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

Derek Vanlint CSC / Alien

HATCHING A FRANCHISE When Derek Vanlint CSC passed away in 2010, obituaries called him the “Alien cinematographer”. With the help of David Johnson BSC, we look back at the film that defined Vanlint’s career. Released in 1979, Alien forever changed what sci-fi could look like, sparked a long-running franchise, and established Ridley Scott as a director to … Read more

Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC / 1917

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

John Mathieson BSC / Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Film Noir John Mathieson BSC / Pokémon Detective Pikachu Film Noir John Mathieson BSC / Pokémon Detective Pikachu BY: Ron Prince Captured on Kodak 35mm film, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, directed by Rob Letterman and shot by British cinematographer John Mathieson BSC, demonstrates that it’s both eminently feasible and financially profitable to shoot a VFX-laden, CG character-led film … Read more

Michael Coulter BSC / The Hustle

Trick of the Light Michael Coulter BSC / The Hustle Trick of the Light Michael Coulter BSC / The Hustle BY: Kevin Hilton Many films are not always shot where they are set. The main action of new comedy The Hustle takes place on the French Riviera, but cinematographer Michael Coulter BSC concedes that “not … 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

Success for Shepperton Studios as Council support plans

Spelthorne Borough Council’s Planning Committee has resolved to grant outline planning permission for the improvement and expansion of the world-renowned Shepperton Studios site in Surrey, England. This decision will allow the progression of Pinewood Group’s £500 million investment to expand the world-class facility, increasing capacity for film and high-end television production in the UK. It … 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

Robert Yeoman ASC / Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Super Trouper Robert Yeoman ASC / Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again Super Trouper Robert Yeoman ASC / Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again BY: Ron Prince Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, is the long-awaited, much-anticipated, foot-tapping sequel to the 2008 romantic musical Mamma Mia! (dir. Phyllida Lloyd, DP Haris Zambarloukos BSC GSC). The … Read more

José Granell

Miniature Magic Clapperboard / José Granell Miniature Magic Clapperboard / José Granell BY: Michael Burns V For Vendetta, Enigma, K19: The Widowmaker, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, the Harry Potter series – watch the films, then view the showreel of the Magic Camera Company and prepare to be amazed. You’d never guess where models and miniature work … Read more

Ivan Dunleavy stands down as CEO at Pinewood Studios

After 17 years leading Pinewood, Ivan Dunleavy is stepping down as chief executive. In an email to all staff on 24th April, Paul Golding, chairman of Pinewood, said: “Ivan has played a huge role in the success of Pinewood.  When we became owners six months ago, we were delighted that he stayed on. Now, having … Read more

Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / Life

Killer instinct Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / Life Killer instinct Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC / Life The crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) successfully capture a space probe returning from Mars. It has a particularly interesting sample inside: the first proof of extra-terrestrial life. However, instead of discovering a simple, microbial life-form – endearingly … Read more