Harry Wiggins

Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / Harry Wiggins Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / Harry Wiggins Fact file Age: 51Born: LondonFamily: 2.5 kids (if you include the cat!)Education: French & Latin at Oxford University, then City & Guilds 236 at Hackney CollegeLives: Shepherds BushHobbies/Passions: Taking my kids to the theatre Selected … Read more

Stronger Together

Working Conditions in film production In collaboration with FERA (the European Federation of Film Directors) IMAGO initiated a broad, two-day conference on Working Conditions in Vienna in the last week of January. The conference was organised in partnership with EU-XXL, and the conclusions of the conference and the views of the participating cinematographers, film directors … Read more

Sights of the BSC Expo 2019

DoP and photographer Richard Blanshard was on-hand once more to capture the action, the collaboration and the excitement, as 5600 people over two days attended the latest BSC Expo at Battersea Evolution earlier this month, and you can take in the sights and faces from this year’s show right here at British Cinematographer – both … Read more

Barry Ackroyd BSC / The Outlaw King

Outnumbered Barry Ackroyd BSC / The Outlaw King Outnumbered Barry Ackroyd BSC / The Outlaw King Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd BSC has a unique shooting style. His handheld documentary techniques have brought a dynamism and energy to features such as The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) and The Hurt Locker (2008) to Captain Phillips (2013) and made … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 90

Feast your eyes on the new edition of British Cinematographer magazine – digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 12th November 2018. On the Cover Dick Pope BSC on Peterloo The acclaimed production and ENERGAcamerimage main competition contender Peterloo, shot by Dick Pope BSC, depicts a bloody and brutal episode in British history. Pope … Read more

Frances Russell BSC

First Lady Clapperboard / Frances Russell BSC First Lady Clapperboard / Frances Russell BSC Header image: Frances (centre) with Helen MacLean (l) and Audra Marshall (r) at the 2016 BSC Summer Luncheon. For 37 years, Frances Russell worked as company secretary for the British Society Of Cinematographers, before deciding on semi-retirement from the role in … Read more

James Oldham

Musically-Minded Meet The New Wave / James Oldham Musically-Minded Meet The New Wave / James Oldham Feature Image: James Oldham on a night shoot in Rochdale for Tobi Sunmola | Music Video | Credit – Howard Wilkinson Photography Filmography (so far): The Flying Lesson (short) (2013) and CTRL Z (short) (2017) When did you discover … Read more

Barry Ackroyd BSC / Detroit

Plus ça change Barry Ackroyd BSC / Detroit Plus ça change Barry Ackroyd BSC / Detroit The Academy Award nominations field appears wide open this year, with few – if any – solid front-runners. Among the many possibles for best picture is Detroit. Well-reviewed on its release last year, but with a poor showing at … Read more

Re-live the BSC Expo 2018

Over 5,500 visitors attended the BSC Expo 2018 at Battersea Evolution on 2nd and 3rd February, but don’t worry if you couldn’t make it as we have some of the best sights and sounds of the event for you to enjoy. DoP and photographer Richard Blanshard was on-hand to capture the action, the collaboration and … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 85

Feast your eyes on the new edition of British Cinematographer magazine – digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 26th January 2018. On the Cover Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC on The Greatest Showman Seamus McGarvey takes centre stage to talk lights, cameras and action on his first musical film, The Greatest Showman, inspired by … Read more

Come and Visit The BSC Expo 2018

Following the success of its 2017 edition, the BSC Expo is back, and is bigger than ever, at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London (2-3 February 2018). Created by the British Society Of Cinematographers, the annual kit-fest is the UK’s leading event for film and television production – delivering the nation’s premier showcase for all manner … Read more

Recognition

“Why the hell not the cinematographer?” As former BSC president Barry Ackroyd BSC wrote it in a recent article in this magazine, the sentence, “Why the hell not the cinematographer?” is a question more and more cinematographers ask themselves. In many of the world´s countries, cinematographers are recognised as authors or co-authors of the image … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Come Together”

Come Together President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Come Together President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC This being my first President’s Perspective, it seems only right to kick-off with a huge thank you to our immediate past president, Barry Ackroyd BSC. I’ve known Barry for nearly 30 years and I guess you could say that, … Read more

Barry Ackroyd BSC
“Preserving the Image”

Preserving the image President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC Preserving the image President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC We all know that cinematography is a brilliant career. It’s an art form that we all love and, as I’ve often said, cinematographers play a pivotal and primary role in creating cinema. What’s not to love about … Read more

Mike Eley BSC elected as new BSC President

Cinematographer Mike Eley BSC has been elected the new president of the British Society Of Cinematographers. Eley, whose credits include Touching The Void (2003), Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang (2010), Ronaldo (2015) and My Cousin Rachel (2017), takes over the reins from Barry Ackroyd BSC who served as president from 2014. “It is an … Read more

Barry Ackroyd BSC “Intellectual Property”

Intellectual Property President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC Intellectual Property President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC If you were around in the early ‘80s, and you’re still able to think that far back, you’ll recall what was arguably the best film of 1981 – Das Boot, the amazing, Oscar-nominated, true tale of German U-boat U96 … Read more

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“Matter Of Life And Death”

Matter Of Life And Death President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC Matter Of Life And Death President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC Forgive me if I misquote one of our great philosophers of the 20th century, and former manager of Liverpool Football Club, the great Bill Shankly, who once said, in his syrupy Glaswegian accent, … Read more

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“Truth drug”

Truth Drug President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC Truth Drug President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC 2016 is over, and what a year it was. Just about every thing I read over the festive holidays said that it was one of the worst. Almost certainly some kind of turning point was reached and, of course, … Read more

Illuminatrix To Highlight Leading Female Cinematographers

illuminatrix, the UK’s first collective of female cinematographers, calls for gender equality amongst cinematographers working in the UK film industry. Despite women making up 50.1% of film students in the UK, recent reports have highlighted the sizeable gender imbalance in the film industry across the globe. Data from Directors UK shows that the field of … Read more