Matt Gray BSC / Vigil

WATER-TIGHT CASE While onboard the nuclear submarine HMS Vigil to investigate a death, DCI Amy Silva (Suranne Jones) learns about a disappearance of a fishing trawler which may be directly related. Matt Gray BSC reveals how the team established the world of the submarine and developed a visual language to draw the audience into the story.  Vigil, … Read more

BBC Studioworks bolsters commitment to inspire and develop the next generation

BBC Studioworks is fuelling its commitment to building creative communities and investing in the future by providing much-needed access for the next generation of future talent. Following a successful pilot last year, eight more BBC Studioworks staff will mentor eight Elstree Screen Arts students starting in November. The programme, run in partnership with ScreenSkills, forms one … Read more

Life in Colour: a glimpse into a new spectrum

Article courtesy of RED Digital Cinema, Humble Bee Films and SeaLight Pictures.  BBC’s Life in Colour, co-produced with Netflix and Channel 9, highlights the way animals use colour through the eyes of several species. While ultraviolet (UV) and polarised light sit beyond the spectrum of human vision, they are used by some animals to communicate, attract mates and survive … Read more

BBC and Netflix form partnership to develop shows from disabled creatives

The BBC and Netflix have formed a partnership to develop and fund new, ambitious dramas featuring disabled creatives both in front of and behind the camera. Building on the existing commitments of both the BBC and Netflix, the five year partnership has been designed to increase representation of disabled talent both on-screen and off-screen, to … Read more

BBC Studios promotes Suzy Raia to senior vice president

BBC Studios – Americas has announced the promotion of Suzy Raia to senior vice president, consumer products and business development. Based in New York, Raia will continue to oversee and provide strategic licensing planning for the Bluey franchise in the Americas, as well as other key BBC brands including Doctor Who, Top Gear, His Dark Materials, and Natural History … Read more

Film London reveals its 2021 Lodestars

Film London has announced its 2021 Lodestars, the annual list honouring the innovative creators and practitioners to watch from across the capital. With lodestars known for their inspiration and guidance, the list celebrates those within Film, TV and Games who shine with outstanding creativity or craftsmanship, tipped to go on to ever greater works in … Read more

Matthew Goodman, Erin Ranney & Mark Sharman / Wildlife Cinematography

WILD THINGS As natural history production explodes, programmers are looking to connect audiences with wildlife in new ways. Three wildlife cinematographers shooting with RED cameras share the techniques and technology they use to capture the natural world. It just might be the golden age of natural history programming. BBC, PBS, National Geographic, and Discovery, the traditional homes of wildlife documentaries, are being … Read more

TV and film industry unites to launch new fund for unscripted TV

A new fund which will address skills gaps and shortages in unscripted television across the UK and build a bigger pool of off-screen crew and talent in the nations and regions is announced today by ScreenSkills with broadcasters, SVoDs and Pact. The new Unscripted TV Skills Fund will invest matched contributions from broadcasters and productions to … Read more

WFTV launches Four Nations Mentoring Scheme

The Four Nations Mentoring Scheme is designed for women looking to take a significant step in their career. 41 mentees have been selected from across the four nations take part in the 2021 programme. It runs for six months, during which time each of the participants are paired up with senior industry professionals for six … Read more

Imagining dragons for BBC America’s The Watch

VFX Studio, REALTIME, was a key creative partner on The Watch; the BBC America series bringing Terry Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld to the small screen. For the series, the studio delivered extensive post-vis, high-end VFX and crafted two very different types of dragon – from concept to final creature. The brief asked the studio to come … Read more

Jessica Lee Gagné, Pepe Avila del Pino & Chris Teague / Mrs America

Contrasting Views Jessica Lee Gagné, Pepe Avila del Pino & Chris Teague / Mrs America Contrasting Views Jessica Lee Gagné, Pepe Avila del Pino & Chris Teague / Mrs America BY: Valentina Valentini Mrs. America, screening on the BBC, plays like a series of short films during each of its nine episodes, following a different … Read more

Denson Baker ACS NZCS / The Luminaries

OPTICAL ESCAPE Denson Baker ACS NZCS /The Luminaries OPTICAL ESCAPE Denson Baker ACS NZCS /The Luminaries BY: Ron Prince “So many different kinds of artistry and expertise go into making a TV series, and every frame of the finished product shows the talent and efforts of hundreds of people,” says author Eleanor Catton, about The … Read more

Gavin Finney BSC / Good Omens

Apocalypse Not Now Gavin Finney BSC / Good Omens Apocalypse Not Now Gavin Finney BSC / Good Omens BY: David Wood As the end of time grows near with the approaching Apocalypse, an angel and a demon join forces to find a way to save the world. That’s the premise behind Good Omens, the visually-energetic … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 92

Feast your eyes on the new edition of British Cinematographer magazine – digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 18th March 2019 onwards. On the Cover Ben Davis BSC on Dumbo In our latest cover feature, Ben Davis BSC speaks to us about teaming up with director Tim Burton for the first time to … Read more

John Pardue BSC / Luther

Watching the detective John Pardue BSC / Luther Watching the detective John Pardue BSC / Luther Lead Image: BBC – Photographer: Des Willie DP John Pardue BSC wrote in with details about his work on the new BBC series Luther. “Luther  is a great opportunity for a DP to create something visually stunning. The scripts … Read more

Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses bring cinematic look to Doctor Who

Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses have brought a new cinematic look to latest series of BBC1’s Doctor Who. Cinematographer Denis Crossan BSC and director Jamie Childs shot the first episode that set the look and feel for the new series, which began its run on 7 October 2018. “I had worked with Jamie before on Next Of … Read more

Kate Reid / Press

Broadsheet Battles Kate Reid / Press Broadsheet Battles Kate Reid / Press BY: Valentina Valentini Lead image by David Suchet In the fictional land of Press – the BBC’s newest situation drama premiering on TV in September – there exist two main worlds: The Post and The Herald. They are competing newspapers at the centre … Read more

Eben Bolter / The Woman In White

Psycho Thriller Eben Bolter / The Woman In White Psycho Thriller Eben Bolter / The Woman In White BY: Ron Prince “What got me the job was saying that I didn’t want to do the job,” admits cinematographer Eben Bolter about his initial conversations with director Carl Tibbetts for the Origin Pictures/BBC drama series The … Read more

Capturing snow leopards with Varicam LT for new BBC series

A new BBC natural history series following the life of big cats made use of the Panasonic VariCam LT to track down the elusive snow leopards of Himachal Pradesh. Shooting over five weeks in the freezing temperatures of Northern India, where snow leopards inhabit rocky outcrops that provide perfect camouflage, meant the production team of … Read more

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