Close-Up

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

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.

Dan Laustsen DFF /
The Shape of Water

Trevor Hogg is on the pulse of the hottest productions in cinematography again, as he delves into the mind of Danish DP Dan Laustsen and his crew about their work on the acclaimed 'Golden Lion' winner The Shape of Water, which has just hit US theaters.

John de Borman BSC / Will

TNT's Will follows the adventures of the young William Shakespeare as he arrives in London to make his way as an actor and budding writer. John De Borman BSC talks us through the look on the TV mini-series.

David Tattersall BSC /
Death Note

DP David Tattersall BSC gives his anecdotes of working on Netflix's Death Note, that he describes as "an R-rated, wish-fulfilment, teen-horror with a detective-thriller twist and plenty of blood and guts."

Eigil Bryld / Tulip Fever

Evoking the time of Vermeer’s 17th century Holland was one of the key challenges facing cinematographer Eigil Bryld and director Justin Chadwick for The Weinstein Company’s historical drama of Tulip Fever.

Mandy Walker ACS ASC /
The Mountain Between Us

Trevor Hogg speaks to Mandy Walker ACS ASC on the many challenges of treacherous landscapes and freezing temperatures on feature-film The Mountain Between Us, released in the UK last week.