Close-Up

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

Alfonso Cuarón / Roma

Streaming now on Netflix, Roma is a semi-biographical take on legendary Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón's upbringing in the nation's capital, and has won the 2019 Oscar, along with BAFTA and BSC awards, Venice's Golden Lion and a Bronze Frog at Camerimage.
He speaks exclusively to Trevor Hogg and British Cinematographer about painting his memories on-screen in a contemporary black-and-white look, rotoscoping almost every shot, and restaging the infamous Corpus Christi Massacre.
Image by Carlos Somonte.

Nanu Segal / An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn

Stylish, absurdist comedy, An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn, was shot in the remote Californian town of Eureka. Here, British DP and NFTS graduate, Nanu Segal talks us through the unique creative challenges she faced bringing the low-budget indie to life.

John Pardue BSC / Luther

Multi-award winning BBC crime drama Luther returns to TV screens tonight (January 1st) for a new four-part series. DP John Pardue shot the episodes and wrote in to British Cinematographer to tell us all about creating their stunning visuals. Image: BBC - Photographer: Des Willie

Barry Ackroyd BSC / The Outlaw King

Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd BSC's latest work, on Netflix's Robert The Bruce biopic, The Outlaw King, saw him use Panavision Millenium DXL cameras paired with Panavision Primo 70 large format lenses and Angénieux Optimo zooms. Read on to discover how the film's epic Scottish landscapes and visceral battle sequences translated to screen.

Newton Thomas Sigel ASC / Bohemian Rhapsody

A celebration of Queen and their frontman Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody was lit by American cinematographer Newton Thomas Sigel ASC. He tells British Cinematographer about the processes behind spectacularly recreating the band’s iconic Live Aid concert, the changing looks during the band’s rise to fame, and his enthusiasm for visually placing moments back in time.

Linus Sandgren FSF / First Man

Linus Sandgren FSF reunited with La La Land director Damien Chazelle to capture the tale of Neil Armstrong's moon voyage in First Man, a contender for the Golden Frog at this month's ENERGAcamerimage festival. Trevor Hogg speaks in depth with Sandgren about film formats, utilising giant LED screens, and the grand use of IMAX for the iconic landing scene.

Florian Hoffmeister BSC / The Terror

Screening this week at the EnergaCAMERIMAGE festival as one of the contenders for the 'First Look - TV Pilots' prize is Florian Hoffmeister BSC's work on AMC series The Terror, a fantasy-horror set aboard two ships venturing into Arctic waters. DP Hoffmeister tells us all about capturing a nautical journey gone wrong in gorgeous, excruciating detail (Photo Credit: Aidan Monaghan/AMC).

Sean Bobbitt BSC / Widows

American heist caper Widows, helmed by director Steve McQueen and DP Sean Bobbitt BSC, releases this month in cinemas having premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Trevor Hogg gets into the details with Bobbitt about how the project came about, shooting primarily on location and how to make it work in 'one shot'.

Matthias Königswieser / Christopher Robin

Inspired by A. A. Milne’s classic 1926 volume, the plot of Disney's live-action production follows the grown-up Christopher Robin who has lost his sense of imagination, only to be reunited with his old stuffed bear friend, Winnie-the-Pooh. DP Matthias Königswieser takes us on a journey through the Hundred Acre Wood.

Andrew Dunn BSC / The Children Act

The Children Act is based on McEwan’s 2014 novel of the same name, and had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival to wide acclaim, especially for its sensitivity towards mature human concerns. The production was shot by British cinematographer Andrew Dunn BSC, winner of multiple BAFTA Awards, and he spoke to us about his work.

Kate Reid / Press

In the fictional land of Press – the BBC’s newest situation drama which screened on TV in the past month – there exist two main newspaper worlds: The Post and The Herald, both with very specific aesthetics in mind and all shot by cinematographer Kate Reid. Image by David Suchet.

Chayse Irvin CSC / BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman has become one of the most talked about films of 2018, having won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Its North American DP Chayse Irvin CSC explains all about the experimental evolution of his approach, the virtues of using film and why he sees cinematography as a “jam session”. Image Credit: David Lee / Focus Features

Noah Greenberg / Lizzie

Frequent collaborators, DP Noah Greenberg and Director Craig William Macneill, joined forces once more to capture Lizzie - a psychological thriller that recounts the infamous murder of the Borden family in 1892. Trevor Hogg spoke extensively with Greenberg to get his views on shooting his first period piece, released in the US this week.

Larry Fong ASC / The Predator

Trevor Hogg is back with another exclusive DP conversation, this time with Larry Fong ASC discussing his experiences lighting science-fiction The Predator, the fourth in the Predator film series, released this week in the US.

Giles Nuttgens BSC / Colette

BAFTA Film Award nominated cinematographer Giles Nuttgens BSC partnered with filmmaker Wash Westmoreland for the late 19th century biopic Colette, featuring Keira Knightley as French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, whose husband Henry ‘Willy’ Gauthier-Villars takes credit for her work. The film is set for release in the US in September and the UK next January, and Trevor Hogg spoke extensively to Nuttgens about working on the upcoming feature.
Feature Image: Robert Viglasky / Bleecker Street