SERBIAN CINEMATOGRAPHERS' FESTIVAL – IMAGE IN MOTION
Between 1 and 4 February 2018, the second IMAGE IN MOTION festival, dedicated to the work of Serbian cinematographers and organised by the Serbian Society of Cinematographers (SAS), took place at the Yugoslav Cinematheque in Belgrade. Twenty-three feature films made after October 2016, when the first edition of the festival took place, were submitted to the festival. The selector Miloš Milošević chose eight films in which the cinematographers managed to create a visually unique and recognisable image.
By Marc Swadel – NZCS Committee member and ACS cinematographer member
It was midday on a cold February when I arrived at the Battersea Evolution Events Centre, clutching my invitation to the British Society of Cinematographers or BSC Expo opening luncheon. Film industry overload greeted me. The Techno Crane and Panavision Scorpio rig were duelling outside, while in the main hall there was the sheer crush of numbers, created by the intensity and the noise of hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of punters.
Yet another highly respected colleague, Mark Milestone (54), has tragically died in an accident during shooting for the Netflix/BBC series «The forgiving Earth», in Ghana. We understand the accident shall have happened in connection with a car stunt. We do not have the details of this particular accident, but since Haskell Wexler and Roderick E. Stevens launched the “12 on - 12 off” campaign in 2003 to focus on safer working conditions for cinematographers and film production colleagues, little has happened. News reaches us every year about film crew members who either are seriously injured or has died in accidents during film productions. And we receive reports that the daily number of working hours in many places are not going down – on the contrary, there are going up.
The planning work for the IMAGO International Award has been started, but due to IMAGO´s fiscal year being changed, the next Awards celebration will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, in March 2019.
The invitation to all IMAGO member societies to submit films to the Awards will be sent out after this Summer. The last Awards were a great success, due to the immense work of the IMAGO Awards team, and not least the generous enthusiasm and help from all IMAGO´s sponsor partners.
The digital age has clearly generated great new tools for the cinematographer. We are being “bombarded” with new equipment and new digital imaging technology, new solutions and new possibilities. But also never-ending different new approaches and varying new technical menus and solutions from many different camera and equipment manufacturers.
The IMAGO Technical Committee is therefore preparing a list of requests to be presented to camera manufacturers, in a wish to be able to influence the design of new equipment and software to maximally suit cinematographers needs.
IMAGO was strongly represented at the BSC Expo in Battersea London in early February.
The job done by the BSC is impressive, the Expo was highly successful, and it is so valuable for cinematographers to be able to meet to discuss, to attend master classes and to see new equipment, cameras and software.