Derek Vanlint CSC / Alien

HATCHING A FRANCHISE When Derek Vanlint CSC passed away in 2010, obituaries called him the “Alien cinematographer”. With the help of David Johnson BSC, we look back at the film that defined Vanlint’s career. Released in 1979, Alien forever changed what sci-fi could look like, sparked a long-running franchise, and established Ridley Scott as a director to … Read more

Howard Mills on Alien celebratory short Containment

Last year, 20th Century Fox commissioned six short films to celebrate 40 years of the Alien franchise. Writer/director Chris Reading approached DP Howard Mills to shoot one of the films, and here Howard gives a few details about his work on the short Containment. “Containment follows the outcome of four crew members stranded on an escape pod, unsure what … Read more

What politicians can learn from filmmakers

What politicians can learn from filmmakers GBCT News / John Keedwell What politicians can learn from filmmakers GBCT News / John Keedwell This is not a party political broadcast. It is an observation about how the film business can teach politicians, and other businesses, some essential lessons about making a success. On the June morning … Read more

Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / Life

Killer instinct Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / Life Killer instinct Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / Life The crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) successfully capture a space probe returning from Mars. It has a particularly interesting sample inside: the first proof of extra-terrestrial life. However, instead of discovering a simple, microbial life-form – endearingly … Read more

Brian Johnson

Most Effective ClapperBoard / Brian Johnson Most Effective ClapperBoard / Brian Johnson BY: David A. Ellis It’s amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. Brian Johnson left school at sixteen with just one 0-level but, through some lucky breaks and undoubted skill, rose to become pre-eminent in the field of special effects, … Read more

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