AFC-related activities

Cinematographer Niels Thastum, DFF, discusses his work on Jonas Alexander Arnby’s film "When Animals Dream"

Interviews at Cannes

Niels Thastum, DFF, is a Danish cinematographer who graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in Copenhagen in 2009. He works on documentaries, advertisements, and music videos, notably alongside photographer-director Casper Balslev. When Animals Dream is his first experience working on a feature-length film, directed by his fellow Dane, director Jonas Alexander Arnby. (FR)

Director of photography Benoît Delhomme, AFC, discusses his work on James Marsh’s "The Theory of Everything"
The Theory of Everything: a "biopic" between Douglas Sirk and Kristof Kieslowski

Interviews at Camerimage

After working on a gangster movie written by Nick Cave, a biblical movie based on a story by Oscar Wilde, and a spy movie based on a story by John le Carré, Benoît Delhomme, AFC, just filmed the biopic dedicated to the life of Stephen Hawking and his romance with his first wife, Jane. A film by James Marsh, a British director of documentaries who received an Oscar in 2007 for Man on Wire. (F.R.)

A Chat with Filmmaker Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC
By François Reumont for the AFC

Interviews at Camerimage

Looking back at the beginnings of his career and his education, Phedon Papamichael admits that he didn’t attend a cinema school. “I was originally a photographer, and I learned to make movies on the job, by filming lots of short films using the Éclair 16 camera that I owned at the time.” Bit by bit, he went from short films to feature-length films under the guidance of Roger Corman of Concorde Pictures, for whom, beginning in 1989, he signed off on a number of low-budget B series films produced in a fortnight. At that time, he began to work with a number of his future colleagues, Raphel Sanchez, who was a key grip and later became a gaffer, Wally Pfister, who is one of his sparks, and Janusz Kaminski, who was also working as a gaffer at that time.

Conversation with cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC
A few short echoes from Camerimage by Madelyn Most

Interviews at Camerimage

In a filmed interview, cinematographer Nancy Schreiber discusses her experience at Cameraimage, her concerns regarding the increased accessibility of the profession and the loss of craftsmanship that this has engendered. She ends the interview with her fears regarding the loss of control over the integrity of the image from its production to the final version.

Cantar-X3, the highlight of the AFC and AFSI’s joint visit to Aaton-Digital’s Grenoble location
By Jean-Noël Ferragut, AFC, and Philippe Ros, AFC

AFC-related activities

Accepting the kind invitation of Jacques Delacoux, CEO of Transvideo and Aaton Digital, a delegation of AFC and AFSI (French Association of Film and Television Sound) members travelled to 2, rue de la Paix in Grenoble (Isère Department) on 9 July 2014. This historical place, where Jean-Pierre Beauviala and his co-workers have been designing and manufacturing, inter alia, Aaton cameras and the Cantar-X, the company’s first digital recorder, and where the company with the promising future is currently creating its latest innovation, the Cantar-X3.

Cinematographer Mikhail Krichman, RGC, discusses his work on "Leviathan", by Andrei Zvyagintsev
A modern Russian western

Interviews at Cannes

Mikhail Krichman, RGC, is a Russian cinematographer who was “discovered” via his work with his fellow Russian, director Andrei Zvyagintsev. Since their first project, The Return, in 2003, they have also filmed The Banishment (2008) and Elena (2012) together. With Leviathan, which was chosen for the Official Competition in Cannes, they have created a social and political drama filmed in the furthest northwestern reaches of Russia, in a little village on the banks of the Barents Sea. A man whose government wants to deprive him of his lands decides to fight back… (FR)

Two Pictures a Day in Amman
Ninth week

Two Pictures a Day in Amman

Gilles Porte, AFC, and Samuel Lahu, his first assistant camera, spent nine weeks in Jordan filming Mai Masri’s film 3000 Nights. They agreed to send us two daily entries from the photo journal they kept every day. Their stay has ended, and you can now discover the photos they took during their ninth and last week in Jordan.

Two Pictures a Day in Amman
Eighth week

Two Pictures a Day in Amman

Gilles Porte, AFC, and Samuel Lahu, his Assistant Cameraman, are currently shooting in Jordan. They have agreed to send us two images extracted from the daily photographic journal they are keeping during the shooting of the film 3000 Nights, directed by Mai Masri. Have a look at their eighth week of work.

Two Pictures a Day in Amman
Seventh week

Two Pictures a Day in Amman

Gilles Porte, AFC, and Samuel Lahu, his Assistant Cameraman, are currently shooting in Jordan. They have agreed to send us two images extracted from the daily photographic journal they are keeping during the shooting of the film 3000 Nights, directed by Mai Masri. Have a look at their seventh week of work.

Two Pictures a Day in Amman
Sixth week

Two Pictures a Day in Amman

Gilles Porte, AFC, and Samuel Lahu, his Assistant Cameraman, are currently shooting in Jordan. They have agreed to send us two images extracted from the daily photographic journal they are keeping during the shooting of the film 3000 Nights, directed by Mai Masri. Have a look at their sixth week of work.

Two Pictures a Day in Amman
Fifth week

Two Pictures a Day in Amman

Gilles Porte, AFC, and Samuel Lahu, his Assistant Cameraman, are currently shooting in Jordan. They have agreed to send us two images extracted from the daily photographic journal they are keeping during the shooting of the film 3000 Nights, directed by Mai Masri. Have a look at their fifth week of work.

Two Pictures a Day in Amman
Fourth week

Two Pictures a Day in Amman

Gilles Porte, AFC, and Samuel Lahu, his Assistant Cameraman, are currently shooting in Jordan. They have agreed to send us two images extracted from the daily photographic journal they are keeping during the shooting of the film 3000 Nights, directed by Mai Masri. Have a look at their fourth week of work.

Two Pictures a Day in Amman
Third week

Two Pictures a Day in Amman

Gilles Porte, AFC, and Samuel Lahu, his Assistant Cameraman, are currently shooting in Jordan. They have agreed to send us two images extracted from the daily photographic journal they are keeping during the shooting of the film 3000 Nights, directed by Mai Masri. Have a look at their third week of work.