AFC-related activities 

Interview with gaffer Jim Plannette

In a career spanning over five decades, gaffer Jim Plannette has participated in crafting the lighting of such iconic films as Young Frankenstein (1974), E.T. (1982), The Fisher King (1991), and Magnolia (1999). Apart from collaborating multiple times with influential cinematographers like John A. Alonzo, Sven Nykvist, László Kovács, and John Toll, Plannette has been a key creative partner to Steven Soderbergh ever since the director began serving as his own DP, from 2000’s Traffic up to his latest movie, KIMI. Fresh from wrapping Lisa Azuelos’s I Love America, shot by Léo Hinstin, AFC, the 81-year-old gaffer reflects here on his cinematic journey and the technological advances that have accompanied it. (YT)

Hold the date: AFC Micro Salon 2022

Following our “micro edition” in 2021, held online, and two years of waiting for its visitors and expositor associate members, the AFC is pleased to announce that its Micro Salon will once again be held at the Parc Floral de Paris from Thursday 20 January to Friday 21 January 2022. Two days for friendly meetings and technical discussions around the tools used to create film images.

Technical stuff 

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 

The 2021 Cannes Festival interviews

During the 74th Cannes Film Festival, we have published 34 written or video interviews (20 are in English, others in French), in which directors of photography speak about their work on the selected movies. Here are the links allowing you to read or watch each of them.

Professional life 

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.

Death of cinematographer Pascal Poucet

We were saddened to learn of the death of cinematographer Pascal Poucet, which occurred on Friday 21 May2021 at the age of 73. Having frequented the art world his entire life, his cinematographic work took him far off of the beaten path and carefully followed the work of the artists he met, and some of whom he followed for a time.


Loumasystems and Louma 2 in "Film and Digital Times"

In an article about the Louma 2 published in issue 107 of Film and Digital Times, Jon Fauer, ASC, talks to Jean-Marie Lavalou and Hugo Gélin about the use of the famous remote-controlled crane on the set of Mon inconnue, cinematographed by Nicolas Massart.

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Quotation of the month

Ce n’est pas avec l’image que la parole entretient un rapport, mais avec un élément purement cinématographique : le dynamisme du plan, même si, comme dans ces deux cas, il est obtenu par la tension dans l’immobilité.

Eric Rohmer, Le Goût de la beauté, Éditions Cahiers du cinéma, 1984

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