Close-Up

Go behind the scenes and read the views of the DoPs on some of the latest productions

Brendan Galvin ISC Unhinged

Unhinged is the first movie to be developed, produced and released by Solstice Studios. Irish DP Brendan Galvin ISC tells us all about his experiences lensing the film and working alongside director Derrick Borte.

Denson Baker ACS NZCS / The Luminaries

Starring Eva Green and Eve Hewson, The Luminaries is set on the wild west coast of New Zealand’s South Island at the height of the 1860’s gold rush. Denson Baker ACS NZCS tells us all about his time lensing the series and working alongside director (and wife) Claire McCarthy once again.

Benjamin Kračun / Promising Young Woman

If you crossed Vertigo (1958) with Clueless (1995) then you’d begin to get an idea of what cinematographer Benjamin Kračun’s job entailed on Emerald Fennel’s directorial debut, Promising Young Woman, releasing later in 2020.

Hélène Louvart AFC / Never Rarely Sometimes Always

French cinematographer Hélène Louvart AFC discusses her time lensing writer/director Eliza Hittman’s powerful and intimate drama Never Rarely Sometimes Always.

Denis Crossan BSC / Our Ladies

Cinematographer Denis Crossan BSC had previously worked with director Michael Caton-Jones on a brace of movies, plus a hit TV series, before linking up once again to shoot the Hollywood veteran helmer’s personal passion project, Our Ladies.

MacGregor / Vivarium

DP MacGregor (Miguel de Olaso) tells us all about his time working alongside director Lorcan Finnegan to shoot sci-fi thriller Vivarium which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Emmanuel Lubezki AMC ASC /
The Revenant

Fabled frontiersman and trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) sustains terrible injuries during a brutal assault by a grizzly bear.

Eric Gautier AFC / The Eddy

French DP Eric Gautier AFC tells us all about flawlessly recreating Paris’ French Jazz scene entirely on Kodak Vision3 16mm film and working alongside director Damien Chazelle for Netflix drama The Eddy.

Tomasz Naumiuk PSC / Mr Jones

Working with writer/director Agnieszka Holland on the harrowing Mr. Jones has not only given Tomasz Naumiuk PSC a boost of confidence but has also earned him international recognition, telling the story of Welsh investigative journalist Gareth Jones’s 1933 poignant odyssey to reveal the truth about the famine-genocide in Ukraine.

Mark Jenkin / Bait

Captured on Kodak B&W 16mm film, director Mark Jenkin’s unique, ultra-low budget movie, Bait, released in the UK by the BFI, earned widespread critical acclaim, multiple awards and turned in impressive results at the box office. Here the director shares details about his career and the methods he used to make this profound and visually-distinctive movie. Photo: Tom Axon.

Maria von Hausswolff / A White, White Day

Director Hlynur Palmason’s second feature, A White, White Day (Hvítur, Hvítur Dagur), shot on Kodak in widescreen 2-perf Super35mm, is a story of heart-rending grief, revenge and unconditional love, captured by Swedish DP Maria von Hausswolff.

Vladimír Smutný / The Painted Bird

The exquisite black-and-white photography in director Václav Marhoul’s adaption of Jerzy Kosinski's novel - The Painted Bird - represents veteran Czech cinematographer Vladimír Smutný’s most personal work to date, and earned him the Bronze Frog accolade at Camerimage.

Polly Morgan BSC ASC / A Quiet Place 2

Following the box office success of the original film, shot by Charlotte Bruus Christensen DFF, the sequel A Quiet Place 2 was captured on film by Polly Morgan BSC ASC - a joyful return to shooting celluloid for the British cinematographer, as she reveals here.

Darius Khondji AFC ASC / Uncut Gems

With dazzling urgency, Darius Khondji AFC ASC's visuals lit up the Kodak 35mm film Uncut Gems starring Adam Sandler. Discover why Khondji was out of his comfort zone right away, why a one-stop push was deployed, and why he broke a normal post-completion tradition.

Zac Nicholson BSC / The Personal History Of David Copperfield

From the very first frames of The Personal History Of David Copperfield, it is clear that the film is going to be an aesthetic feast for its audience’s eyes. For this adaption of Charles Dickens' novel the visuals fell into the capable hands of cinematographer Zac Nicholson BSC.