Erik Messerschmidt ASC / Mank

MASTERCLASS IN MONOCHROME Black-and-white biopic Mank sees another successful collaboration between cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt ASC and director David Fincher as they craft an authentic portrayal of Hollywood’s golden age and explore the turbulent development of the script for Citizen Kane. “This was not an offer I had to consider; the answer was an immediate yes,” … Read more

Tim Ives ASC goes back to the future for Stranger Things 3

Netflix’s wildly-popular, horror fantasy series, Stranger Things, has returned for its third run, featuring aesthetic and technical differences that move the show into new territory. Partnering since the first episode, with the show’s writers/directors – brothers Matt and Ross Duffer – was director of photography Tim Ives ASC. Together, the filmmaking team hit upon a … Read more

Gerhard Baier – Leitz Cine Wetzlar

Glass act Innovator / Gerhard Baier Glass act Innovator / Gerhard Baier BY: Michael Burns The name Leica should need no introduction to readers of British Cinematographer Magazine, but the name Ernst Leitz Wetzlar may be slightly less familiar. It shouldn’t be, though. This, the new name of the CW Sonderoptic lens manufacturing company, is … Read more

Sam McCurdy BSC / Lost In Space

Blast Off Sam McCurdy BSC / Lost In Space Blast Off Sam McCurdy BSC / Lost In Space BY: Adrian Pennington To reboot 1965 TV series Lost In Space, Netflix returned to the source material, in the form of the novel ‘Swiss Family Robinson’ published in 1812, and combined it with a visual treatment straight out of the … Read more

The Leica Summilux-C lenses arrive at Movietech

Independent camera, lens and grip specialist, Movietech has introduced the Leica Summilux-C range of lenses to its hire inventory. Featuring 11 focal lengths from 16mm to 100mm, at T1.4 the Summilux-C PL mount primes are among the fastest modern lens sets currently available. With superb resolution and high contrast ratios the lenses present clear, highly-accurate … Read more