Close-Up

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

Ed Lachman ASC / Wonderstruck

Todd Haynes’ touching mystery Wonderstruck is the fifth narrative collaboration between the director and cinematographer Ed Lachman ASC. The American DP reveals how he linked the two time periods, how he took inspiration from silent-era movies, and why a black-and-white look is very different on film compared to digital.

Gary Shaw / Mute

Mute, the latest feature from director Duncan Jones, is a dark, despairing thriller, exploring themes of parenthood and hope, set in a futuristic version of Berlin. As with 2009 sci-fi hit Moon, Jones teamed up again with British DP Gary Shaw.

Tom Townend / You Were Never Really Here

Directed by Lynne Ramsay and shot by cinematographer Tom Townend, a 2005 graduate of the NFTS, the $10m feature You Were Never Really Here, stars Joaquin Phoenix, and received a ten-minute standing ovation on its premiere at the 2017 Cannes Festival.

Dan Laustsen DFF ASC / Proud Mary

We get a fascinating insight into the methods on the latest production of Oscar nominated Dan Laustsen DFF ASC – action thriller Proud Mary – talking the utilization of Sony cameras, likenesses to shooting John Wick 2 and why he will be forever grateful to his big sister.

Janusz Kaminski ASC / The Post

Janusz Kaminski ASC teams up once more to collaborate with director Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks in The Post. Discover why Kaminski loves film and eulogizes its use, the quickness of the movie‘s production and bringing energy to the images.

Björn Charpentier SBC / Beirut

Beirut, a fictional hostage drama set during Lebanon's civil war, is the feature debut of Belgian-born DP Björn Charpentier SBC and releases in the US on April 11th. Trevor Hogg hears about the challenges of shooting the film's shootout finale, devising a colour pallet in-camera, and why he was literally painting light bulbs!

Rob Hardy BSC / Annihilation

Annihilation, released in the UK on Netflix earlier this month, is a contemporary sci-fi feature based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel of the same name. Ex Machina DP Rob Hardy BSC took on the reigns of lensing its unusual and experimental visuals.

Ben Smithard BSC / The Man Who Invented Christmas

For all the history that comes with Charles Dickens, The Man Who Stole Christmas is a new take on the story behind the story of 'A Christmas Carol'. Ben Smithard BSC talks us through staying away from a run-of-the-mill 19th Century look.

Barry Ackroyd BSC / Detroit

Detroit recreates incidents that took place during the 1967 race riots in the Motor City and mirrors similar tensions in contemporary America. It was shot by British cinematographer Barry Ackroyd BSC, reuniting with director Kathryn Bigelow after their previous collaboration, The Hurt Locker.

Ula Pontikos BSC / Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

The critically-acclaimed Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool retells the biographical account of actor Peter Turner and his brief, passionate relationship with Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame. Ula Pontikos BSC took on the role of lensing the production.

Ben Davis BSC / Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

London-native Ben Davis BSC takes time to talk to Trevor Hogg about his latest independent production, the dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - winner of four Golden Globes, including 'Best Drama Picture'.

Philipp Blaubach / Gunpowder

BBC TV mini-series Gunpowder exploded onto UK screens in October 2017 showing the legendary story of Guy Fawkes. Capturing the extremism and darkness of the events that unfolded was the job of cinematographer Philipp Blaubach.

Fabian Wagner BSC ASC /
Justice League

The fifth instalment of the DC Comics Extended Universe, Justice League, was captured on Kodak 35mm by 2017 ASC Award winner Fabian Wagner BSC ASC. Read on as he reveals what is what like to take on the biggest movie of his career so far.

Danny Cohen BSC / Victoria and Abdul, Final Portrait and Disobedience

Get the gen on the distinctive looks of not just one, but three, projects lensed on RED cameras by versatile cinematographer Danny Cohen BSC, including the historical feature Victoria and Abdul.

Linus Sandgren FSF /
Battle of the Sexes

Reigning Oscar-winning cinematographer Linus Sandgren FSF steps out of La La Land and onto the tennis court, as he lenses Battle Of The Sexes – based on the story of the infamous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.