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CHELSEA FEARNLEY DEPUTY EDITOR Chelsea Fearnley Railroad – a production on such a huge scale, it goes far beyond pure visual spectacle, reflecting the historical struggle of black people in America. DOP James Laxton discusses his responsibility when creating intimate, yet powerful images that reflected the way he and director Barry Jenkins felt about the material (page 7). Also, with the sobering realisation that the average tent-pole film generates 2840 tonnes of CO2 during production – a total carbon impact equivalent to 11 one-way trips from the earth to the moon – we talk to sustainability consortium Albert (page 17) about how film can reduce its immense carbon footprint. Our gear features also evoke a brighter industry future. With advances to WELCOME T his issue is all about exhibiting positive change. We focus on The Underground technology, modern-day jibs and cranes can replace some drone work – especially where it’s necessary to seek an alternative for licensing reasons, or to limit noise pollution (page 36). And, with camera, lens and even lighting developers working to make large format the new language of film, we look at what’s in store for this trend – now that it’s fast becoming the norm (page 28).
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CONTENTS 04 INDUSTRY BRIEFINGS
28 MODERN REBIRTH
The latest news, views and hot tips from the world of production.
Kevin Hilton thumbs through the dictionary to get the big picture on large format and full-frame, talking to camera and lens developers leading the trend. Drones are hugely popular, but sometimes more traditional options are required. We look at what modern technology has done for jibs, cranes and stabilised heads.
07 ILLUMINATING HISTORY
Shot on a massive scale, James Laxton evokes enhanced naturalism, despite challenging set builds on The Underground Railroad .
36 FEET ON THE GROUND
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12 ANATOMY OF A DRAMA
Alicia Robbins discusses the challenges of working on Grey’s Anatomy , a show
42 GEAR REVIEW:
that dramatised the Covid-19 crisis as it proliferated in the real world. 17 LIGHTS, CAMERA, CLIMATE ACTION We speak to Albert, the Bafta-led
LITEPANELS GEMINI Combining a very punchy light with modifiers, which do cut down on intensity, this 1x1 Hard LED panel can be used in many different ways.
sustainability consortium, to find out how editorial and production crews can reduce their carbon footprint.
47 CAMERA LISTINGS
COVER IMAGE The Underground Railroad © Amazon Prime Video 2021
A showcase of the camera bodies currently revolutionising how we create digital images.
24 SHADES OF GREEN
Colourist Vanessa Taylor describes how she balanced the unlikely foliage in new action film, The Protégé .
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