Thales Angénieux to receive the BSC "Bert Easey Technical Award" 2014

par Angénieux La Lettre AFC n°249

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Thales Angénieux is honored to be the recipient of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) "Bert Easey Technical Award", presented at the annual BSC Operators Night on Friday 28th November 2014 at Gibson Hall in London. This award was named in honor of Bert Easey, who, in 1947, was head of the camera department at Denham and Pinewood Studios and was integral in the formation of the BSC. The award is given to "an individual or company who has contributed something outstanding in the way of endeavor or equipment."
De g. à d. : Davy Terzian, Dominique Rouchon, Pierre Andurand et John de Borman
De g. à d. : Davy Terzian, Dominique Rouchon, Pierre Andurand et John de Borman
Photo BSC - Claire Pie

Presenting the award, John de Borman, BSC, former president of the British Society of Cinematographers, underlined the “really spectacular lenses” made by Thales Angenieux “for the new motion picture film and digital industry…which are now used on pretty well every movie”. Referring to the past, John de Borman mentioned that even now, the old Angenieux lenses, made in the 60s, work incredibly well on new digital cameras. He commended the English optical design work of Bill Woodhouse and Joe Dunton, MBE, BSC, who modified an Angenieux zoom into a 25-500 (20:1) for 35mm format. It was first used on 10 Rillington Place (1971) and Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971). Mr. Dunton received the award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the British Academy Film Awards ceremony in 2010.

Thales Angénieux is very honored to be the recipient of this award – greatly appreciated because it comes from the British cinema industry, recognized for its great number of talented directors and cinematographers : Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday, Jason Bourne, Captain Phillips),Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), Danny Boyle (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), Ridley Scott (Exodus, Cartel, Prometheus, Robin Wood), Sam Mendes (Skyfall, Revolutionary Road, Road to Perdition, American Beauty), Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity, Dangerous Liaisons), Ken Loach (Jimmy’s Hall, Angel’s Share, Looking for Eric). British Film Studios including Pinewood at Shepperton and Warner Bros at Leavesden continue to produce the James Bond and the next Star Wars franchises. The British market is one of the biggest market for Thales Angénieux after the US market.

Pierre Andurand, President of Thales Angénieux, who attended the ceremony to collect the award, said it was an “honor and true privilege for the company to have been accepted for a long time by the members of the British Society of Cinematographers, who represent one of the more demanding cinematography communities in the world”. He also expressed his “warm thanks to all Governors and Members of the BSC, for giving this high recognition”.