James Laxton ASC on working with Panavision for The Underground Railroad

Published in 2016, Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad examines America’s history of slavery through a fictional lens that imbues the story’s terrible truths with a touch of mythology. After its main character, Cora, escapes from a plantation in Georgia, she embarks on an arduous journey northward, toward the promise of freedom. Cora travels on the Underground … Read more

Panavision Sydney services Shang Chi

This article was shared with permission from Panavision.  – Large-format Sphero 65 optics contribute to the look of the Marvel blockbuster. Cinematographer Bill Pope, ASC turned to Panavision Sydney for the camera and lens package on the Marvel Studios feature Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Over the course of production, Panavision Sydney supplied … Read more

CVP appoints Camille Brayer as business development manager

CVP, one of the UK and Europe’s leading production solutions providers, has further strengthened the customer experience team located at its Newman House showroom in London with the appointment of a new business development manager, Camille Brayer.  Camille joins CVP from Panavision subsidiary Direct Digital, where she held a wide-ranging brief encompassing managing studio shoots, advising … Read more

70 Years of the Operators Awards

CELEBRATING TALENT: 70 YEARS OF THE OPERATORS AWARDS As the Operators Awards celebrates its 70th anniversary, we look back at its formative years and examine the important part the awards still play in recognising outstanding achievement and the camera operator’s vital role in the filmmaking process.  In 1953, four years after its formation, the British Society of Cinematographers decided to celebrate technical expertise and creativity in cinematography in the form of annual … Read more

Cinematographer Jack Donnelly discusses intricate camera work for Godfather of Harlem season 2

Cinematographer Jack Donnelly discusses windowing DXL2 for 6K capture and pairing the camera with Super 35-format Primo lenses for Godfather of Harlem Season 2. When Godfather of Harlem Season 2 begins, it’s February 1964, and the series’ eponymous gangster, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson (Forest Whitaker), has been in hiding for three months while notorious mafioso Vincent “Chin” Gigante (Vincent … Read more

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

Cinematographer Trevor Forrest discusses his work on Tell Me Your Secrets

Cinematographer Trevor Forrest discusses combining the Millennium DXL camera with Primo 70 optics for the series Tell Me Your Secrets. The 10-episode series Tell Me Your Secrets interweaves the stories of three characters whose troubled pasts have set their moral compasses adrift and their destinies on a collision course. Following a stint in prison that stemmed from … Read more

Light Iron’s Nick Hasson details the colour workflow for Netflix feature Yes Day

Light Iron senior colourist Nick Hasson has offered insight on his work for Netflix’s Yes Day.  Directed by Miguel Arteta and shot by Terry Stacey ASC, the Netflix original feature Yes Day tells the story of a family of five — parents Allison and Carlos Torres (Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramírez, respectively), and their kids Katie … Read more

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

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