbank, California. “Jeffrey’s arrival further strengthens our presence in the US … Read more

disguise collaborates with partners to welcome new era of production with cluster rendering technology

disguise, the technology platform enabling visual experiences, has announced an upcoming major software release in early April. Cluster rendering will be a big upgrade in the new release, allowing users to scale out their real-time content rendering without compromise, as their productions increase in size or complexity. disguise invited a select group of global partners … Read more

Dejero strengthens European network to satisfy growing demand for resilient connectivity

Dejero has signed new European partners as part of its strategy to provide its connectivity solutions through rental companies to support the increased demand to deliver mission-critical live video and real-time data across multiple sectors. “As organisations come through the other side of the pandemic, many are re-evaluating their strategy, workflows and processes and are … Read more

Chroma-Q carbon neutral testing with Green Voltage

LED lighting innovator Chroma-Q has been pre-production testing in collaboration with Green Voltage zero emission generator units. Working with a selection of Brute Force lampheads, the crew, plus Green Voltage director and experienced operator, Adam Baker (Wonder Woman 2, No Time to Die) tested the LED Wendylight alternative, together with Green Voltage’s 5kW VOLTstack E-Gen … Read more

Lights, camera, action for Bristol educator boomsatsuma at Tobacco Factory

Bristol educator boomsatsuma is expanding, with new studios in the Tobacco Factory, bringing four creative BA (Hons) degrees, to disrupt traditional education models and boost diverse pathways into creative industries. Work is underway installing the purpose-built education facility, which will welcome students in September 2021. It will comprise two new film studios, a screening lecture … Read more

BBC Studioworks appoints Culture and Transformation Director to lead organisational change

BBC Studioworks has appointed Katie Leveson as Culture and Transformation Director. She will lead its business transformation strategy and cultural change as it drives commercial growth by planning to advance its business across the UK. More specifically, Leveson will lead industry change to ensure career paths in TV studio craft, technical and delivery roles, such … Read more

ARRI mourns the loss of Max Welz

ARRI legend Max Welz has passed away at the age of 95. He began his first day at ARRI on 1 August 1945, as the company’s 50th employee since its inception. Welz remained true to ARRI for the next 62 years and still holds the company record for years of service. After starting as a … Read more

The VFX Supervisor-DP Relationship

THE REAL AND THE UNREAL “In my experience, most DPs get VFX. They’re often a technical bunch who love cameras and gear so they get what we do,” says Geoff D.E. Scott. Scott has supervised his share of visual effects, both on celluloid-shot movies, like Richard Donner’s underrated thriller 16 Blocks and Robert Eggers’ career-launching … Read more