Phil Méheux BSC (Casino Royale, Goldeneye, Entrapment) discusses the ins and outs of working as a cinematographer in feature films
Phil Méheux began his cinematography career working for the BBC Television’s Film Unit. He became freelance 1977 and has photographed many successful and award-winning features and television films since, among them two James Bond films: GOLDENEYE and CASINO ROYALE – the latter winning the British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography of 2006 and a nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award. Phil is a governor of The British Society of Cinematographers and became its longest running President from 2002 to 2006. In 2015 The American Society of Cinematographers presented him with its International Award.
Director Richard Kwietniowski (who has worked with hundreds of actors including John Hurt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Minnie Driver) will demonstrate that you don’t need a theatre background or a technical brain to
direct cinema. You just need to know what you want from a scene, and treat your cast as key collaborators. Based on personal experience, this presentation offers 26 modest and occasionally eccentric suggestions to maximize the magical combination of performer and camera.
The essence of cinema lies in what is not spoken. How should directors and actors approach scenes with little or no dialogue? How can an audience still be engaged dramatically and emotionally? 6 actors and 6 directors will be selected to participate in the practical workshop which includes director planning, scene staging, camera placement, and the specific demands of acting-to-camera. The workshop may be observed by people who do not wish to participate in the practical part. * (application for participation is required at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Richard Kwietniowski is a writer-director whose work has been internationally distributed, and received awards from festivals including Cannes and Berlin, the US National Board of Review, New York Film Critics’ Circle, Royal Television Society, and BAFTA. He has taught screenwriting, directing, and acting-to-camera from Poland to Jamaica, and lectures on many higher-degree programmes in London.