Take a sneak peek inside the July 2021 issue of British Cinematographer

The July 2021 issue of British Cinematographer is now here! You can find out more about just some of the fascinating interviews and articles you can expect to find inside our latest edition now by reading on… JAMES LAXTON ASC ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD In our cover story special, we catch up with cinematographer James Laxton ASC to find out more … Read more

Steven Poster ASC: “It’s a new day again”

IT’S A NEW DAY AGAIN We are artists. We are technicians. We are inventors. We are teachers. We are business people. We are traffic cops. But most of all we are story tellers. And we have vision. We are the only people on a production that have a consistent photographic vision from beginning to the … Read more

David Heuring: “Nothing Beats The Big Screen”

NOTHING BEATS THE BIG SCREEN On 3 December, Warner Bros. announced that its 17 films scheduled for 2021, including Dune and The Matrix 4, would be released simultaneously in theatres and on the company’s streaming service, HBO Max. Jason Kilar, chief executive of WarnerMedia, cast the decision as future-savvy nod to the fans, and necessary, … Read more

Mark London Williams: “Safety Matters”

Southern California hospitals are facing a crisis the likes of which we have never seen before. Patients are dying in ambulances waiting for treatment because hospital emergency rooms are overwhelmed. You might think we’re quoting L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, or perhaps California Governor Gavin Newsom. But instead, the above comment is from former Beverly Hills, … Read more

Mark London Williams "The Stories Being Told"

THE STORIES BEING TOLD Letter from America / Mark London Williams The Stories Being Told Letter from America / Mark London Williams In his 1986 essay Novel Writing in An Apocalyptic Time, the late Walker Percy (who, ironically enough for our purposes, first came to fame with his novel The Moviegoer), notes, of a culture’s … Read more

Steven Poster ASC “Caveat Emptor”

Caveat Emptor Letter from America / Steven Poster ASC Caveat Emptor Letter from America / Steven Poster ASC I’m writing to you on the plane home from the 2019 celebration of the art of cinematography called EnergaCamerimage in Toruń, Poland. This grand event happens every year in November and allows us a wonderful week to … Read more

Roy H Wagner ASC HFRPS “Cinema is Dead”

Cinema is Dead Letter from America / Roy H Wagner ASC Cinema is Dead Letter from America / Roy H Wagner ASC Several weeks ago I was sitting in on an interview with a very prominent director, during which he lamented the end of the cinema experience. He also regarded that storytelling in a cinematic … Read more

Steven Poster ASC “Rise of the Robots”

Rise of the Robots Letter from America / Steven Poster ASC Rise of the Robots Letter from America / Steven Poster ASC On the eve of standing down as national president of the International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, Steven Poster ASC says education, development, and standardisation remain crucial as a new age of technology … Read more

Roy H. Wagner ASC “Embrace Diversity”

Embrace Diversity Letter From America / Roy H Wagner ASC Embrace Diversity Letter From America / Roy H Wagner ASC Roy H. Wagner says the art of cinematography and storytelling in film becomes all the more rich and rewarding through inclusion and diversity. Diversity. This word has greater meaning today than ever. It can suggest … Read more

Roy Wagner ASC shoots Stand! with Blackmagic Design cameras

Cinematographer Roy H. Wagner ASC shot the upcoming musical drama Stand! using several Ursa Mini Pro cameras for principal photography, along with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K for select shots. The story of Stand! revolves around the general strike that occurred in Winnipeg in 1919, an event that inspired such modern causes as the … 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

Roy H. Wagner ASC launches online cinematography channel

Along with working as a professional cinematographer, Roy H. Wagner ASC has spent the last 40 years hosting seminars, teaching at all of the prominent American film Schools, and interviewing many cinematographers. Having found production partners to support his desire to leave a lasting impression of those members of the cinematographic community, Wagner has launched … Read more

Roy H. Wagner ASC “The British New Wave”

The British New Wave Letter From America / Roy H Wagner ASC The British New Wave Letter From America / Roy H Wagner ASC I’m a child of the golden age of filmmaking. Well, at least one of those golden ages we speak of with such reverence – the 1940s. As a young aspirant I … Read more

Steven Poster ASC
“Wait and see!”

Wait and see! Letter From America / Steven Poster ASC Wait and see! Letter From America / Steven Poster ASC Steven Poster ASC, national president, International Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, recounts how patience can be its own reward when it comes to maintaining artistic intent. Learning the virtue of patience is not an easy … Read more

Roy H. Wagner ASC “Past Present Perfect”

Past Present Perfect Letter From America / Roy H Wagner ASC Past Present Perfect Letter From America / Roy H Wagner ASC Roy H. Wagner ASC hFRPS says cinematogaphers today have more power, and relevance, than ever. In the midst of the greatest celebration of filmmaking at Metro Goldwyn Mayer, during the 1940s, a master … Read more

Steven Poster ASC “The Time Is Now”

The Time Is Now Letter From America / Steven Poster ASC The Time Is Now Letter From America / Steven Poster ASC I have always made it a goal to include women and people of colour on my crews, but that’s hardly been an easy ask. One time (in another country that shall go nameless), … Read more

Roy H. Wagner ASC “Community Spirit”

Community Spirit Letter From America / Roy H Wagner ASC Community Spirit Letter From America / Roy H Wagner ASC Roy H. Wagner ASC HFRPS says that when the chips are down, crew must be able to bond collectively together to say yes or no to a production’s demands. I’m old enough to remember six-day … Read more

Roy H Wagner ASC
“British Style”

British Style Letter from America / Roy H Wagner ASC British Style Letter from America / Roy H Wagner ASC Born and raised in a tiny village of 10,000 in the middle of America. Flat farm lands as far as the eye could see. The cinema was our only hope to believe our dreams fulfilled. … Read more

Steven Poster ASC
“Safety Is No Accident”

Safety Is No Accident Letter from America / Steven Poster ASC Safety Is No Accident Letter from America / Steven Poster ASC Steven Poster ASC, president of the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 600, says well-being of the crew, both on and off-set, is of paramount importance, and shares details of ICG’s free Safety App. We … Read more