Matysiak picks new lenses and Tiffen filters for an unforgiving Western look on Old Henry

Reaching for a historic lens is an almost instinctive choice for modern cinematographers, especially those keen to transport an audience back in time. On Old Henry, cinematographer John Matysiak took a different approach to creating a realistically harsh and unforgiving world for director Potsy Ponciroli’s western. Inspired by photographers of the time, Matysiak used carefully chosen … Read more

Introducing Tiffen Warm Diffusion Filters

The Tiffen Company has added a new line of problem-solvers to their vast array of front-of-the-lens optical filters. Tiffen’s Warm Diffusion family premiers three distinctive innovations—all aimed at giving new cinematic looks to today’s diverse array of complexions, dark to light—in camera. Each filter in the series offers the benefits of Tiffen Filter’s effective yet … Read more

Tiffen’s Steadicam workshops up and running again amidst ‘huge number of new projects’

Tiffen International at Pinewood Studios UK has recently restarted their Steadicam® Workshops, running a Steadicam Silver Workshop at The Bull Hotel in Gerrards Cross. Tiffen international director of sales Robin Thwaites said: “We were quite apprehensive about when to start running Steadicam Workshops again following lockdown but decided that given the right controls and venue … Read more

Tami Reiker ASC / One Night In Miami

MEETING OF THE MINDS Director of photography Tami Reiker ASC lenses Regina King’s directorial debut One Night in Miami, the imagined story of a meeting between Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke. Not every film allows the crew to lose themselves so entirely in the moment that they forget they’re making a … Read more

Chris Fawcett

UPWARD MOBILITY Innovation is often driven by a single idea or preoccupation. For Chris Fawcett it is ergonomics and, more specifically, human movement. This makes sense for someone who specialises in Steadicam shooting but Fawcett has used his experience as an operator and early training in architectural engineering to design devices and systems for enhancing … Read more

DaVinci Resolve makes the grade for Amulet

Amulet follows homeless ex-soldier Tomaz (Gods Own Country’s Alec Secaraenu), as he uncovers paranormal terrors after taking a job helping a young woman and her dying mother. “We wanted to create a film with a strong visual sensibility that inspired a visceral response and played on expectation of the horror genre,” begins director of photography, … Read more

January 2020: To Make The Drama Work

To Make The Drama Work Across The Pond / Mark London Williams To Make The Drama Work Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Lead image: Mihai Malaimare Jr. points the way during production on Jojo Rabbit It’s Boxing Day as we sit down to unpack the items slated for the current column, and it … Read more

October 2019: Growing Up and Maturing

Growing Up and Maturing Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Growing Up and Maturing Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Lead image: Michael Cioni, global SVP of Innovation; Emery Wells, CEO – Frame.io Although the calendar stretch between All Hallows and Valentine’s Day (give or take a week or two) sees the run … Read more

DP Stephen Murphy On Death and Nightingales

DP Stephen Murphy wrote in with details about his work on Death And Nightingales, the three-part BBC mini-series directed by Allan Cubitt and produced by Jonathan Cavendish for Imaginarium. Based on the novel of the same name, written by Eugene McCabe and set in rural Fermanagh in 1883, it stars Jamie Dornan, Matthew Rhys and … Read more

December 2018: Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings

Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Open Houses and Holiday Gatherings Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Lead image: Tiffen’s Tyson Galland walks a new user through a Steadicam demo at Tiffen Company’s open-house event in December Of late, each month’s column has appeared early the “following” month, … Read more

Tiffen at 80

Family Jewels Innovator / Tiffen Family Jewels Innovator / Tiffen Lead image: Nat Tiffen accepting the Scientific and Engineering Oscar BY: Kevin Hilton Not all companies start out in the business that they later become best known for. Tiffen began as a metal machining firm in New York, producing components that were used for fitting … Read more

June 2018:
Future Proofing

Future Proofing Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Future Proofing Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Lead image: ©2018 George Leon/FILMCASTlive We are a tad later than usual with our pixel slinging, coming to you just after summer solstice, since we’ve recently wrapped up our annual sojourn on the magazine side, covering L.A.’s … Read more

Inside The New Issue: 87

Feast your eyes on the new edition of British Cinematographer magazine – digitally* via our website, or in print**, from 8th May 2018. On the Cover Bradford Young ASC on Solo: A Star Wars Story Set ten years before the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, the visuals on this summer’s big … Read more

April 2018:
Connecting with tech at NAB

Connecting with tech at NAB Across The Pond / Mark London Williams Connecting with tech at NAB Across The Pond / Mark London Williams As NAB 2018 wraps up, the show, with its multiple layers, programming tracks, and exhibit halls, seems like the “elephant” in the tale of the blind men and the pachyderm: Feeling … Read more

Tiffen To Host Open House & Warehouse Sale

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 12 pm – 5 pm, Tiffen Technical Center, Burbank Tiffen invites you to come check out the latest from Steadicam, Tiffen Filters, Domke, Lowel, Davis & Sanford and their other great brands. They will have live demonstrations on the new Steadicam M-1 Volt and Tiffen NATural ND Filters. BBQ and Refreshments … Read more

CineGear Expo 2017 Review

Bigger Data, Smaller Lights CineGear Expo 2017 / Mark London Williams Bigger Data, Smaller Lights CineGear Expo 2017 / Mark London Williams All pictures courtesy of George Leon of Filmcast Live. As one colleague noted, Cine Gear is en route to becoming a “mini-NAB” – an ever-expanding trade show of equipment, and its possibilities, for … Read more

Steadicam training at Tiffen’s gold UK workshops

Steadicam’s contribution to the broadcast and film industries is well-known. Becoming a top operator is an ambition for many film school students or camera assistants working their way up. However, Steadicam is not ‘put on and go’, it requires training and practice to be able to produce results. Would-be operators recently took a Tiffen Gold … Read more

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