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                                        Rocliffe Event 25/2/04
Focus on Lenses
C alling all cameramen for an important BKSTS Seminar at
the NFT on April 29. Over the last hundred years of the Film Industry the demands on the
equipment and material used has necessitated the ever-constant need for improvement and development.
As a result, lenses obviously have had to go through a similar evolution, but how did we get here and where are we going now? Faster film stocks, High Definition, even CGI and Digital are just some of the factors that are ever present in the design and devel- opment of lenses.
With the increased use of lenses in digital acquisition, looking at the his- tory of lenses, the philosophy behind them, how they are used today and where the production of lenses will have a bearing on future choices.
Lest we forget
In a profession which seems to embrace longevity, Eric Cross (pictured right), who has died aged 101, was the oldest of them all.
The son of
Essex builders,
Cross started in the
industry as a stillsman at the BIP Studios, Elstree before graduating to camera assistant with Hitchcock’s reg- ular DP, Jack Cox.
His own debut as lighting camera- man was in 1931 on The Bells, shar- ing the credit, as he’d do later on Black Sheep Of Whitehall, with Gunter Krampf.
Favourites among his own many subsequent assignments – as he’d tell EXPOSURE in Summer 2002 soon after his 100th birthday – were The Kidnappers, The One That Got Away, Tiger Bay and a pair for Bernard Miles, Tawny Pipit and Chance Of A Lifetime.
Often regarded as the father of BBC TV cameramen, AA “Tubby” Englander joined the Corporation in 1952 where he remained until his retirement at 60.
Born in London during the Great War, he started out as a clapper loader at Cricklewood Studios on a series of Quota Quickies before wartime service in the Army’s film and photographic unit.
His endlessly varied work at the Beeb embraced everything from sci-fi (Quatermass And The Pit) and costume drama (Anna Karenina) to series (Colditz) and classy documentary, most notably Kenneth Clark’s award- winning Civilisation. He was 88.
  F arah, Pippa and Kerry, other- wise known as the Rocliffe
girls, put on an extremely suc- cessful and organised evening that was the New Film Forum.
The event took place at BAFTA on the 25th of February and many industry
brochures, pens and point of sale gear to hand out to the emerging filmmak- ers that attended the event. The New Film Forums are a fantastic way for filmmakers who are just starting out, to meet and make contact with impor- tant sectors of the film industry. ■
This Seminar, at the NFT’s Digital Test Bed, aims to give a detailed insight into one of the most important tools in Film production.
There will be a panel discussion in the afternoon, which will cover the following topics opened by the fol- lowing speakers:
From Cooke Optics, Rowland Little, Director of optical engineering, on the lens imagery problems of Narcissus and Halation. Iain Neil, Panavision’s Vice President lens design, will cover lens ‘Breathing’. Dr. Hubert Nasse, of Carl Zeiss, is dealing with Digital vs Analogue, and Angenieux’s Patrick Defay focuses on ‘Depth of Field’.
Tickets are £55 (coffee & tea Included) For further details on this seminar and to book a ticket please contact the BKSTS office on: 01753 656656 or email:
Younger brother of Ossie Morris BSC, Reg Morris spent 20 years in the British film indus- try from the age of 18 before emigrat- ing to Canada in the mid-Fifties.
He worked on some of his adopted country’s most
internationally-successful films like Porky’s I & II, Black Christmas, Murder By Decree and A Christmas Story before retiring due to failing health.
Peter Hammond worked in Elstree all his life, from his start as a camera assistant at ABPC. Then, for a short while, he was in the Technicolor cam- era department.
Later on he veered towards optical effects and worked on films like Superman I & 2 and Return To Oz.
Tony Lucas, who was managing direc- tor of Lee Lighting and a very good friend of Fujifilm sadly passed away recently after a short spell in hospital.
He joined Lee Electrics as a store- man in the 1960s and worked his way up the corporate ladder to become one of its chief executives. ■
   representatives turned up with their
        Photos from top l-r: Jeremy Pelzer of Ealing Studios; Louise Rooke and Dave Robinson of First4Media; Elliot Grove of the Raindance Workshop and Fujifilm’s Roger Sapsford; “The Rocliffe Girls” Pippa, Dawn and Farah; The panel at the Rocliffe Forum
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