March 2021: Nominations and innovations

Here in British Cinematographer’s Hollywood bureau, we await our second Pfizer shot, while gearing up to attend – virtually, of course – the coming ASC and Oscar awards. Normally, this column would be reporting on how they were. You will have been well-versed in the nominees by the time this runs, naturally, and it would … Read more

February 2021: Heroines, history, and a tale of two homes

Still buzzing with excitement following this week’s Golden Globes announcements, Mark London Williams’ latest comment piece from LA sees him speak to the filmmaking talent behind The United States vs. Billie Holiday, A Nightmare Wakes, and Bliss. Normally through the month of February, the business of L.A. is waiting for envelopes to be opened, to … Read more

October 2020: Birnam Wood And Other Considerations

Birnam Wood and other considerations Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Birnam Wood and other considerations Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Finally, this column can be written. For all the sound and fury made by Trump’s loyalists, one thing is now clear. Birnam Wood has, at last, come to Dunsinane castle – … Read more

September 2020: Comfort Is King

COMFORT IS KING Across The Pond / Mark London Williams COMFORT IS KING Across The Pond / Mark London Williams As culture — high, low, and in-between– continues to shift during these pandemic-pocked times, much has already been made of the Zoom-heavy Emmy awards that were recently broadcast, including what were sometimes moving moments with … Read more

July 2020: A Return To High Office

A Return To High Office Across The Pond / Mark London Williams A Return To High Office Across The Pond / Mark London Williams It is of course election season in America, and many have wondered, “could someone who previously occupied those same corridors of power be returned to high office?” We refer, of course, … Read more

March 2020: Just One Language – Visual Language

Just one language – visual language Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Just one language – visual language Across The Pond / Mark London Williams By the time you read this in March – which side of the “Ides” you find yourself on – the Oscars and award season itself will be, as previously … Read more

February 2020: At The Peak Of Their Craft

At The Peak Of Their Craft Across The Pond / Mark London Williams At The Peak Of Their Craft Across The Pond / Mark London Williams By the time you read our next column, the Oscars could well be in the rearview mirror, and it would seem probable that Roger Deakins will be holding another … Read more

November 2019: Light is a universal language

Light Is A Universal Language Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Light Is A Universal Language Across The Pond / Mark London Williams We are entering the “’tis the season” season, which means in addition to handicapping whose hands the award statues will wind up in, we’ll also look at both current work hitting … Read more

June 2019: Neon Noir, New Members and Never Forgotten

Neon Noir, New Members and Never Forgotten Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Neon Noir, New Members and Never Forgotten Across The Pond / Mark London Williams We’d be remiss if we didn’t start this month’s column with the rather shocking note that Ed Phillips, who oversaw Matthews Studio Equipment as its President for … Read more

March 2019: A subtle shift in focus

A subtle shift in focus Across The Pond / Mark London Williams A subtle shift in focus Across The Pond / Mark London Williams The first new column of spring finds us, once again, “between frames,” as it were. In the annual calendar’s relentless march – NAB! Cine Gear! Emmy! Oscar! – there is a … Read more

January 2019: A Common Language Among Filmmakers

A Common Language Among Filmmakers Across The Pond / Mark London Williams A Common Language Among Filmmakers Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Sort of like the space between the end of the first Daniel Craig James Bond film, and the start of the next, consider that we’re picking up essentially where we left … Read more

December 2018: Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings

Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Lead image: Tiffen’s Tyson Galland walks a new user through a Steadicam demo at Tiffen Company’s open-house event in December Of late, each month’s column has appeared early the “following” month, … Read more

November 2018: Out of Darkness, Cometh Light

Out of Darkness, Cometh Light Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Out of Darkness, Cometh Light Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Lead image: energaCAMERIMAGE winner The Favourite The calendar change from December to January is always redolent with contradiction – the wistfulness and yearnings of fall, giving way to finality, the endings, … Read more

October 2018: “The Dizziness of a Cinematograph”

The Dizziness of a cinematograph Across The Pond / Mark London Williams The Dizziness of a cinematograph Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Lead image: Cinematographer Ruben Impens and Director Felix van Groeningen on Beautiful Boy. Credit: Amazon Studios “They made a sort of shuddering veil, almost recalling the dizziness of a cinematograph,” wrote … Read more

September 2018: “The Jane Goodall of Cinematography”

The Jane Goodall of Cinematography Across The Pond / Mark London Williams The Jane Goodall of Cinematography Across The Pond / Mark London Williams LEAD IMAGE: Ellen Kuras, captures Jane, National Geographic’s documentary on Jane Goodall, in Tanzania. Credit: National Geographic L.A. has always been a town filled with self-congratulations – though D.C. gives it … Read more

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