DEFINITION January 2019



EDITORIAL Editor Julian Mitchell 01223 492246 Editor in Chief Adam Duckworth Contributor Phil Rhodes Chief sub editor Beth Fletcher Senior sub editor Siobhan Godwood Sub editor Felicity Evans Junior sub editor Elisha Young ADVERTISING Sales director Matt Snow 01223 499453 Sales manager Krishan Parmar 01223 499462 Key accounts Nicki Mills 01223 499457 DESIGN Design director Andy Jennings Designer Lucy Woolcomb Senior designer & production manager Flo Thomas Ad production Man-Wai Wong PUBLISHING Managing directors Andy Brogden & Matt Pluck SOCIAL MEDIA Facebook @definitionmagazine Twitter @definitionmags Instagram @definitionmags MEDIA PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS OF BRIGHT PUBLISHING LTD, BRIGHT HOUSE, 82 HIGH STREET, SAWSTON, CAMBRIDGESHIRE CB22 3HJ UK

DOP Stephen Murphy metering for Death and Nightingales. Read about the design on page 24.


S ometimes the most interesting production stories come from the least likely sources. Stephen Murphy has shot programmes like Vera, where you’ll always find superior cinematography. He has also recently shot a three-part series for the BBC called Death and Nightingales – a period drama that takes place within a Northern Irish farming community. Set against the political turmoil preceding the 1885 Irish general election, the plot is driven by family drama and the appearance of an enigmatic, handsome stranger. For cinematographers trying to bring something different to period dramas, shows like these are a blessing and a curse. Those who take them on, like Stephen, can shine as a result. If the series is still on BBC iPlayer when you read this, I urge you to go and see what Stephen has done with his vision. Within the schedules of modern television production, he has painted beautifully with light in an otherwise intentionally moody and dark atmosphere. He attributes his perfect exposure to light meters, rather than the use of waveforms and false colour: “They are meaningless to me”, he comments.


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