DP Joe “Jody” Williams and director Craig Brewer unite for Coming 2 America

Cinematographer Joe “Jody” Williams and director Craig Brewer partner with Panavision and Light Iron to take audiences back to Zamunda in the sequel Coming 2 America. Arriving in movie theatres in the summer of 1988, Coming to America starred Eddie Murphy as Prince Akeem Joffer from the fictional African nation of Zamunda. Upon learning that … Read more

Join British cinematographer Geoff Boyle NSC as he shares his life lessons

This Friday (19th), CVP, in association with Rise, Panavision and CML, are hosting a special event which will see cinematographer Geoff Boyle NSC share his life lessons. During this 40 minute ‘fireside chat’, Boyle will share candid, colourful and anecdotal stories, reflecting on his experiences and sharing his life lessons. Of course, there will also … Read more

Alexis Zabé ASC AMC on shooting commercials in large format with the Millennium DXL2

Cinematographer Alexis Zabé ASC AMC‘s interest in image making began to develop at an early age, while he was growing up in Mexico City. “I remember going into the darkroom with my dad,” he says. “It was really entertaining for me, the darkness, the smells, seeing the photos appear and the rhythm of that very … Read more

COPA90 and Mind partner to create 16mm film exploring football’s impact on mental health

As two million grassroots footballers in the UK count down the days to return of amateur sport on 29th March, COPA90 and Mind have partnered to reveal a unique film exploring the impact of the beautiful game on the nation’s mental health. Sunday, a three-minute spot shot entirely on 16mm film and directed by Charlie … Read more

Writer-director Ekwa Msangi and DP Bruce Francis Cole detail the visual language of Farewell Amor

Writer-director Ekwa Msangi’s debut feature Farewell Amor premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2020 and was released in December by IFC Films. Msangi describes the intervening months as “a roller coaster,” marked as they were by a global pandemic, social unrest and political turmoil. “It’s been such an awkward year,” she says. “But … Read more

Panavision announces Atlanta rental facility expansion

Panavision, designer, manufacturer, and rental provider of high-precision optics and camera systems, and parent company to post-production services provider Light Iron, has announced it will expand its Atlanta facility into an attached adjacent building. The combined space will double Panavision Atlanta’s current physical footprint, reaffirming the company’s commitment to supporting the technical and creative needs … Read more

Film Independent selects 30 filmmakers for Project Involve 2021

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organisation that produces the Spirit Awards, has selected 30 filmmakers for Project Involve 2021. Project Involve is a free nine-month program for writers, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, animators, programmers and entertainment executives from diverse backgrounds. During the program, participants meet one-on-one with film industry mentors, create short films, and attend … Read more

Director Robert Connolly and DP Stefan Duscio discuss crafting The Dry with the Panavision DXL2

Based on the novel by Jane Harper, the feature The Dry stars Eric Bana as Aaron Falk, an Australian Federal Police agent who returns to his rural hometown following an apparent murder-suicide involving an erstwhile friend. As he’s pulled into the investigation, connections emerge to another mystery from Falk’s and the town’s past, and old … Read more

VMI helps launch UK’s first apprenticeship standard for camera technicians

Back in 2019, VMI managing director, Barry Bassett, contacted the TV industry body ScreenSkills to investigate whether it might be possible to set up a formal apprenticeship standard for UK camera rental companies. The idea was that this programme would include a high level of training to enable school leavers to enter the industry and … Read more

Made In Her Image and Panavision introduce the Catalyst Cohort diversity programme

In the next step of the expanded partnership announced last summer, nonprofit Made In Her Image and Panavision are launching a new educational, mentorship, and networking program that seeks to address gender and racial disparities within the motion-picture industry. The Catalyst Cohort by Made In Her Image and Panavision is a free three-month programme the … Read more

Denton Black Film Festival, DBFF Institute and Panavision expand partnership

As part of an ongoing effort to support and elevate the Black storytelling community, the Denton Black Film Festival and its DBFF Institute, is expanding its partnership with Panavision, the global provider of technical and creative solutions that provide the foundation for the creative image-making process. During the 2021 Denton Black Film Festival, 27 January … Read more

Mark Furssedonn appointed managing director of Panalux

Panalux has announced that Mark Furssedonn will lead the company as managing director. “Mark has been an established figure in our industry for over 35 years and has more than 20 years of service and experience with the Panavision family of brands,” said Kim Snyder, Panavision President and CEO. “He will continue to prioritise Panalux’s … Read more

Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys apppointed vice president and general manager of Panavision Chicago

Panavision has named Zoë Iltsopoulos Borys to lead the company’s Chicago office as Vice President and General Manager. Borys will ensure Panavision’s customers continue to receive the highest level of service and support throughout the commercial, television, and feature sectors, and will be supported in the office’s day-to-day business by Chicago operations manager Stan Glapa. … Read more

Stephan Pehrsson BSC on Utopia

Utopia is a twisted conspiracy thriller about saving the world, while trying to find your place in it. Inspired by the British series (photographed by BSC members Ole Bratt Birkeland and Lol Crawley), the new eight-part Amazon Original is adapted by showrunner Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and centres on a group of comic fans who … Read more

Rizwan Wadan / Mr Helix

Mover, not shaker Innovator / Rizwan Wadan / Mr Helix Mover, not shaker Innovator / Rizwan Wadan / Mr Helix All images: ©Pixeleyed Pictures Rizwan Wadan of Mr Helix is a self-taught technician with a passion for providing solutions that extend far beyond revolutionising the way shots are stabilised. From TV hits like Luther to … 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

Dan Mindel BSC ASC SASC / Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

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

Experience Panavision’s End-to-End Ecosystem at 2019 Camerimage

Panavision and its family of companies return to the EnergaCamerimage International Film Festival from November 9-16 in Torun, Poland, with an immersive, end-to-end experience for attendees. Torun’s newly renovated Karczma Damroki facility, across the street from the Jordanki Festival Center, will be transformed into an interactive festival space called PanaVillage and will showcase the integrated … Read more