Talent and triumph at the BSC Awards: celebrating the winners

Filmmaking achievement was celebrated at the third BSC Awards ceremony. Despite being held virtually due to pandemic restrictions, the spotlight shone brightly on outstanding cinematography and camera operating throughout the last year, as well as acknowledging those who have contributed to the society either directly or, in the opinion of the BSC, to the wider … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Support and Survival”

I write this piece during the last days of 2020 with as much uncertainty about the future as when I wrote ten months ago when the pandemic was still an unsettling but curious event that few people knew much about. It crept up on us in plain sight if you recall and, according to some, … Read more

Mike Eley BSC "National Treasure"

NATIONAL TREASURE President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC NATIONAL TREASURE President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC It hasn’t gone quite as well as we hoped. Six months of various types of lockdown was meant to be the price paid for an autumn release that would herald a winter of….well, if not content at least freedom … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Self-Preservation Society”

SELF-PRESERVATION SOCIETY President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC SELF-PRESERVATION SOCIETY President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC According to my diary, I pressed ‘send’ on my last President’s Perspective on February 25th. I have to seek out my own copy of the magazine to see what it was I wrote back then in that pre-Covid-19 world. … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Balancing Acts”

Balancing Acts President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Balancing Acts President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Lead image: Credit – Richard Blanshard The second BSC Awards Night was held on February 15th at the Grosvenor House Hotel. After last year’s inaugural event, it was great to see the same energy taken forward by all involved … Read more

BSC urges members to “Stay in touch and be supportive” during COVID-19 outbreak

A message from BC President, Mike Eley BSC: Dear Members, These coming weeks and months will be the most challenging our industry has faced in most of our lifetimes. We are used to the ebb and flow of work, the peaks and troughs, but this is something altogether different; the virtual shutdown of our entire … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “May The Force Be With Us”

May The Force Be With Us President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC May The Force Be With Us President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC 2019 was the BSC’s 70th Anniversary year, one during which the society’s identity was celebrated and given a bit of a polish. There were two particular highlights; the inaugural BSC Awards … Read more

Winners crowned at 2020 BSC Awards

On Saturday 15th February 2020, the BSC held its 2nd Awards Night at the Grovesnor House Hotel in Mayfair, London and there was further success for DPs Roger Deakins and Jakob Ihre, plus triumphs for operators Joe Russell and Geoffrey Haley. The event was hosted by Mike Southon BSC and Mike Eley BSC, with Guest … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Snap Shots”

Snap Shots President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Snap Shots President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC This being the President’s Perspective, it’s only fair to say that my perspective these days has been one deeply embedded in the seemingly endless spin-cycle of Work-Eat-Sleep-Repeat as dictated by the call sheet. I never forget to thank my … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 96

Feast your eyes on the new edition of British Cinematographer magazine – digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 11th November 2019 onwards. On the Cover Rodrigo Prieto AMC ASC on The Irishman In our latest cover feature, Rodrigo Prieto AMC ASC speaks to us about work on director Martin Scorsese’s new epic, The … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Under A Bushel”

Under A Bushel President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Under A Bushel President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC “Serious shortage of people doing ‘proper jobs’ on film sets.” “Streaming could kill the UK independent film industry.” Those two headlines, both seen within weeks of each other earlier this year, were eye-catching and not a little … Read more

Women Behind The Camera

Women Behind The Camera (WBTC) is a platform showcasing the skills of women working in the camera, lighting and grip departments of the UK film and TV industry. Created by three camera operators – Lucy Bristow, Ilana Garrard and Agnieszka Szeliga – it currently has a database of 173 names and contact details covering every … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 94

Feast your eyes on the new edition of British Cinematographer magazine – digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 17th July 2019 onwards. On the Cover Robert Richardson ASC on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood In our latest cover feature, Robert Richardson ASC speaks to us about teaming up with Quentin Tarantino for … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Call Of Duty”

Call of Duty President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Call of Duty President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC At last year’s BSC Summer Lunch, I was seated next to Billy Williams OBE BSC. It would, in any event, be a pleasure to be in conversation with one of the society’s most esteemed members and a … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Works Of Heart”

Works Of Heart President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Works Of Heart President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC The greatest film ever made? For much of the twentieth century it was universally acknowledged to be Citizen Kane. And in the making of that classic, Orson Welles recognised the essential truth of cinema by paying Gregg … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 93

Feast your eyes on the new edition of British Cinematographer magazine – digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 16th May 2019 onwards. On the Cover George Richmond BSC on Rocketman In our latest cover feature, George Richmond BSC speaks to us about teaming up again with director Dexter Fletcher to style the visuals … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “The giving of gifts”

The giving of gifts President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC The giving of gifts President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC This year marks the BSC’s 70th anniversary. In September of 1949, Bert Easey, then head of the camera department at Denham and Pinewood Studios, saw to fruition his idea of a British Society Of Cinematographers, … 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

Mike Eley BSC / The White Crow

Dance Lesson Mike Eley BSC / The White Crow Dance Lesson Mike Eley BSC / The White Crow By Trevor Hogg After adapting William Shakespeare for his directorial debut Coriolanus (2011), Ralph Fiennes explored the mistress of author Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman (2013), and for his third effort delves into the defection of … Read more