British Cinematographer is Europe’s No.1 cinematography magazine, with a growing worldwide audience. Encompassing the beauty of tradition, as well as the shock of the new, British Cinematographer focuses on the art and craft of cinematographers and the technologies they use during production and post-production.
For many years, friends and colleagues have tried to persuade me to write a book about the subject that has always interested and inspired me the most, the world of open ocean drifters, Plankton. Who on earth, though, would ever want to read a book about things you can hardly see?
More recently, however, I ventured to suggest to someone steeped in the world of wildlife publishing, whose opinion I greatly respect, the concept of combining an undeniably self indulgent autobiographical account of a life that has been both fulfilling, eventful and enjoyable, in combination with a survey of what most fascinates me about that extraordinary drifting oceanic community.
Intended as a brief summary of what 57 years of film and film making in a field seldom countenanced by any sane individual, this two and a half year, self-imposed sentence of computer-designed and enabled assembly and exhilarating, if unpredictable journey from childhood to the dizzying heights of 3-D Imax Wildlife production, Life on Sir David’s Earth, and a slew of weird and wonderful special effects assignments for Hollywood, via the lifelong passion for a world seldom ever seen, never before fully documented, and yet today so incredibly important and relevant, (if we humble mortals are to survive, for more than a century or two more, on this planet), eventually became a two-book, boxed set, 950 pages long, 4,000 full-colour image account, unlikely to be even thumbed, let alone fully read.
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In Shooting 007, beloved camerman and director of photography Alec Mills, a veteran of seven James Bond movies, tells the inside story of his twenty years of filming cinema's most famous secret agent. Among many humorous and touching anecdotes, Mills reveals how he became an integral part of the Bond family as a young camera operator on 1963's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, how he bore the brunt of his old friend Roger Moore's legendary on-set bantering, and how he rose to become the director of photography during Timothy Dalton's tenure as 007. Mills also looks back on a career that took in Return of the Jedi on film and The Saint on television with wit and affection, and Shooting 007 contains many of his and Eon Productions' unpublished behind-the-scenes photographs compiled over a lifetime of filmmaking. Featuring many of the film industry's biggest names, this book will be a must have for both the James Bond and British film history aficionado.
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A hilarious collection of tales from behind the camera during 50 years of film making, complemented with a wealth of stills.
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"It is obvious to say that they are artists with light and that we could not have great films without them, but I’m particularly delighted that this splendid book bears testament to that fact." - KENNETH BRANAGH
"Over the years, members of the BSC have garnered no less than twenty two American Academy Awards, thirty four Academy Nominations and twenty six British Academy Awards for outstanding photographic achievements." - ALEX THOMSON BSC
They say that every picture tells a story so there are quite literally hundreds of stories behind this stunning collection of stills from behind the camera.
This is a unique working history of the British Film Industry and, in particular, the British Society of Cinematographers formed in 1949 "to promote and encourage the highest standards possible in the art and craft of motion picture photography and the exchange of ideas and ideals."
The great stars and directors are here - Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, Sir John Gielgud, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Deneuve, Laurence Olivier, Huston, Hitchcock, Cukor and many more - but the main focus is on the men and women who, as someone once said, "paint with light."
Outstanding Stills handily compiled in alphabetical order - from Remi Adefarasin BSC to Freddie Young BSC - finally puts faces to several generations of outstanding British cinematographic talent at work in studios and on exotic locations around the world across more than 70 years of film-making.
A selection of the stills appearing in this volume are on display in the main corridor leading to the restaurant and café at Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath.