Close-Up

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

Eben Bolter BSC / Avenue 5

With a spaceship-sized set, comic timing, a thousand-strong cast, integrated lighting, and a devastating fire, British cinematographer Eben Bolter BSC and the crew of Avenue 5 steered Armando Iannucci’s sci-fi epic to the screen.

Christopher Ross BSC / Cats

The musical fantasy Cats follows a tribe of felines, called the Jellicles, who must decide yearly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer before coming back to a new Jellicle life. Cinematography on the production came under the auspices of Christopher Ross BSC. Image credit: Giles Keyte (Universal Pictures)

Yorick Le Saux AFC / Little Women

Director Greta Gerwig’s adaption of classic 19th Century novel Little Women was given the lighting treatment by AFC member Yorick Le Saux - who reveals why 35mm was the capture choice and which pioneering technique from the likes of Freddie Young and Vilmos Zsigmond he chose to deploy.

Robbie Ryan BSC ISC / Marriage Story

Shot on Kodak 35mm film, director Noah Baumbach’s tragi-comedy Marriage Story earned multiple nominations during the 2020 awards season. Its sure-footed cinematography was composed by Robbie Ryan BSC ISC.

Piotr Sobociński Jr PSC / Corpus Christi

After forging for himself a reputation of one of the leading Polish cinematographers, Piotr Sobociński Jr PSC is on the fast track to astonish the world. Jan Komasa’s internationally applauded Corpus Christi is all the proof you need.

George Steel / The Aeronauts

For Tom Harper's adventure-drama, The Aeronauts, about a historic balloon expedition in 1862, the director turned to frequent collaborator George Steel to provide visuals.

Steve Yedlin ASC / Knives Out

In director Rian Johnson’s highly-acclaimed murder mystery, Knives Out, a family clashes, a patriarch dies, and a master detective leads an investigation that threatens the family’s dark secrets. The movie represents Johnson’s fifth collaboration with cinematographer Steve Yedlin ASC

Jarin Blaschke / The Lighthouse

Captured on Kodak B&W 35mm film, ASC Spotlight Award nominee The Lighthouse photographed by DP Jarin Blaschke tells the tale of two lighthouse keepers as they try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote island.

Phedon Papamichael ASC / Le Mans ‘66 (aka Ford vs Ferrari)

Filmmaker James Mangold and DP Phedon Papamichael ASC have teamed up for a fifth time to create Le Mans ’66. The Greek cinematographer reveals why LED technology was embraced for the production, how conveying speed proved difficult, and why the decision was taken to shoot as much in camera as possible.

Dion Beebe ACS ASC / Gemini Man

Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe ACS ASC spoke to British Cinematographer about Gemini Man, working in 'the full shebang' of 3D HDR with director Ang Lee, and how the process led to a rethinking of lighting.

Ari Wegner ACS / In Fabric

Director Peter Strickland's horror-comedy In Fabric - in which a cursed, blood-red dress brings devastating consequences to whoever wears it - was shot by Australian cinematographer Ari Wegner ACS and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018.

Nadim Carlsen / Border

Border – the ‘Un Certain Regard’ winner at Festival de Cannes in 2018, was shot by Danish cinematographer Nadim Carlsen. Speaking to BC, he declares why he steered clear of the typical ‘Nordic-Noir’ look, why handheld was deployed throughout, and how the widescreen aspect ratio played into styling the landscape and nature of the story.

David Raedeker / The Souvenir

Shot by cinematographer David Raedeker, who combined 16mm-Bolex and S16mm film footage with S16mm and 35mm digital formats, The Souvenir is a semi-autobiographical account of director Joanna Hogg’s own experiences during her time in London and as a student at the NFTS in the 1980s.

Jakob Ihre FSF / Chernobyl

HBO's acclaimed mini-series Chernobyl was a multiple Emmy Award success in September, including a trophy for its DP Jakob Ihre FSF - with the Swede also recently announced as the latest recipient of the NFTS's 'Sue Gibson Award'. In this exclusive interview with BC, he reveals the processes and methods behind his award-winning first foray into television.

Pawel Pogorzelski / Midsommar

Captured by Canadian DP Pawel Pogorzelski, Director Ari Aster's sun-drenched, hallucinatory, horror feature Midsommar sees a group of friends finding themselves in the clutches of a pagan cult at a rare festival in Sweden.