AFC-related activities

AFC Post-Production Days

As part of the events organized at the end of January and the beginning of February to provide a forum for showing off the achievements of the audio-visual and cinematography industries, the AFC is organizing two days dedicated to postproduction right before the Micro Salon. They will take place at the Forum des Images on 29-30 January and will end with a Master Class by cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, AFC, ASC.

Editorial - December 2018 Newsletter

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.

Jean-Pierre Beauviala Honored by the ASC

Jean-Pierre Beauviala, is an inventor amongst whose many creations are the Aaton cameras and Cantar recorders. He is also a consulting member of the AFC. In Paris, on Wednesday, 7 December 2018, he received a “Special Award” presented by Kees van Oostrum, President of the ASC, which honoured his exceptional contribution to the field of cinema. Accompanied by a few friends from the association, Gilles Porte, President of the AFC, addressed Jean-Pierre with the words in the following text.

Technical stuff

The news from Panasonic in February

The TV film "Des rêves au-dessus de leur tête" (trad: "dreams above their head"), directed by Arnaud Selignac and cinematographed by Eric Guichard, AFC, is the first "heavy production" shot with two EVA1 as main cameras in Europe. The v3.0 of the EVA1 is now available. During the AFC Micro Salon 2019, Panasonic will present the film "Aïlo: A Lapland Odyssey", a wildlife fiction film shot in Varicam 35 and EVA1.

Alexis Kavyrchine, the many lives of…

Alexis Kavyrchine has always been grateful to his Russian ancestors for giving him a) those last and first names that seem plucked right out of a Dostoevsky or Tolstoy novel; and b) that tall stature, blond hair and blue eyes which, by chance, he also inherited.

On Screen

Philippe Rousselot, AFC, ASC, discusses his vision of the profession

Philippe Rousselot, AFC, ASC, took advantage of his stay in Poland to participate in a number of events and seminars concerning cinematography. The former assistant to Nestor Almendros has become one of the legends of cinematography in France and abroad (John Boorman’s The Emerald Forest, Stephen Frears’ Dangerous Liaisons, and Patrice Chéreau’s La Reine Margot). The most relaxed and informal of these events was definitely the free-flowing discussion he had with the many attendees who came to listen to his vision of the profession.

Professional life

Death of Witold Sobociński, PSC (1929-2018)

Witold Sobociński, PSC, died on 19 November 2018, just a few days after having been honoured by a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival EnergaCamerimage at Bydgoszcz in Poland. Jazzman, cinematographer, and pedagogue, he left his mark on Polish cinematography through his collaborations with directors Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrzej Wajda, Kryzystof Zanussi, Wojciech Has, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Roman Polański, etc.

Death of Nicolas Roeg (1928-2018)

Cinematographer of Roger Corman, Richard Lester, François Truffaut, and John Schlesinger in the 1960s, before becoming a director himself, Nicolas Roeg died on 23 November 2018, aged 90.

Death of Cinematographer Edmond Richard, AFC

We were saddened to learn of the death of Cinematographer Edmond Richard, AFC, which occurred in Paris on 5 June 2018 at the age of 91. Having shot over fifty films, Edmond Richard shared the visual universes of directors as varied as Marcel Carné, René Clément, Henri Verneuil, Jean Girault, Guy Casaril, Sébastien Japrisot, Robert Hossein, Gérad Pirès, and Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel and Jean-Pierre Mocky, whose faithful partner he was on over twenty films.


A Page has Turned

It is with a pang in my heart that in late June 2018, I will hear for the last time the continuous purring of the AFC’s printer carrying out the task that was assigned to it for the last quarter century. Namely, the reproduction of nearly three hundred copies of the AFC’s monthly Newsletter. Indeed, in the name of prudent cost-saving measures, and with a few rare exceptions that will confirm the rule, the Newsletter will only be available in PDF format, which each recipient will be able to print out if need be.

About the questioning of the European Commission lighting directive

The association of lighting designers (ALD) alerted the profession against a possible revision of the European Community lighting directive to the entertainment (Scenic, event, film and TV). I signed the petition from the ALD and I participated in the European Union survey to defend the LEDs and tungsten lighting technologies. Imago asked me for my opinion on the question. And here is what I replied.

Kazuo Miyagawa (1908 -1999)

In honour of the Kazuo Miyagawa retrospective, which is being held at the MoMA in New York from 12-29 April 2018, and the Kenji Mizoguchi retrospective (Miyagawa filmed many of his movies) taking place at the Cinémathèque Française through 15 April 2018, Marc Salomon, consulting member of the AFC, offers us the opportunity to look back on the career of this Japanese cinematographer.

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Quotation of the month

Nous ne pouvons vivre que dans l’entrouvert, exactement sur la ligne hermétique de partage de l’ombre et de la lumière. Mais nous sommes irrésistiblement jetés en avant. Toute notre personne prête aide et vertige à cette poussée.

René Char, Dans la marche

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