BSC Expo 2016
On January 29th and 30th the British Society of Cinematographers held its 2016 BSC Expo at the Battersea Evolution center in Battersea Park, London. As a sponsor and long-time friend and partner of the BSC, ARRI was one of the main exhibitors at the event, showcasing its latest technologies on a prominent booth.
Among the products on display were the ALEXA SXT, ALEXA Mini and AMIRA cameras, as well as the ground-breaking SkyPanel LED soft lights, L-Series LED Fresnels and daylight fixtures from the ever-popular ARRI M-Series. Lenses included the ARRI Ultra Wide Zoom and Alura Zooms. A high-quality display monitor allowed visitors to see for themselves how footage captured with ARRI's current generation of cameras are uniquely well suited to both 4K UHD and HDR (High Dynamic Range) pipelines.
On the Friday John de Borman BSC hosted a panel discussion during which special guests Ed Lachman ASC, Dick Pope BSC and Christopher Ross BSC ruminated on the merits of different acquisition formats. Lachman spoke in detail about his use of Super 16 on CAROL, on which he used ARRIFLEX 416 cameras and for which he is Oscar-nominated. Pope talked about his use of ALEXA with vintage lenses on MR TURNER (for which he was Oscar-nominated last year), as well as Super 16 on VERA DRAKE and 35 mm on THE ILLUSIONIST. And finally Ross explained his background with various digital formats and also expounded the aesthetic appeal of combining ALEXA with vintage lenses.
Following the panel discussion, ARRI hosted a drinks reception on the mezzanine overlooking the show floor, where DPs such as Chris Menges ASC, BSC; Billy Williams BSC; Remi Adefarasin OBE, BSC; Nigel Walters BSC; and Gavin Finney BSC mingled with the panel guests, ARRI staff and other industry friends.
On the Saturday, ARRI colorist Florian 'Utsi' Martin took part in a panel discussion about HDR, along with DPs Nic Morris BSC and Nic Knowland BSC, as well as Prinyar Boon and Ian Lowe of Dolby. The fact that no less than three of the panel discussions at the BSC Expo focused on HDR illustrates that higher dynamic range is fast becoming every bit as relevant an industry topic as higher resolution. Awareness is spreading that there is more to image quality -- and more to future display standards -- than spatial resolution alone, and ARRI still leads the field when it comes to overall image quality.