Across The Pond

Our exclusive monthly column from L.A on the latest developments in the industry

June 2019: Neon Noir, New Members and Never Forgotten

In his latest column from L.A.'s cinematography scene, Mark London Williams gets into the 'Neon Noir' look of Amazon's new series Too Old To Die Young from the show's supervising colorist Ian Vertovec, doffs his cap to some of the ASC's new membership and pays a fond farewell to Matthews Studio Equipment President Ed Phillips.

May 2019: Cine Gear Hurlyburly

Mark London Williams has been about all things Cine Gear this past month, and he gives us a flavour of what was happening at this year's gathering, with words from event honoree George Spiro Dibie ASC; as well as taking a look at director Joanna Hogg's upcoming autobiographical film The Souvenir. Image by George Leon/Filmcastlive.

April 2019: The NAB story starts here

The tagline of NAB 2019 was 'Every Story Starts Here', and Mark London Williams went looking for the inside-word at this year's edition in Las Vegas. He's at the Tiffen booth to hear from Steadicam genius Garrett Brown, listens in as ASC President Kees van Oostrum amongst others speaks at ICG's panel and checks in on RED, Cooke and Maxon's developments.

March 2019:
A subtle shift in focus

As awards season wraps up and he contemplates events ahead, Mark London Williams shifts his focus in L.A. this month and takes in Nancy Schreiber ASC's biopic Mapplethorpe, Todd Elyzen's contributions to Netflix's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, the lighting of Pietro Villani on indie film I’m Not Here and Zeiss's open house event.

February 2019:
Singing the Praises

Mark London Williams was in the thick of it as awards season hit, taking in the accolades at the ASC, Independent Spirit, Art Directors Guild and of course the main and Sci-Tech Academy awards ceremonies. Read on for more about what the likes of DP James Laxton, ASC President Kees van Oostrum and Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón had to say.

January 2019:
A Common Language Among Filmmakers

Mark London Williams picks up where he left off in his column last time with a chat with Robert Richardson ASC, and also picks up soundbites from Jeffrey Jur, winner of the ASC's 'Career Achievement in TV' award. There's nods to Oscar and ASC nominees Robbie Ryan and Łukasz Żal, and he takes a look at DP Zak Mulligan's work on We The Animals.

December 2018:
Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings

Mark London Williams' cup has positively "runneth over" during the past month, and he reflects on hectic events on the cinematography scene in L.A. this past month. Read on about Band Pro Film & Digital honoring of Dean Cundey ASC's The Thing, Tiffen Company's open house, Women in Media’s Holiday Celebration and upcoming ASC honoree Robert Richardson ASC.

November 2018:
Out of Darkness, Cometh Light

Mark London Williams is full of reflection as the year comes to a close in L.A. as he mourns the loss of Nicolas Roeg. Color and low-light are also on his mind with a chat to Mary Poppins Returns costume designer Sandy Powell seguing nicely across to production designer on Camerimage winner The Favourite, Fiona Crombie. There's also more reflection with DP Charlotte Bruus Christensen DFF, and a visit to the American Film Market in a packed edition this month.

October 2018:
“The Dizziness of a Cinematograph”

Mark London Williams is dizzy and busy this month, speaking to new Head of Sales at Matthews Studio Equipment Linda Swope, DP Joshua Z. Weinstein on Bikini Moon about multi-camera sources and ultilizing iPhones, and Ruben Impens on Steve Carell starring Beautiful Boy.Image - Credit from BTS on Beautiful Boy: Amazon Studios

September 2018:
“The Jane Goodall of Cinematography”

Mark London Williams was in amongst the hurlyburly this past month, taking in the Creative Arts Emmys and grabbing some words from pioneering DP Ellen Kuras ASC after her win for National Geographic's Jane, along with visits to the ICG Luncheon and a convivial tour of Panavision Hollywood.

August 2018:
Breaking Ground And Breaking Boundaries

Mark London Williams had his finger on the pulse around LA this past month, as he takes in the ground-breaking on the new ASC ARRI Educational Center, finds out from Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrick what being a "virtual cinematographer" entails, and visits the opening of Adobe's new "digital sandbox" in Santa Monica.

July 2018:
True Inspirations

Mark London Williams delves into the influences on three DPs in this month's fascinating column - with newly re-elected ASC president Kees van Oostrum making a case for Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer being a genius cinematographer centuries ahead of his time; Alan Jacobsen, DP of Oscar-nominated Strong Island, reflecting on his stunned reaction to seeing Mystery Train by the late Robby Muller; and Nathalie Durand AFC citing how Ricardo Aronovitch led her to study cinematography.

June 2018:
Future Proofing

As another CineGear Expo comes to a conclusion, Mark London Williams ponders on its expansion and 'future proofing' the show and its gear. Elsewhere, Christopher Probst ASC encourages people to think of pixels as 'sensels', and Tami Reiker discusses Disney Freeform's Cloak and Dagger. Lead image: ©2018 George Leon/FILMCASTlive

May 2018:
Diversity, Dogs and Docudrama

Before getting set for CineGear Expo, Mark London Williams headed to Chapman Leonard's annual open house in North Hollywood. He also returns to a pair of fascinating conversations from his NAB travels; with Isle Of Dogs DP Tristan Oliver, and Mathias Herndl about his work on National Geographic’s Genius: Picasso series.

April 2018:
Connecting with tech at NAB

This month on America's west coast, Mark London Williams is all about NAB 2018 - pondering its developments of recent times and taking in some of the many sides of the event, hearing from the panels and checking out the latest kit.