Across The Pond

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

November 2019: Light is a universal language

Reporting in from LA this month, Mark London Williams's indulgent column sees him speak to ASC International Award honoree Bruno Delbonnel AFC ASC about his approaches across the oceans, Dick Pope BSC on newly-released Motherless Brooklyn and Spirit Award nominated DP Todd Banhazl about Hustlers.

October 2019: Growing Up and Maturing

Mark London Williams delves into Michael Cioni's recent move to leave Panavision and become Global SVP of Innovation at Frame.io, chats to Paul Cameron ASC about his work on 21 Bridges and looks at the launch of the Steadicam Steadimate-S.

September 2019: Emmy Night Elation

Mark London Williams is catching up with some of the success stories from the recent Creative Emmy Awards, and hears from DP on Russian Doll Chris Teague and the VFX crew behind the finale of the epic Game of Thrones.

August 2019: Charting Through Emmy’s Waters

Over in L.A recently, Mark London Williams has been gearing up for the forthcoming Emmy awards, hot on the trail of a tremendous trio of nominated cinematographers, hearing from M. David Mullen ASC, Dana Gonzales ASC and Tony Miller BSC. Image of M. David Mullen - Credit: Nicole Rivelli

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.