Mike Eley BSC: “Opportunity for change”

OPPORTUNITY FOR CHANGE No great release. Instead, a slow, tentative emerging from the foxhole, like the shell-shocked combatant who senses the bombardment has finally stopped and they can peer out once again to the wider world. It’s been said enough times the last twelve months and one would dearly like it to be true; as … Read more

Mike Eley BSC: “A Positive Influence”

Last year, this magazine celebrated its 100th Issue. In that issue, the President’s Perspective was written not by me but instead by cinematographer and educator Tunji Akinsehinwa. He talked about the challenges that he and others had confronted while trying to make their way in the film and TV industry. As he put it, “racial … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Support and Survival”

I write this piece during the last days of 2020 with as much uncertainty about the future as when I wrote ten months ago when the pandemic was still an unsettling but curious event that few people knew much about. It crept up on us in plain sight if you recall and, according to some, … Read more

Mike Eley BSC "National Treasure"

NATIONAL TREASURE President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC NATIONAL TREASURE President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC It hasn’t gone quite as well as we hoped. Six months of various types of lockdown was meant to be the price paid for an autumn release that would herald a winter of….well, if not content at least freedom … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Self-Preservation Society”

SELF-PRESERVATION SOCIETY President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC SELF-PRESERVATION SOCIETY President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC According to my diary, I pressed ‘send’ on my last President’s Perspective on February 25th. I have to seek out my own copy of the magazine to see what it was I wrote back then in that pre-Covid-19 world. … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Balancing Acts”

Balancing Acts President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Balancing Acts President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Lead image: Credit – Richard Blanshard The second BSC Awards Night was held on February 15th at the Grosvenor House Hotel. After last year’s inaugural event, it was great to see the same energy taken forward by all involved … Read more

Harvey Harrison BSC

Check The Gate Clapperboard / Harvey Harrison BSC Check The Gate Clapperboard / Harvey Harrison BSC In a career spanning more than five decades, Harvey Harrison BSC worked on a great number of movies with some of the biggest names in the filmmaking business, including Nic Roeg, The Wachowski’s, Mickey Moore and Ken Russell. During … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “May The Force Be With Us”

May The Force Be With Us President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC May The Force Be With Us President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC 2019 was the BSC’s 70th Anniversary year, one during which the society’s identity was celebrated and given a bit of a polish. There were two particular highlights; the inaugural BSC Awards … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Snap Shots”

Snap Shots President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Snap Shots President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC This being the President’s Perspective, it’s only fair to say that my perspective these days has been one deeply embedded in the seemingly endless spin-cycle of Work-Eat-Sleep-Repeat as dictated by the call sheet. I never forget to thank my … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Under A Bushel”

Under A Bushel President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Under A Bushel President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC “Serious shortage of people doing ‘proper jobs’ on film sets.” “Streaming could kill the UK independent film industry.” Those two headlines, both seen within weeks of each other earlier this year, were eye-catching and not a little … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Call Of Duty”

Call of Duty President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Call of Duty President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC At last year’s BSC Summer Lunch, I was seated next to Billy Williams OBE BSC. It would, in any event, be a pleasure to be in conversation with one of the society’s most esteemed members and a … 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

Mike Eley BSC / The White Crow

Dance Lesson Mike Eley BSC / The White Crow Dance Lesson Mike Eley BSC / The White Crow By Trevor Hogg After adapting William Shakespeare for his directorial debut Coriolanus (2011), Ralph Fiennes explored the mistress of author Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman (2013), and for his third effort delves into the defection of … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Credit Worthy”

Credit worthy President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Credit worthy President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC There are few things in our industry that divide opinion as quickly and as decisively as awards ceremonies. Or, more precisely, to whom the awards are given. “Really?! They gave best movie to…(insert film title here)!?” Or, “What do … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “The Human Touch”

The Human Touch President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC The Human Touch President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Every generation believes it is facing crises and dilemmas never before experienced, that its problems are unique and that, somehow, now is a turning point. As I write, during the dog days of August, the news cycle … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Meet… The Future”

Meet… The Future President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Meet… The Future President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC I can remember the moment I fell in love with cinema. It was a hot summer’s day in the early seventies and I, aged eleven, was kicking around at home, restless and bored. On a whim, I … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Fool’s Gold?”

Fool’s gold? President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Fool’s gold? President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC First up, huge congratulations to Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC for winning the Academy Award at this year’s ceremony. His work on Blade Runner 2049 was rightly recognised for its imagination, control and subtlety. After missing out on an … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Tipping point?”

Tipping point? Mike Eley BSC / President’s Perspective Tipping point? Mike Eley BSC / President’s Perspective Operators Night, one of the BSC’s premiere social evenings of the calendar, was held in early December last year. The venue was the Langham Hotel in the West End. A large ballroom, with thirty or so tables, each sitting … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Safety first”

Safety first President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Safety first President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Everyone was devastated when they heard the news of camera operator Mark Milsome’s death, a tragedy that occurred while he was filming on the set of the BBC/Netflix production The Forgiving Earth. Our thoughts went out immediately to Mark’s … Read more