Pinewood Studios supports youth employment scheme Kickstart

The work and pensions secretary Thérèse Coffey and minister for employment Mims Davies MP recently visited Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, to officially launch the Pinewood Group’s Kickstart Scheme, and meet one of the eight participants who will join them on a six-month long placement. The Kickstart Scheme is a government initiative aimed at … Read more

Industry Wide Shot: Studios

SPACE TO CREATE Despite the obstacles presented by the pandemic a number of new UK studio locations have been announced recently. We round-up some of the latest developments and the role they will play in filmmaking’s future. The shockwaves of 2020 are still being felt throughout the film industry, even though a number of productions … Read more

Charlotte Bruus Christensen ASC / Black Narcissus

SPIRITUAL JOURNEY Delicate camera movement and a palette inspired by the early Technicolor filmmaking process tell a story of stifled desires unfolding in a colourful world almost removed from reality.  Cinematographer Charlotte Bruus Christensen ASC ventured into directorial territory for the first time when making three-part mini-series Black Narcissus – the BBC, DNA Films and FX co-production based … Read more

Mark Jenkin / Bait

Hooked! Mark Jenkin / Bait Hooked! Mark Jenkin / Bait Captured on Kodak B&W 16mm film, director Mark Jenkin’s unique, ultra-low budget movie, Bait (2019), released in the UK by the BFI (British Film Institute), earned widespread critical acclaim, multiple awards and turned in impressive results at the box office. Here the director shares details … Read more

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

How would you like to shoot a Bollywood movie?

DP Santonio Terzio contacted us about his work on the British-based production of Well Done Baby, and says he would like to connect BSC members to Indian filmmakers and production houses. “Well Done Baby is a £1.5m Indian film story about a modern couple who fail to understand the meaning and purpose of their relationship, … Read more

MBSinnovations

Most illuminating Spotlight / MBSinnovations Most illuminating Spotlight / MBSinnovations BY: Kevin Hilton Innovation in product development is a priority for lighting manufacturers. Increasingly it is also important for rental companies, which are not only aiming to build up and service a client base but also provide technology that best suits the needs of specific productions. As … Read more

Nigel Bennett Promoted to Managing Director at Molinare

Molinare have this week announced the promotion of Nigel Bennett to the new role of Managing Director and as part of this restructure, Julie Parmenter has left the company. Julie was integral to maintaining the successful Molinare brand, subsequent acquisition of Hackenbacker and expansion into Hoxton. The Board expresses their appreciation to Julie for her … Read more

David Procter / The Innøcents

Dynamic Ranger David Procter / The Innøcents Dynamic Ranger David Procter / The Innøcents BY: Ron Prince Header image: David Procter metering the opening scene. Photo: Dan Gadd “Legendary cinematographer Donald McAlpine ACS ASC, once said to me, ‘Calm seas never made a skilled sailor’. I live by that,” says cinematographer David Procter. And perhaps … Read more

David Sinfield

Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / David Sinfield Shining a light on… Gaffers ‘R’ Us / David Sinfield BY: David Wood Fact file Age: 39 School: Thamesmead, Shepperton/Strodes College, Egham Training: Lee Lighting/City Of Westminster College Early career: Lee Lighting at Shepperton Studios First Job: To Kill A King with gaffer John ‘Biggles’ … Read more

Ben Davis BSC / Dumbo

Tusk master Ben Davis BSC / Dumbo Tusk master Ben Davis BSC / Dumbo WANT TO READ IT ALL? Below is only a teaser, and the full interview can be found in the March 2019 issue (92) of British Cinematographer magazine. If you purchase a year’s digital subscription from just £30, or a year’s all-inclusive … 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

Laurie Rose BSC / Stan & Ollie

Double Act Laurie Rose BSC / Stan & Ollie Double Act Laurie Rose BSC / Stan & Ollie BY: Ron Prince Stan & Ollie follows the world’s most famous comedy duo, Laurel & Hardy, as they attempt to reignite their dwindling film careers, during a gruelling music hall tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland … Read more

Dion Beebe ACS ASC / Mary Poppins Returns

Spellbound Dion Beebe ACS ASC / Mary Poppins Returns Spellbound Dion Beebe ACS ASC / Mary Poppins Returns BY: Ron Prince She’s back! Set in 1930s London, three decades after the events of the original film, Walt Disney Pictures’ $130m musical fantasy sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, sees the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks reappear in … Read more

Matthias Königswieser / Christopher Robin

Nature On Film Matthias Königswieser / Christopher Robin Nature On Film Matthias Königswieser / Christopher Robin BY: Ron Prince “Before I started on the production, I knew in the back of my mind that film was the only way to show off the natural beauty of the enchanted forest,” says DP Matthias Königswieser, about his … Read more

Glenn Freemantle

Aural Sex Innovator / Glenn Freemantle Aural Sex Innovator / Glenn Freemantle BY: Kevin Hilton Innovations in cinematography are often not difficult to spot: fluid Steadicam moves, the contra-zoom, crane shots and matte effects all make an immediate impact. Similar innovation in sound is less apparent but no less effective. Specially created sound effects, subtle … Read more

Sean Bobbitt BSC / On Chesil Beach

The Facts Of Life Sean Bobbitt BSC / On Chesil Beach The Facts Of Life Sean Bobbitt BSC / On Chesil Beach BY: Ron Prince “Although there were some physical and logistical challenges, it was a really charming film to work on,” is Sean Bobbitt BSC’s immediate recollection about his time spent as cinematographer on … Read more

Bradford Young ASC / Solo: A Star Wars Story

Space truckin’ Bradford Young ASC / Solo: A Star Wars Story Space truckin’ Bradford Young ASC / Solo: A Star Wars Story BY: Ron Prince Set ten years before the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope  (1977), Solo: A Star Wars Story centres on the young scoundrel, Han Solo, and his inter-galactic … 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

Ula Pontikos BSC / Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Femme fatale Ula Pontikos BSC / Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool Femme fatale Ula Pontikos BSC / Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool BY: Ron Prince Set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the critically-acclaimed Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool retells the biographical account of actor Peter Turner and his brief but … Read more

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