James Laxton ASC on working with Panavision for The Underground Railroad

Published in 2016, Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad examines America’s history of slavery through a fictional lens that imbues the story’s terrible truths with a touch of mythology. After its main character, Cora, escapes from a plantation in Georgia, she embarks on an arduous journey northward, toward the promise of freedom. Cora travels on the Underground … Read more

James Laxton ASC / The Underground Railroad

THE ROAD TO FREEDOM Ambitious 10-part Amazon series The Underground Railroad sees James Laxton ASC and Barry Jenkins unite once again, this time to tell a powerful story rooted in the history of the American South and atrocities of slavery. Cinematography with a unique tonal quality and authenticity documents courageous Cora’s epic journey as she … Read more

Cinematographer Alan Jacobsen on The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52

Slated for theatrical release on 9 July, feature documentary The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 took director of photography Alan Jacobsen on a high seas adventure.  “In the film, the whale is most often referred to as he, or him,” said Jacobsen, “I imagine this is likely more a reflection of the male-dominated science … Read more

June 2021: Heating up

This particular dispatch is being written during America’s de facto kickoff to the season ahead: “Summer,” if you’re looking at the weather and contemplating how many wildfires we’re about to go through on the West Coast, and wondering how crowded and unmasked your Memorial Day barbecue should be. “Emmy season,” if you’re thinking of a … Read more

Amazon Prime Video UK helps fund post production apprenticeships

13 new apprentices start training as post-production technical operators as part of a UK Screen Alliance apprentices programme made possible with the support of Amazon Prime Video UK. Over the next 12 months they will receive 9 weeks of off-the-job training at London South Bank University (LSBU), as well as on-the-job experience with post production … Read more

Amazon agrees to acquire MGM in $8.45 billion deal

Amazon and MGM have announced they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Amazon will acquire MGM for a purchase price of $8.45 billion. MGM has nearly a century of filmmaking history and adheres to the work of Amazon Studios, which has primarily focused on producing TV show programming. Amazon will aim to … Read more

Union VFX builds Guantánamo for Amazon Prime’s The Mauritanian

Based on the NY Times best-selling memoir ‘Guantánamo Diary’ by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Directed by Kevin Macdonald and lensed by Alwin Küchler BSC , The Mauritanian is the true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the US Government for years.   Slahi, born in Mauritania in 1970, … Read more

Ed Wild BSC / The Wilds

WILD ADVENTURE Ed Wild BSC’s fluid, dynamic cinematography forms an emotional connection in survival series The Wilds. Teen angst meets survival drama in The Wilds, Amazon Prime Video’s 10-part original series following a group of teenagers embarking on what they believe to be an all-girls empowerment retreat. When their plane crashes, stranding them on a … Read more

Splice goes All or Nothing

With Spurs undergoing a renaissance on the field, interest remains high for Amazon Prime Video series All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur. 72 Films gained unprecedented access to the club over 10 months, including the arrival of manager Jose Mourinho. Splice Post was in charge of full post on the series, including management of 5,500 hours … Read more