Cooke Optics announces new chairman and CEO

As Cooke Optics chairman, Les Zellan, steps down from the company, and CEO, Robert Howard, retires, Tim Pugh takes over as CEO, while Kees van Oostrum ASC NSC SBC AIC, currently a Cooke Optics board member, becomes non-executive chairman. Cooke, which is among the oldest lens brands to have continuously served the motion picture industry … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 101

Take a look at what’s inside the 101st edition of British Cinematographer magazine – available digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 21st September 2020 onwards. SPECIAL CONTENTS THE CHANGING FACE OF CINEMATOGRAPHY: PART 2 Following on from our landmark 100th edition, the second part of our special report reflects on how the growth of … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 100

Take a look at what’s inside the landmark 100th edition of British Cinematographer magazine – available digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 21st July 2020 onwards. SPECIAL CONTENTS THE CHANGING FACE OF CINEMATOGRAPHY: PART 1 As part of our milestone edition, we reflect on how the world of cinematography and the live’s of … Read more

A Message From The Association of Studios and Production Equipment Companies (ASPEC)…

Since the Government issued their latest set of guidelines, the Members of A.S.P.E.C. (Association of Studios and Production Equipment Companies) have found themselves under a degree of pressure to re-open their businesses to production. The realisation dawned that, without camera, grip, lighting and ancillary equipment, any return to meaningful work was nigh on impossible. Therefore, … Read more

ScreenSkills fast-tracks training for safe return to production

New training is being fast-tracked to help film and high-end television return safely to production, the skills body ScreenSkills announced last week. The training is being developed in response to the new challenges facing an industry that saw at least £426 million worth of productions postponed or suspended when social distancing measures – followed by … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 99

British Cinematographer Issue 99

Feast your eyes on the new edition of British Cinematographer magazine – digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 22nd May 2020 onwards. On the Cover Rob Hardy BSC ON DEVS In our cover story special, Ron Prince catches up with Rob Hardy BSC to discuss his time lensing Devs. The show – which … Read more

Joining Forces

IMAGO and ASC Join Forces Kees van Oostrum ASC, the president of the American Society Of Cinematographers, announced during the Camerimage 2019 opening ceremony in Torun, Poland, Saturday November 9th, that the Board of the American Society of Cinematographers ASC, has decided to join IMAGO as an associate member, an important step in increasing international … Read more

February 2020: At The Peak Of Their Craft

At The Peak Of Their Craft Across The Pond / Mark London Williams At The Peak Of Their Craft Across The Pond / Mark London Williams By the time you read our next column, the Oscars could well be in the rearview mirror, and it would seem probable that Roger Deakins will be holding another … Read more

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

February 2019: Singing the Praises

Singing the Praises Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Singing the Praises Across The Pond / Mark London Williams One of the great ironies of the now-concluded award season in L.A. (by which we mean, “the lull before the Emmy campaigns start”) especially for this column, is that if you wanted to talk to … Read more

ASC Protests Academy’s Decision on Cinematography Oscar Presentation

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and their president Kees Van Oostrum have protested Monday’s decision by AMPAS to present four Oscar categories, including Cinematography, during commercial breaks in the 91st Academy Awards’ telecast on 24th February. The Academy on Monday announced that four Oscar categories, including cinematography and editing, would be presented during commercial … Read more

September 2018: “The Jane Goodall of Cinematography”

The Jane Goodall of Cinematography Across The Pond / Mark London Williams The Jane Goodall of Cinematography Across The Pond / Mark London Williams LEAD IMAGE: Ellen Kuras, captures Jane, National Geographic’s documentary on Jane Goodall, in Tanzania. Credit: National Geographic L.A. has always been a town filled with self-congratulations – though D.C. gives it … Read more

August 2018:
Breaking Ground And Breaking Boundaries

Breaking Ground and Breaking Boundaries Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Breaking Ground and Breaking Boundaries Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Head Image: ASC President Kees van Oostrum and ARRI President and CEO Glenn Kennel preside over the groundbreaking ceremony for the ASC ARRI Educational Center (Lisa Muldowney – ignite)   If … Read more

Forming Bonds

International Cinematographer´s Summit 2018 Forty cinematographic societies, and more than 100 international cinematographers, were present during the 2018 International Cinematographer´s Summit (ICS) in Los Angeles in June. Arranged biannually, by the American Society Of Cinematographers, the ICS is a unique opportunity for international cinematographers to meet and discuss common challenges. Of the 40 societies attending … Read more

July 2018:
True Inspirations

True Inspirations Across The Pond / Mark London Williams True Inspirations Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Not all Presidencies in America are on the precipice of collapse. Kees van Oostrum (above), the DP behind films such as Gettysburg, series like Return to Lonesome Dove or the current The Fosters, as well as director … Read more

Visiting BSC Expo & Talking Safety

IMAGO at the 2018 BSC Expo IMAGO was strongly represented at the 2018 BSC Expo in Battersea, London in early February. The job done by the BSC is impressive. The Expo was highly successful, and it is so valuable for cinematographers to be able to meet to discuss, to attend masterclasses and to see new … Read more

ASC to Honor Angelina Jolie with Board of Governors Award

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced Oscar®-winner Angelina Jolie as the recipient of the 2018 ASC Board of Governors Award. The presentation will be made at the organization’s 32nd Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Feb. 17 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. The ASC Board of Governors Award is given … Read more

Kees van Oostrum to Serve Second Term as President of ASC

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has re-appointed Kees van Oostrum to a second term as president of the organization, based on votes at last night’s Board of Governors meeting. The ASC Board also elected its officers for the 2017-2018 term, including: Bill Bennett, John Simmons and Cynthia Pusheck as vice presidents; Levie Isaacks as … Read more

Kees van Oostrum ASC
“Works of heart”

Works of heart Letter from America / Kees van Oostrum ASC Works of heart Letter from America / Kees van Oostrum ASC Some of the movies that are in the running to compete for this year’s coveted Academy Award for Best Cinematography represent a less formulaic or traditional photographic style. As the saying goes, “The … Read more