The Production Process || Pre-Production (Part 1)
Welcome to the first in our in-depth series looking at the entire production process of the cinematographer. We start with the importance of pre-production, and analyse the key stages that are necessary when achieving a good workflow.
In this episode we have shared the experiences and knowledge of John De Borman, Phil Meheux, Sean Bobbitt, John Mathieson, Ed Lachman, Gavin Finney, Fabian Wagner and Haris Zambarloukos.
Spotlight || What is the role of the Cinematographer?
We ask some of the best cinematographers working today what they believe is the role of the cinematographer.
Case Study || Sean Bobbitt - Single Takes and 12 Years a Slave
Sean Bobbitt speaks about how the team filmed a period film in Louisiana that dealt with a serious subject matter. 12 Years a Slave won three Oscars, including 'Best Picture' 'Best Supporting Actress' and 'Best Adapted Screenplay'. We also explore the use of one takes throughout Sean Bobbitt's film career.
Case Study || John de Borman - The Full Monty (1997)
John de Borman discusses the story behind the critically and commercially successful hit The Full Monty (1997), including the tough production schedule and working with a tight budget.
Case Study || Phil Meheux - The Long Good Friday (1980)
Phil Meheux shows how he managed to film the seminal British gangster flick 'The Long Good Friday' whilst working on a low budget.
Exclusive* Case Study || Ed Lachman - Carol (2015)
Exclusive to Cooke TV, Ed Lachman gives us an insightful look at how he filmed 'Carol' for which he is Oscar and BAFTA nominated this year. He discusses the decision to shoot on 16mm film, researching street photographers with collaborator Todd Haynes and key lighting decisions he used on the film.
Case Study || Lol Crawley - Four Lions (2010)
Lol Crawley describes the antics that went on behind the scenes for British smash hit Four Lions (2010), working with Chris Morris to create a documentary look for the film.
Working with the Director || John de Borman on Dustin Hoffman
In this series, we talk to cinematographers about their experiences working with renowned directors. John de Borman initially worked with Dustin Hoffman on Last Chance Harvey (2008) and again on Quartet (2012); he talks about how Hoffman was approached for their most recent collaboration and his working style.
Masterclass || John de Borman - Composition & Framing
John de Borman takes us through his idea of composition and framing in films. Seeing the meaning behind the characters, scene or location and how to portray these elements in a 'simple' way. We use examples from 'An Education', 'Made in Dagenham', 'If I stay', 'Quartet' and 'The Full Monty'.
Sean Bobbitt: Shame (2011) Case Study
Sean Bobbitt B.S.C talks us through how the team crafted one of the most memorable scenes from Steve McQueen's second feature. Giving specifics about what lights they used in the scene, working with set designers and the importance of colour grading.
Haris Zambarloukos - Locke (2013) Case Study
The challenges of shooting car scenes, multi-camera set ups and working through the entire script every night of the shoot. Zambarloukos walks us through how the team created special lighting rigs that could be manipulated, working with street lights and comparing natural and artificial lighting effects.
Haris Zambarloukos: Thor (2011) Case Study
Haris Zambarloukos gives a technical breakdown of how the Jotunheim fight scene was made in Branagh's 'Thor' (2011). Topics include computer-generated environments, working with scale, lighting rigs and various camera challenges in a new digital age.
Case Study || John Mathieson - X Men: First Class (2011)
In the build up to the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, we share our interview with John Mathieson who talks to us about the various special effects shots used on X-Men: First Class. From practical effects such as Jennifer Lawrence's blue skin and scales to CGI and set builds.
Case Study || Fabian Wagner - Sherlock (2012)
We welcome Fabian Wagner to our cinematography series. In this case study, we speak to Wagner about working on Series 2 of the critically acclaimed British television show Sherlock.
Working with the Director || John Mathieson on Ridley Scott
In this series, we talk to cinematographers about their experiences working with renowned directors. Mathieson has 5 collaborations with visionary director Ridley Scott: Gladiator (2000); Hannibal (2001); Matchstick Men (2003); Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Robin Hood (2010).
Working with the Director || Sean Bobbitt on Steve McQueen
In this series, we talk to cinematographers about their experiences working with renowned directors. Sean Bobbitt has worked with director Steve McQueen on three feature collaborations: Hunger (2008), Shame (2011) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). The pair started working on McQueen's early art installations and progressed into their feature careers.
Masterclass || John Mathieson - Choosing Lenses (Part 2) || Anamorphic and Spherical
John Mathieson continues to talk about choosing lenses for certain films. In this video he focuses on describing the look and characteristics of anamorphic and spherical lenses.
Masterclass || John Mathieson - Choosing Lenses (Part 1)
John Mathieson takes us through some of his films and talks us through what lens choices he made and why. These are the films he covers:
Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Phantom of the Opera
Case Study || Sean Bobbitt - Hunger (2008)
In this case study, Sean Bobbitt discusses the challenges of replicating the exact environment where Bobby Sands was imprisoned, in his first feature collaboration with director Steve McQueen.
Filmed with a Sony FS100 and Cooke Mini S4/i Lenses.
Masterclass || Phil Meheux: Shooting car chases
Phil Meheux walks us through the specifics of shooting film car chases, referencing his two Bond films. In this video, he gives a crash course on how to shoot a car scene and shows how the team shot a tank chase in Goldeneye (1995) and created the infamous crash scene with the Aston Martin DBS in Casino Royale (2006).
Sean Bobbitt: Place Beyond the Pines (2012) Case Study
An in depth discussion about how the opening long shot was created in Cianfrance's 'Place Beyond the Pines' (2012), starring Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. Discussions involve securing a big location before shooting, working with top Hollywood stars and the pre-production and methodical approach to a shoot.
Masterclass || John Mathieson - Filming Battle Scenes with Ridley Scott
Welcome to our masterclass series. In this video, John Mathieson retrospectively shares his tips and advice for shooting battle scenes on big budget films.
This discussion is highlighted by looking at three collaborations with visionary director Ridley Scott: Gladiator (2000) Robin Hood (2011) and Kingdom of Heaven (2005).
Lol Crawley: Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom (2013) Case Study
Lol Crawley talks about the challenges he faced when working on location in the harsh South African sunlight on 'Mandela - Long Walk to Freedom'. Topics include working with set designers, the importance of maintaining accurate history and his method to shooting in particular indoor and outdoor locations.