Unusual Lenses

Lead image: Kevin Brari and 1st AC Lukas Fahnert shooting Lost in Time. (Photo: Steffen Schmitz) LENSES WITH CHARACTER Unusual bokeh, interesting flares, aberrations at the edges of frame – these are some of the artefacts which lens manufacturers once strove to suppress, but which are now prized by filmmakers seeking a unique look. Five … Read more

Ben Smithard BSC / Blinded By The Light & Downton Abbey

Double bill Ben Smithard BSC / Blinded By The Light & Downton Abbey Double bill Ben Smithard BSC / Blinded By The Light & Downton Abbey WANT TO READ IT ALL? Below is only a teaser, and the full interview can be found in the September 2019 issue (95) of British Cinematographer magazine. If you purchase a … Read more

Benoît Debie SBC / The Beach Bum

Miami vibe Benoît Debie SBC / The Beach Bum Miami vibe Benoît Debie SBC / The Beach Bum “Life’s a f***in’ rodeo! I’m gonna suck the nectar out of it, and f*** it raw dog, ’til the wheels come off,” proclaims Moondog, the permanently stoned, drop-out poet at the heart of provocateur helmer Harmony Korine’s crazy 35mm … Read more

Suzie Lavelle BSC ISC / Curfew

Crashbangwallop! Suzie Lavelle BSC ISC / Curfew Crashbangwallop! Suzie Lavelle BSC ISC / Curfew Cinematographer Suzie Lavelle BSC ISC shot almost a dozen short films before she shot her first feature in 2009. For the next few years, she continued to bounce back and forth between arthouse feature films and shorts, before being given her … Read more

John Conroy ISC / The Happy Prince

Golden Years John Conroy ISC / The Happy Prince Golden Years John Conroy ISC / The Happy Prince All behind the scenes images: © Wilhelm Moser 2018 The Happy Prince , written, directed by and starring, Rupert Everett, relates the final three years in the life of Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. Following a widely-publicised … Read more

Eigil Bryld / Tulip Fever

Flower Power Eigil Bryld / Tulip Fever Flower Power Eigil Bryld / Tulip Fever Evoking the time of Vermeer’s 17th century Holland was one of the key challenges facing cinematographer Eigil Bryld and director Justin Chadwick for The Weinstein Company’s historical drama of Tulip Fever. However, whilst the soft purity of the lighting in artworks … Read more

James Laxton / Moonlight

Intimate epic James Laxton / Moonlight Intimate epic James Laxton / Moonlight Many films are carried along on a wave of hype before they are released but the independent feature Moonlight has built up a genuinely positive buzz through festival screenings and a slew of awards. Due for general UK release in February, this sensitive … Read more

Charlotte Bruus Christensen / Fences

Truth be told Charlotte Bruus Christensen / Fences Truth be told Charlotte Bruus Christensen / Fences Having encouraged the producers of Dreamworks’ The Girl On The Train  that only 35mm would suffice for their contemporary murder-mystery, cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen discovered that Denzel Washington was already set on shooting his 1950’s family drama, Fences, in … Read more

Haris Zambarloukos BSC creates portraits for Denial

“For me the great part about storytelling isn’t all the amazing things you can do with atmosphere or scenery or exciting visuals,” muses Haris Zambarloukos BSC, “rather it’s the portraiture.” For Denial, director Mick Jackson’s drama that captures the true story of acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt and her battle to validate the … Read more

Filmscape Media

Shooting for the stars Spotlight / Filmscape Media Shooting for the stars Spotlight / Filmscape Media Back in 2005 Kevin Harvey was the perfect rental firm customer. A theatre graduate of the BRIT School, holding a film degree from the University of Bedfordshire, he was just the sort of filmmaker who would need to hire … Read more

Varicam LT shines on a dark night

London-based production company Pundersons Gardens has completed the first production in Europe using the Panasonic VariCam LT’s recently introduced RAW recording capability and Convergent Design integration, supported by rental provider VMI. The night shoot was a music promo for UK grime artist Trim, recently signed to James Blake’s 1-800 Dinosaur label, directed by Chris Read … Read more

Filmscape eyes latest anamorphic advances

Camera specialist Filmscape has taken delivery of a selection of new Anamorphic lensing options from Cooke, ARRI, Kowa and Lomo. The Cooke Anamorphic/i family has garnered praise for its precision and versatility, and the ARRI Master range is particularly suited to 35mm format use. The Lomo/Hawk lens set offers all the characteristics of classic Anamorphic … Read more

Movietech stays focussed on lens compatibility and choice

Amid the latest developments in both contemporary and traditional imaging methods, camera, lens and grip specialist Movietech is making sure it remains focussed on compatibility with all formats, particularly when it comes to lenses. As an independent equipment provider, Movietech has made significant investment in products from a variety of industry-leading manufacturers to ensure cinematographers … Read more