WELCOME B ack in March, we created Defiant , a platform for people in the industry to share their experiences following the effects of Covid-19. The general feeling was of trepidation, followed by a Munchian scream as lockdown restrictions persisted and sets were still a no-go. Still, a beacon of light shone through. Remote working forced post-production houses to speed up investment in cloud-based infrastructure – something that’s been talked about for years to reduce expenditure and cast a wider talent net, let alone be a safety net in global pandemics. Then, autumn came, and despite the usual ‘fall’ connotations that go with the time of year, the film industry started to blossom. Of course, it wasn’t the return to the salad days we had all hoped for, with workers required to wear masks and occasionally undertake virus tests as they arrived on-set each morning, but it was something – something that spurred on industry innovations, just as it did with the post-production houses back in March. We are seeing a rise in virtual sets (read more on this in our next issue) and remote lighting controls (p34), plus 8K workflows are accelerating (p24). In current affairs, the US election got the whole world talking – but Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 (p18), which focuses on the front line of a sixties culture war, shows there is a battle that rages in America still, with the president’s vilification of protesters (Nixon then, Trump now) and the police’s excessive use of force. At least now, there’s a chance for healing – and not just in America, but all across the world. So, as we close this chapter on the year and look ahead to a future that’s filled with more investment in the industry and in our jobs (p30), we’re not so much defiant as we are optimistic.
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30 SILVER SCREEN LINING
Adrian Wootton says the UK’s production boom is still booming, despite setbacks. GEAR 8K has begun its assault on the industry and we’ve got all the tech you need to accelerate your workflows.
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12 GAFFER’S CORNER
24 BEYOND 4K
Jerad Molkenthin gets creative with the fixtures used to light The Devil All the Time .
50 SPOTLIGHT ON…
Philippe Rousselot receives a Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award and shares his epic career story. PRODUCT ION Lol Crawley strives for something more painterly than just a high pixel count with Arricam ST and LT. 18 THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Find out why Phedon Papamichael shot the courtroom scenes in large format and the riot scenes handheld. 6 THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME
34 LIGHTING FUTURES
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40 PORTKEYS BM5 II
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