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

Phedon Papamichael ASC GSC / The Trial of the Chicago 7

A SNAPSHOT OF HISTORY Phedon Papamichael, ASC GSC, has been making good use of the 1960s lately, gaining BAFTA and ASC nominations for his work on Ford v Ferrari, and now, a year after that film’s release, finding himself at the tail end of that storied decade with Netflix’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, … Read more

Dan Mindel BSC ASC SASC / Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Stephen Lighthill ASC “Resistance Isn’t Futile”

Resistance Isn’t Futile Letter From America / Stephen Lighthill ASC Resistance Isn’t Futile Letter From America / Stephen Lighthill ASC Stephen Lighthill ASC, senior filmmaker-in-residence/cinematography, at the AFI Conservatory/American Film Institute, reports on recent events in the Hollywood cinematographic community. Talk about heavy seas; one could sit in front of the flatscreen watching the news … Read more

November 2018: Out of Darkness, Cometh Light

Out of Darkness, Cometh Light Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Out of Darkness, Cometh Light Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Lead image: energaCAMERIMAGE winner The Favourite The calendar change from December to January is always redolent with contradiction – the wistfulness and yearnings of fall, giving way to finality, the endings, … Read more

Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / Bad Times At The El Royale

Vivid expression Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / Bad Times At The El Royale Vivid expression Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / Bad Times At The El Royale WANT TO READ IT ALL? Below is only a teaser, and the full interview can be found in the September 2018 issue (89) of British Cinematographer magazine. If you purchase a … Read more

Charlotte Bruus Christensen DFF / A Quiet Place

Shhh!! Charlotte Bruus Christensen DFF / A Quiet Place Shhh!! Charlotte Bruus Christensen DFF / A Quiet Place Shot on Kodak 35mm, the suspenseful horror feature A Quiet Place  earned fearsome acclaim worldwide when it released in April 2018, and has since put in a frighteningly good performance at the global box office too. Following … Read more

Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / The Greatest Showman

Dazzle and Delight Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / The Greatest Showman Dazzle and Delight Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / The Greatest Showman BY: Ron Prince 20th Century Fox’s $80m musical feature, The Greatest Showman, is inspired by the story of PT Barnum’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus – billed as “The Greatest Show … Read more

Panavision brings Millennium DXL Camera and large format lenses to Camerimage

Continuing 25 years of support, Panavision once again celebrates the art and craft of moving pictures with filmmakers at the Camerimage International Film Festival of Cinematography, which runs November 11 – 18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. This year, Panavision hosts a masterclass with Oscar-winner John Toll, ASC, and a workshop on large-format filmmaking. On Nov. 14 … Read more

Darius Khondji AFC ASC / Okja

Globe trotter Darius Khondji AFC ASC / Okja Globe trotter Darius Khondji AFC ASC / Okja BY: Ron Prince Okja is no ordinary pet. She’s a six-ton ‘super piglet’, and is both cherished and adored by Mija, a 14-year-old orphan who lives with her grandfather in blissful, mountainous, farm country in South Korea. However, the trouble is … Read more

Ben Seresin BSC ASC / The Mummy

Monster makeover Ben Seresin BSC ASC / The Mummy Monster makeover Ben Seresin BSC ASC / The Mummy BY: Ron Prince Once upon a time in ancient Egypt, a princess, named Ahmanet, was chosen as the new ruler. But her father did not wish to pass the throne to her, preferring a male heir. When … Read more

Jess Hall BSC / Ghost In The Shell

Wired and wonderful Jess Hall BSC / Ghost In The Shell Wired and wonderful Jess Hall BSC / Ghost In The Shell BY: Ron Prince 2029: Niihama Prefecture. The Major, a cyborg counter-cyberterrorist policewoman, and her special-ops task force are charged with thwarting the activities of a nefarious cyber-criminal gang. This is an age when computer technology … Read more

Linus Sandgren FSF / La La Land

Song and dance Linus Sandgren FSF / La La Land Song and dance Linus Sandgren FSF / La La Land BY: Ron Prince Although it was produced for a modest $30million, La La Land has big production panache. It looks set to be a box office sensation too. At the time of going to press … Read more

Dan Sasaki

Glass Act Innovator / Dan Sasaki Glass Act Innovator / Dan Sasaki BY: Adrian Pennington Revered by cinematographers as a magician capable of conjuring quintessentially distinctive looks, Dan Sasaki, VP of optical engineering at Panavision, modestly dismisses his lauded status. “I am definitely no Leonardo da Vinci,” he says. “I’m a person who knows how to deconstruct … Read more

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