Learn from BAFTA-winning cinematographer Shabier Kirchner with ScreenSkills

As sponsors of the Photography & Lighting: Fiction category at the BAFTA TV Craft Awards, the ScreenSkills High-end Television Skills Fund presents a discussion featuring some of this year’s nominated cinematographers. In this one-hour session we’ll hear from talented professionals, including Small Axe‘s Shabier Kirchner, on the craft of cinematography, personal paths into the industry and, of course, their … Read more

BFI and Doc Society launch Ripple Effect Fund

The BFI Doc Society Ripple Effect Fund is a new National Lottery funded initiative that enables and empowers communities, networks and organisations to build their own inclusive vision for the independent UK documentary sector from the ground up. If you have new and collaborative ideas to support underrepresented documentary storytellers, to reach diverse audiences or … Read more

Motion Impossible’s virtual production suite awarded Epic Games Mega Grant

Motion Impossible has been awarded an Epic Mega Grant to help in the further development of its innovative new virtual production suite (VPS), which is being developed to help camera operators and DPs around the world simulate scenes with the AGITO radio-controlled camera platform as part of pre-viz or tech-viz production processes.  The Epic Mega … Read more

MRMC releases entry-level bolt mini model mover

The latest high-speed robotic arm from Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) is an entry-level machine allowing companies to enter the world of high-end motion control at lower pricepoints.  Big on creativity, low on price, the bolt mini model mover is an extremely versatile, lightweight, 6-axis high-speed arm designed for payloads up to 8kg that starts … Read more

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces 2022 Oscars date

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC has announced the 94th Oscars ceremony will move to Sunday 27 March 2022. The show, which will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, was originally scheduled for 27 February 2022. The eligibility period for Academy Awards consideration will return to the … Read more

Panasonic announces firmware updates for Lumix G Series cameras

Panasonic has announced that it will release new firmware update programs for its LUMIX GH5S, G9 and G100 cameras to enhance the functions and usability.   Further to announcing the release of its new LUMIX GH5M2 and the development of the LUMIX GH6, Panasonic is committed to further enhancing its current G Series line up performance … Read more

pixitmedia announces two new hires to global leadership team

pixitmedia has announced two new additions to its leadership team as part of the company’s continued global growth and expansion. As the new director of strategic technology and innovation, Steve Penney joins pixitmedia with a strong history of managing teams to deliver media infrastructure environments for high profile services for the likes of Viacom, Turner Warner, … Read more

ScreenSkills challenges FE/HE funding cut plans

ScreenSkills has joined with colleagues across the creative industries in objecting to government proposals to cut funding to further and higher education courses in screen-related subjects. ScreenSkills have made a formal submission to the consultation on the proposed changes, registering our strong disagreement with plans to slash by 50% the government funding available to subjects … Read more

Watch Netflix’s behind-the-scenes footage of Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead

In this installment of Netflix Film Club’s Snyder School, Army of the Dead director and cinematographer Zack Snyder covers topics such as cinematography, lighting and stunt coordination. Snyder sits down with RED Digital Cinema president Jarred Land to discuss using the RED MONSTRO Sensor to get the most out of the amazing re-housed vintage Canon … Read more

Enter Watershed’s super-short filmmaking competition DepicT! as part of Encounters Film Festival

Watershed want to see great films. It doesn’t matter what your budget is or what genre you’re working in. The competition is open to anyone from anywhere in the world, and entry is absolutely free – but there is one simple rule: Your film must be 90 seconds or less in duration. If your films … Read more

Angus Hudson BSC / The Life Ahead

KINDRED SPIRITS A compelling performance-driven tale of unexpected friendship, deteriorating mental health and haunting childhood trauma is captured with sensitivity and considered naturalism by Angus Hudson BSC and a gifted filmmaking team.  “One of the many appeals of being part of this project was making a film with Sophia Loren – a worldwide treasure and … Read more

Brompton Technology provides technology for 80six’s new virtual production studios

A leading video technology company, 80six, recently opened the doors to its virtual production studios in Slough. The VP facility boasts a preconfigured curved LED stage, ideal for shooting in-camera VFX. Brompton Technology products are part of the studio’s high-end technical backbone. 80six has been building and implementing xR stages and has now directed its … Read more

Framestore receives VFX BAFTA Television Craft Award for second consecutive year with His Dark Materials

Framestore has won this year’s BAFTA Television Craft Award for Special, Visual and Graphic Effects for His Dark Materials – the second year running the creative studio has received the award. The work took in 1400 shots and drew upon the expertise of some 450 Framestore staffers, from VFX experts and animators through to producers, … Read more

Netflix announces recipients of inaugural UK Documentary Talent Fund

Netflix has announced the cohort of ten aspiring filmmaking teams from across the UK that it will fund as part of its inaugural Documentary Talent Fund. The ten filmmakers will receive up to £40,000 in financing to create their own documentary short film between 8-12 minutes long, answering the brief: ‘Britain’s Not Boring And Here’s … Read more

Panasonic announces development of Lumix GH6 micro four thirds mirrorless camera

Panasonic has announced the development of the highly anticipated LUMIX GH6, reinforcing its long-term commitment to its Micro Four Thirds line up.  The new GH6 camera will be the flagship of the LUMIX GH Series, and will deliver the innovative video performance the GH line up is renowned for.  Equipped with a new high-speed sensor and a newly developed … Read more

Watch Rumble VFX’s work for Pennyworth season 2

Soho based studio, Rumble VFX, has announced their involvement in the second season of Pennyworth, delivering 100 shots for Warner Horizon Television.     Set a year after the explosive events of the first season, England is in the face of a civil war with Lord Harwood’s Raven Union threatening to control the entire country. Resistance … Read more

Amazon agrees to acquire MGM in $8.45 billion deal

Amazon and MGM have announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for a purchase price of $8.45 billion. MGM has nearly a century of filmmaking history and adheres to the work of Amazon Studios, which has primarily focused on producing TV show programming. Amazon will aim to … Read more

Cooke Optics appoints Adrian Keane as chief financial officer

Cooke Optics has appointed Adrian Keane to the role of CFO. Reporting to CEO Tim Pugh, Adrian will be responsible for all financial aspects of the business as it continues to grow operationally and geographically.   With over 30 years of financial and commercial experience at the highest levels across a range of industry sectors, from manufacturing to transportation, Adrian has a proven track record of delivering and managing strategic … Read more