David Procter / Pokerstars Epic Downtime

SOARING AMBITIONS The scale and originality of the concept for Pokerstars Epic Downtime commercial was an instant draw for cinematographer David Procter – notably director Iain Morris’ ambition to achieve it all in one continuous shot. “The extreme technical challenge was a real allure, moving from a downtown LA rooftop, through Manhattan streets, various backlot sets … Read more

BFI Southbank marks 50th anniversary of the National Film and Television School with ‘NFTS at 50’ season

For half a century the National Film and Television School (NFTS) has trained some of the world’s best filmmakers. To celebrate the School’s 50th anniversary, BFI Southbank will be showcasing work from some of their best-known alumni with a celebratory ‘NFTS at 50’ season running from 1 September – 5 October, featuring seminal films by alumnus followed by Q&As with the directors. … Read more

Sir Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC announces book of his still photography

Sir Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC has always thought about doing it – and now he finally has. Deakins, who has rarely shown his still work, is publishing a book of his still photography. BYWAYS includes previously unpublished personal black-and-white stills that reflect a life spent looking and telling stories through images, from 1971 to … Read more

Point of View: Nurturing Talent

LEARNING BY DOING As the National Film and Television School celebrates its 50th anniversary, NFTS director Jon Wardle, reflects on the evolution of the School’s training offerings and the learning philosophy at its core. It’s been 50 years since the NFTS first opened its doors in Beaconsfield with our first intake of 23 students and … Read more

The NFTS to award Sir Sam Mendes with an honorary fellowship

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) is delighted to award multi-award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Sir Sam Mendes with an honorary fellowship. NFTS Chairman Patrick McKenna will present the fellowship, awarded each year to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the industry at the School’s annual graduation ceremony, due to take place at … Read more

Sir Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC

CREATIVE FORCE If Sir Roger Deakins’ career was a screenplay, it would have all the thrills and wow factor of a sure-fire hit movie. Now a knighthood can be added into a narrative already infused with originality, ingenuity, and award-winning creations. The master craftsman shares his valuable insight and discusses filmmaking highlights, creative influences, and … Read more

Howard Davidson

FACT FILE Age: 58Born: Brooklyn, New YorkEducation: Newfield High School/ Buffalo State College/ on setHobbies: Art, music, allotment, travel, Bob Dylan SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY (as gaffer unless otherwise stated) The Score (2020)After Love (2019)The F1rst Team (TV series) (2019)The Reluctant Landlord (Series 2) (2019)Click & Collect (BBC comedy) (2019)Scarborough (2018)Famalam (TV series) (2018)Vogue/Victoria Beckham Nowness (Branded … Read more

Take a sneak peek inside the March 2021 issue of British Cinematographer

We’re very excited to announce that the March 2021 issue of British Cinematographer is almost here! You can find out more about just some of the exclusive interviews and articles you can expect to find inside this incredibly special edition now by reading on… ON THE COVER… SIR ROGER DEAKINS CBE BSC ASC In our … 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

EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2020 Review

THE SHOW MUST GO ON While the filmmaking industry strived to overcome 2020’s obstacles to continue to create magic on screen, the event sector was also impacted by pandemic restrictions. Like many festival organisers, the dedicated team behind the 28th edition of EnergaCAMERIMAGE – the cherished event celebrating cinematography which attracts filmmakers and film enthusiasts … Read more

Sir Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC knighted in Queen’s New Year Honours list

Sir Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC has been knighted as part of the Queen’s annual New Year Honours list for his exceptional contribution to film. Two-time Oscar winner Deakins – an icon of British cinematography who is world renowned – joins a host of high-profile names from the arts, music, entertainment and sport knighted for … Read more

Richard Greatrex BSC

The Storyteller Clapperboard / Richard Greatrex BSC The Storyteller Clapperboard / Richard Greatrex BSC Award-winning cinematographer Richard Greatrex BSC, now an honoury member of the BSC and these days a dedicated stills photographer, was responsible for the look of dozens of films, including Mrs Brown (1997), Flawless (2007), A Knight’s Tale (2001), Warriors (1999), The … 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

March 2020: Just One Language – Visual Language

Just one language – visual language Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Just one language – visual language Across The Pond / Mark London Williams By the time you read this in March – which side of the “Ides” you find yourself on – the Oscars and award season itself will be, as previously … Read more

Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC / 1917

Winners crowned at 2020 BSC Awards

On Saturday 15th February 2020, the BSC held its 2nd Awards Night at the Grovesnor House Hotel in Mayfair, London and there was further success for DPs Roger Deakins and Jakob Ihre, plus triumphs for operators Joe Russell and Geoffrey Haley. The event was hosted by Mike Southon BSC and Mike Eley BSC, with Guest … Read more

Nominees Announced for 2020 IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography

The nominees have been announced for the third IMAGO Awards ceremony, which will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 14th March 2020, with Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC aiming for yet another trophy for his work on 1917. Having garnered Oscar, ASC, BSC and BAFTA accolades this year, Deakins will be one of three nominees … Read more

Deakins’ visuals on 1917 win the Academy Award for CInematography

1917 was a three-time Oscar winner at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday 9th February, including the trophy for ‘Best Cinematography’ to Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC. The World War One feature, filmed to appear as a one continuous shot, held off competition from The Irishman (DP Rodrigo Prieto), Joker (DP Lawrence Sher), One Upon … Read more

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