Mike Eley BSC
“International illumination”

International illumination President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC International illumination President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC This edition (84, November 2017) of the BSC magazine celebrates the 25th anniversary of both IMAGO and Camerimage, a body and an event respectively that provide forums for our profession and which embody supportive coexistence. I went to my … Read more

Mike Eley BSC “Come Together”

Come Together President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC Come Together President’s Perspective / Mike Eley BSC This being my first President’s Perspective, it seems only right to kick-off with a huge thank you to our immediate past president, Barry Ackroyd BSC. I’ve known Barry for nearly 30 years and I guess you could say that, … Read more

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“Preserving the Image”

Preserving the image President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC Preserving the image President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC We all know that cinematography is a brilliant career. It’s an art form that we all love and, as I’ve often said, cinematographers play a pivotal and primary role in creating cinema. What’s not to love about … Read more

Barry Ackroyd BSC “Intellectual Property”

Intellectual Property President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC Intellectual Property President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC If you were around in the early ‘80s, and you’re still able to think that far back, you’ll recall what was arguably the best film of 1981 – Das Boot, the amazing, Oscar-nominated, true tale of German U-boat U96 … Read more

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“Matter Of Life And Death”

Matter Of Life And Death President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC Matter Of Life And Death President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC Forgive me if I misquote one of our great philosophers of the 20th century, and former manager of Liverpool Football Club, the great Bill Shankly, who once said, in his syrupy Glaswegian accent, … Read more

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“Truth drug”

Truth Drug President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC Truth Drug President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd BSC 2016 is over, and what a year it was. Just about every thing I read over the festive holidays said that it was one of the worst. Almost certainly some kind of turning point was reached and, of course, … Read more

Beyond Brexit

Beyond Brexit President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd Beyond Brexit President’s Perspective / Barry Ackroyd We all know that feeling when something goes horribly wrong. Like when you open the door to the film magazine, expose the neg and ruin those vital rushes. You feel sick to your stomach. Things are not right and your world … Read more

Spoilt for choice

Spoilt for Choice President’s perspective / Barry Ackroyd Spoilt for Choice President’s perspective / Barry Ackroyd I recall, about 10 or 12 years ago, reluctantly taking my son and a bunch of his mates to see a blockbuster movie at The Empire, Leicester Square. First I tried to subtly steer them away from the popcorn … Read more

Schaefer applauds Ackroyd’s bravura

Cinematographer Roberto Schaefer ASC AIC recently wrote in from the US to share his thoughts on Barry Ackroyd BSC’s President’s Perspective column in the March 2016 issue of British Cinematographer Magazine. “I am moved to write to you to comment on the bravura of Barry Ackroyd BSC. I find it rare in these days of … Read more

Diversity – the spice of life

Diversity – the spice of life President’s perspective / Barry Ackroyd Diversity – the spice of life President’s perspective / Barry Ackroyd The diversity storm that stirred this year’s Oscar ceremony has already begun to ring the changes. But who would have thought that the first responder would have been Thomas The Tank Engine? Yes, … Read more

Cause for celebration

Cause for celebration Letter from America / Richard Crudo ASC Cause for celebration Letter from America / Richard Crudo ASC Discover the 2015 Camerimage Festival of Cinematography, through the first-time experiences of Richard Crudo ASC, president of the ASC. If you’re not aware of the Camerimage International Film Festival, you ought to be. And if … Read more

Not making the grade

Not making the grade President’s perspective / Barry Ackroyd Not making the grade President’s perspective / Barry Ackroyd It’s been a tough start to 2016 for cinematography. We have lost some of the greatest-ever exponents of our art – Haskell, Vilmos and most lately Douglas Slocombe OBE BSC. Each of them so great and, in … Read more

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