Mihai Malaimare Jr. on making The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall, a new Western from director-writer-producer Jeymes Samuel, puts cinematographer Mihai Malaimare, Jr. behind the camera. Samuel’s feature directorial debut seems almost tongue-in-cheek at times, combining stylised violence and a dusty elegance to pull audiences into the story.   Shooting in mostly exterior situations in New Mexico, Malaimare combined Panavision Millennium DXL2 cameras with RED MONSTRO 8K VV sensors and … Read more

Netflix acquire Scanline VFX

From the interstellar landscape of Cowboy Bebop and the ravenous vampires of Blood Red Sky to the exploding underground reactor in Stranger Things 3, Netflix want to delight their members by pushing the boundaries of visual effects. Hence, they have announced their plans to acquire Scanline VFX. Scanline was founded in 1989 and is now led by Stephan Trojansky, a … Read more

New post-production studio Assembly announces launch

Assembly, a new state-of-the-art post-production studio, has launched with a roster of seasoned professionals, set out to redefine the post-production experience and service the global creative market across advertising, film and television.   Founded by Art Williams, Oliver Hicks and Colin Moneymaker, Assembly’s core values include their flexibility of services and creative solutions, investment in leading … Read more

BAFTA Breakthrough opens applications in India for a second year

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) invites a new round of applications in India for its Breakthrough programme, in partnership with Netflix, from prospective talent across the film, games and television industries. The BAFTA Breakthrough India programme will once again identify, promote and support Indian talent within these industries on a global … Read more

Netflix & UNESCO launch competition in Sub-Saharan Africa

Netflix and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”. One … Read more

Netflix is coming to Enfield with new film and TV production site

Netflix has called the UK one of its “most important hubs”, as it agrees a lease to open a major new production site in Enfield. The streaming giant has signed to take space from FTSE 100 landlord Segro where it will have sound stages, studios and areas for make-up and costumes. Netflix, who recently attracted … Read more

October 2021: Striking out

It always seems to be one precipice or another, out here on the edge of the continent. As this is being written, both town and country teeter on the edge of several. While the current solvency of the US is being thrashed out in Washington, Hollywood’s own solvency similarly hangs in the balance, as below the line … Read more

Ellen Kuras ASC Captures Netflix’s Pretend It’s a City

This article has been shared with permission from Sony. All images courtesy of Netflix. – Directed by Martin Scorsese, the ideation of this series began over ten years ago, starring the acerbic Fran Lebowitz, in what is a witty look at New York from her POV. Lebowitz, known for her satire and critical writings, has … 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

Netflix launches new training programme for next generation of UK creatives

Netflix will invest £1.2m in its new training programme for the creative industry that will help develop and support the careers and training of up to 1000 people across the UK through its own productions, its partners and education institutions. ‘Grow Creative UK’ will focus on upskilling below the line new and emerging British talent, especially those from diverse … Read more

Aviva Investors enter long-term partnership with Netflix at Longcross Studios

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), announced that it has entered a long-term agreement with Netflix, the global entertainment company, to operate and significantly expand the extensive film and production facility at the renowned Longcross Studios complex in Surrey. The partnership, which will see Netflix take a long-term lease at … Read more

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

We’re delighted to announce that the September 2021 issue of British Cinematographer is now here! You can find out more about the incredible interviews and articles you can expect to find inside our 107th edition now by reading on… BEN RICHARDSON ASC ON MARE OF EASTTOWN In this month’s cover story special, Ben Richardson ASC shares fascinating insight into his … 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

Ari Wegner ACS to receive the TIFF Variety Artisan Award at the 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards

Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, announced that cinematographer Ari Wegner will be honoured with the TIFF Variety Artisan Award at this year’s TIFF Tribute Awards. The award recognises a distinguished creative who has excelled at their craft and made an outstanding contribution to cinema and entertainment. For the second straight year, the … Read more

August 2021: Passion for production

It seemed, for a week or two in June, that perhaps this column would revert to a semblance of its pre-pandemic self, with the distracting rhythms of Emmy and Oscar season once again insinuating themselves into conversations about, and the perception of, shows on both the large and small screens. Perhaps we would see each … Read more

IBC announces innovation awards shortlist

IBC has announced the shortlist for the highly coveted IBC2021 Innovation Awards which celebrate the spirit of collaboration within the content and technology industry. The awards, which span Content Creation, Content Distribution and Content Everywhere, recognise organisations that have identified a market challenge and worked together to create a solution. Winners and their technology partners … Read more

DARK BAY virtual production stage opened at the renowned Studio Babelsberg

One of Europe’s largest, permanently installed LED studios for virtual film productions has officially opened: DARK BAY virtual production stage. With technical support from market-leading partners in camera and lighting technology (ARRI and FABER AV) as well as from the VFX industry (Framestore), an innovative high-end studio for virtual film production was built on the … Read more

Netflix helps launch Film Independent’s Amplifier Fellowship

Film Independent’s latest addition to its Artist Development programs is The Amplifier Fellowship. Supported by founding sponsor Netflix, the Film Independent Amplifier Fellowship is a customised program designed to support six Black artists on the cusp of a major career breakthrough. While other programs throughout the industry are designed to help filmmakers get their foot in … Read more

New episode of HPA’s ‘Through The Frame’ explores Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy

Jesse Korosi, the incisive and engaging host of Through the Frame, goes behind the scenes with Hameed Shaukat and Jenna Stevenson, co-executive producer and post supervisor on Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy. If you have ever wondered what it means to be a post producer or post supervisor on a high end scripted episodic tv show, here’s … Read more

Angus Hudson BSC / The Life Ahead

KINDRED SPIRITS A compelling performance-driven tale of unexpected friendship, deteriorating mental health and haunting childhood trauma is captured with sensitivity and considered naturalism by Angus Hudson BSC and a gifted filmmaking team.  “One of the many appeals of being part of this project was making a film with Sophia Loren – a worldwide treasure and … Read more

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