AFC-related activities 

Karina Silva, discusses her work on Amber Sealey’s "No Man of God"

“No Man of God” is a behind-closed-doors look into a cell where an FBI agent is interrogating a serial killer. It is an adaptation of authentic recordings made by Bill Hagmaier during his interviews with Ted Bundy. Director Amer Sealey and her DoP Karina Silva implemented directorial and cinematographic strategies to portray these sequences, which are all alike on paper, in order to impart rhythm to the film. “No Man of God” is in competition this year at Torun in the “Cinematographers’ Debuts Competition”. (FR)

Andrew Droz Palermo discusses his work about "The Green Knight" directed by David Lowery

From the family of films about the Knights of the Round Table, I choose… The Green Knight! A new variation on the quest theme, that sheds light on the lesser-known character of Sir Gawain (played by Dev Patel, the British actor of Indian descent, who had his breakout role with Slumdog Millionaire). Andrew Droz Palermo, Californian cinematographer, seconds his faithful collaborator, David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story), in filming this mysterious story that draws as much from the universe of chivalry as from fantasy.

Ari Wegner, ACS, discusses her work on Jane Campion’s "The Power of the Dog"

A rare filmmaker, director Jane Campion, is back 12 years after her last film, Bright Star. This time, she has chosen to adapt Thomas Savage’s novel The Power of the Dog, a rivalry between two brothers in which isolation and nature — a ranch in Montana in the 1920s — play a preponderant role. Following in the footsteps of Stuart Dryburgh, ACS, ASC, and Greig Fraser, ACS, ASC, it is now the turn of young DoP Ari Wegner, ACS, to accompany the Australian 1994 Oscar-winning director. Produced by Netflix, The Power of the Dog will be released online on the company’s platform on 1st December.

Technical stuff 

The choice of battery chemistry, standards and responsibilities

The generalization of the use of batteries and in particular the arrival of MEUs (mobile electric units) which are gradually replacing low-power groups pose several problems which requires reflection when choosing the chemistry of batteries.

FilmLight Colour Awards announced!

FilmLight, leader in colour management technology, has announced a new programme of awards which will honour colourists and the art of colour worldwide. The awards are being organised in association with professional bodies and are open to colourists using any grading technology, with the winners announced at EnergaCamerimage2021 in Poland.

Sony meets Caroline Champetier and Inès Tabarin to talk about "Annette", by Leos Carax

On the occasion of the 74th Cannes Film Festival, Fabien Pisano, Sales Head for Southern Europe at Sony, had the honor of meeting Caroline Champetier, AFC, and Inès Tabarin, assistant cameraman, for a filmed interview, in English, about their work on "Annette", by Leos Carax, that she photographed. The film, shot in Sony Venice, opened the Festival and received the Best Director Award.

Bebob presents Sustainability Action Plan

In order to meet the growing public interest in sustainability issues, Bebob decided to share deeper insights into the company’s engagement to environmental protection. Respect for the environment has played an important role for Bebob from the very beginning, but the company is continuously working hard to improve processes and thus to create more sustainable production and recycling chains.

Nikon introduces MRMC’s entry-level Bolt Mini Model Mover

The latest high-speed robotic arm from Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC), a Nikon-owned company with over 50years of expertise in motion control robotics for the film & entertainment industry, is a new entry-level machine allowing companies to enter the world of high-end motion control at previously unreachable pricepoints.

On Screen 

Karina Silva, discusses her work on Amber Sealey’s "No Man of God"

“No Man of God” is a behind-closed-doors look into a cell where an FBI agent is interrogating a serial killer. It is an adaptation of authentic recordings made by Bill Hagmaier during his interviews with Ted Bundy. Director Amer Sealey and her DoP Karina Silva implemented directorial and cinematographic strategies to portray these sequences, which are all alike on paper, in order to impart rhythm to the film. “No Man of God” is in competition this year at Torun in the “Cinematographers’ Debuts Competition”. (FR)

Professional life 

Halyna Hutchins passed away in the midst of her work as a cinematographer

The cinematography world is in mourning as a result of the death of Halyna Hutchins, a cinematographer originally from Ukraine, which occurred on Thursday 21 October 2021, at the age of 42, on the set of Joel Souza’s western film Rust, in New Mexico (USA). A rising star with a promising talent and a warm personality, her work had been noticed on Pollyanna McIntosh’s Darlin’ (2019), Michael Nell’s Blindfire and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Archenemy (2020). The AFC’s cinematographers send their condolences to her family and loved ones. May her memory live on!

Tribute to Jean Penzer

Born on 1st October 1927 at Livry-Gargan to parents of Russian birth. His father was born at Krisilo (today in Ukraine) and his mother at Vitebsk (today in Belarus). They met in Odessa before moving to France in 1911, where they were naturalized in 1928. Jean-Bernard Penzer studied cinema at the Vaugirard cinema school from 1945-1947 (same class as Jean Boffety, Pierre Tchernia, Georges Leclerc, René Mathelin and Georges Dufaux) before working as an assistant cameraman from 1947-1955.

Bookshelf 

The Leica Freedom Train

During the trip to the Leitz-Park in Wetzlar, Germany, organised by the Leitz team to bring together some European cinematographers, we were able to visit the Leica Camera factory, the Leitz cine lens manufactory and the museum. In one of the rooms, we could read a text about an activity that Ernst Leitz II kept secret all his life and which mentions the rescue of Jews in the years before and during the Second World War. In doing so, Ernst Leitz II took incredible risks for himself, his family and his company.

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Quotation of the month

Que notre enfance nous fascine, cela arrive parce que l’enfance est le moment de la fascination, est elle-même fascinée, et cet âge d’or semble baigné dans une lumière splendide parce qu’"irrévélée", mais c’est que celle-ci est étrangère à la révélation, n’a rien à révéler, pur reflet, rayon qui n’est encore que le rayonnement d’un image.

Maurice Blanchot, L’Espace littéraire, Gallimard, 1955

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