The Letter’s editorials

Interview with Cinematographer Chris Menges, BSC, ASC
By François Reumont for the AFC

Chris Menges, BSC, ASC, is the only cinematographer in the world to have won not only two Oscars for Cinematography in 1984 and 1986 (The Killing Fields and The Mission, both by Roland Joffé), but also the Grand Prix du Jury at Cannes, in 1988, for A World Apart, which he directed and which was shot by Peter Biziou, and which also won (in a tie) Best Actress for its three star actresses.

Editorial - December 2018 Newsletter
By Agnès Godard, AFC

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 9th Arrondissement of Paris, 19:30
Ceremony Honoring Jean-Pierre Beauviala with a Special Award
 by the President of the ASC, Kees van Oostrum, with some AFC members in attendance. Aaton, Beauviala, these two names are inseparable from one another, a magic spell, a password on every continent and part of the vocabulary of all men and women who have chosen to make images their profession.

Editorial — June 2018 Newsletter
By Gilles Porte, AFC

Dear Thierry Frémeaux, Dear Pierre Lescure, I wish to personally thank you for having made a little bit of room for me on the steps of your immense red carpet during a time of the year when Cannes becomes many peoples’ centre of gravity. Thierry, I hope that I didn’t ruffle your feathers when you mentioned Lyon’s football team to me at the top of the steps. Although I hail from Lyon, I have been a supporter of Saint-Etienne for years now and began supporting them even before I’d noticed that the colour of their jerseys was the same colour regularly used in the Seventh Art for chroma keying.

AFC Newsletter Editorial, December 2017
By Richard Andry, President of the AFC

Sunday, November 26th. Back to Paris. Cold but sunny weather. Through the window I see trees loosing their leaves. Still fresh from Camerimage, I will get on the writing of the editorial of the monthly AFC Letter. The phone is ringing. A call from Rémy Chevrin. It’s a terrible and inconceivable news: our friend Matthieu Poirot-Delpech left us, taken from us brutally. I cannot believe it.

AFC Newsletter Editorial, July-August 2017
By Richard Andry, President of the AFC

In the dog days of parisian summer, as it is in the current situation, we can hide in a movie theater, it is a privileged place where, with other "film buffs", we can share a good (or less-good) movie and little freshness. This is a moment of pleasure, we can even sometimes enrich with a chocolate ice cream, and repeat over and over all day long, as I have used to do it since my earliest childhood.

AFC Newsletter Editorial, May 2017
By Richard Andry, Co-President of the AFC

During its Annual General Assembly on Saturday, 11 March 2017, the AFC elected Richard Andry as its President. He will carry out his duties alongside his two co-presidents, Laurent Chalet and Vincent Mathias. Here, you can read Richard Andry’s first editorial, which was published in May’s AFC Newsletter.

AFC Newsletter Editorial, September 2015
By Nathalie Durand, co-president of the AFC

When I was a camera assistant, I remember watching the dailies at the end of a day of shooting. I would take my scooter or my car, go to Epinay, go up the stairs that led to the screening room, where I would wait with a knot in my stomach for the room to go dark and see the raw images, with no sound, where I would see the scenes we had shot the previous day, and my relief when we had gotten it right, and the desire to melt into the darkness when we hadn’t. Those are my first memories of Éclair.

Editorial in the January 2010 newsletter
by Caroline Champetier

For the past few months, we - the officers and initiators of "active dialogues" - have been struck by the accuracy and depth of the contributions to these " active dialogues" between members of the AFC. We now choose to give room to one of them, whose distance from us, both in terms of experience and geography, allows him to understand that our concerns should push us to share tirelessly, in order to build a future for our profession.

Following is an excerpt contributed by Philippe Rousselot, AFC, ASC to these " active dialogues".

Editorial by Caroline Champetier, AFC president
May 09

As it does each year, the Cannes Film Festival will make the film planet go round at 300 miles per hour. There are no speed limits in Cannes... Films of great directors and other unknown ones will be screened in the best possible conditions (which is not true of all the festivals), films whose modes of production techniques are increasingly hybrid : both photochemical and digital, as much in production as in post.

Editorial of the AFC Newsletter 186, April 2009
by Caroline Champetier, president of the AFC

As Veronique Cayla (director of the French National Cinema Center) pointed out during her 2009 new year greeting, there is still as much money for film as ever.
But today the "sources" where producers seek funding for their films have multiplied: TV channels, regions, Sofica, tax credits, etc. This brings together non-converging co-producers, each protecting their own investment and the film can easily deviate from its original draft. But in no way does this multiplication imply a lack of money.
How is it then that our work tools have become so degraded?