Alan Stewart BSC / Tom and Jerry

CAT AND MOUSE GAMES Breaking away from the trend of photorealism is the big screen adaption of Tom and Jerry which honours the cartoon heritage of the cat and mouse rivals while placing them within live-action environments. The hybrid approach employed by filmmaker Tim Story (Barbershop) was an interesting challenge for Tom and Jerry cinematographer … Read more

Matthew Jensen ASC / Wonder Woman 1984

All images: Credit: Clay Enos WORLD OF WONDER Matthew Jensen ASC reunites with director Patty Jenkins to help bring a vision of an optimistic, pure, pop-oriented movie to fruition, enhanced by bold colour, authentic ‘80s styling and action sequences of epic proportions. The year is 1984 and a 12-year-old Matthew Jensen is immersed in film … Read more

DP Sverre Sørdal FNF on County Lines

DP Sverre Sørdal FNF wrote in with details about his work on director Henry Blake’s County Lines, a coming-of-age thriller about a 14-year-old boy who is groomed into a county lines criminal network. “The shoot was four weeks, 11-day-fortnight with one pick-up day, making 23 days in total. We shot exclusively on location around London … Read more

March 2020: Just One Language – Visual Language

Just one language – visual language Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Just one language – visual language Across The Pond / Mark London Williams By the time you read this in March – which side of the “Ides” you find yourself on – the Oscars and award season itself will be, as previously … Read more

Robbie Ryan BSC ISC / Marriage Story

Uncoupling Robbie Ryan BSC ISC / Marriage Story Uncoupling Robbie Ryan BSC ISC / Marriage Story Shot on Kodak 35mm film, director Noah Baumbach’s tragi-comedy Marriage Story earned multiple nominations during the 2020 awards season. Its sure-footed cinematography was composed by Robbie Ryan BSC ISC. Baumbach’s sensitive and sharp-witted bi-coastal narrative centres on a marriage … Read more

August 2019: Charting Through Emmy's Waters

Charting Through Emmy’s Waters Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Charting Through Emmy’s Waters Across The Pond / Mark London Williams As we head through summer’s dog days, and toward “Academy Season” (though Emmy season is first – stay tuned!), it’s worth noting that John Bailey ASC’s tenure as Academy President has ended, as … Read more

March 2019: A subtle shift in focus

A subtle shift in focus Across The Pond / Mark London Williams A subtle shift in focus Across The Pond / Mark London Williams The first new column of spring finds us, once again, “between frames,” as it were. In the annual calendar’s relentless march – NAB! Cine Gear! Emmy! Oscar! – there is a … Read more

Eric Steelberg ASC / The Front Runner

Hart pounding Eric Steelberg ASC / The Front Runner Hart pounding Eric Steelberg ASC / The Front Runner All images c/o Columbia Pictures BY: Trevor Hogg One of the catchiest headlines was published by People Magazine in 1987, which read ‘Hart Stopper’ in reference to Florida model Donna Rice and her alleged extramarital affair that … Read more

Barry Ackroyd BSC / The Outlaw King

Outnumbered Barry Ackroyd BSC / The Outlaw King Outnumbered Barry Ackroyd BSC / The Outlaw King BY: David Wood Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd BSC has a unique shooting style. His handheld documentary techniques have brought a dynamism and energy to features such as The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006) and The Hurt Locker (2008) to Captain Phillips … Read more

Kate Reid / Press

Broadsheet Battles Kate Reid / Press Broadsheet Battles Kate Reid / Press BY: Valentina Valentini Lead image by David Suchet In the fictional land of Press – the BBC’s newest situation drama premiering on TV in September – there exist two main worlds: The Post and The Herald. They are competing newspapers at the centre … Read more

Larry Fong ASC / The Predator

Hunting Grounds Larry Fong ASC / The Predator Hunting Grounds Larry Fong ASC / The Predator BY: Trevor Hogg After encountering warring Spartans in 300, battling superheroes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and raging monsters in Kong: Skull Island, Larry Fong ASC collaborated with filmmaker Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang ) and … Read more

Oscar Faura / Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

People Love Dinosaurs Oscar Faura / Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom People Love Dinosaurs Oscar Faura / Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Directed by J. A. Bayona, and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom marks another action-packed addition to the blockbuster dinosaur franchise. Made on a budget of around $170m, the fifth instalment of … Read more

Dan Laustsen DFF ASC / Proud Mary

Killer Instinct Dan Laustsen DFF ASC / Proud Mary Killer Instinct Dan Laustsen DFF ASC / Proud Mary BY: Trevor Hogg Shifting from a prolific and extremely efficient hitman unable to retire in John Wick: Chapter 2  to a female assassin with a crisis of conscious in Proud Mary, cinematographer Dan Laustsen DFF ASC has … Read more

Rob Hardy BSC / Annihilation

Jungle Boogie Rob Hardy BSC / Annihilation Jungle Boogie Rob Hardy BSC / Annihilation BY: Michael Burns When the cinematographer and writer-director responsible for one of the most visually striking films of modern times come together again to work on a new movie, based on a contemporary sci-fi classic, you know that the look will … Read more

Haris Zambarloukos BSC GSC / Murder On The Orient Express

All Aboard Haris Zambarloukos BSC GSC / Murder On The Orient Express All Aboard Haris Zambarloukos BSC GSC / Murder On The Orient Express BY: Ron Prince A sumptuous steam-train journey through the wintery mountains of Eastern Europe comes to a grinding halt after an avalanche impedes its progress, and the dramatic discovery of a … Read more

December 2017:
The Burning of Los Angeles

The Burning of Los Angeles Across the Pond / Mark London Williams The Burning of Los Angeles Across the Pond / Mark London Williams In what is still the greatest of Hollywood novels, Nathanael West’s Day of the Locust, the story ends with conflagration – quite literally “the burning of Los Angeles,” as both metaphor … Read more

Matt Jensen ASC / Wonder Woman

Kick-ass collaborations Matt Jensen ASC / Wonder Woman Kick-ass collaborations Matt Jensen ASC / Wonder Woman BY: David Wood Think of DC Comics’ character Wonder Woman and most people would picture Lynda Carter’s iconic 1970s TV portrayal of the proto-feminist heroine. But Warner Bros. and director Patty Jenkins seem to have changed all that with … 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

Paul Cameron ASC takes on Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

On the set of the upcoming, major motion picture, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, award-winning director of photography Paul Cameron ASC had to overcome hefty challenges. To get unprecedented oceanic shots, Cameron used drones to gather closer approaches and wrap-around shots of the ships. His aerial unit also managed to sink … Read more

Mark Patten / Taboo

The dark side Mark Patten / Taboo The dark side Mark Patten / Taboo BY: Michael Burns How do you convey the inner turmoil of a 19th century adventurer, whilst simultaneously fleshing out his movements through the filthy streets and sumptuous rooms of Regency London? This was the challenge for Mark Patten, director of photography … Read more

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