“Cinematographer Nicola Daley ACS talks about the challenges of shooting a second block of a TV series in the UK and America.
A couple of years ago no-one would hire me to shoot episodic TV, I had been shooting for about 13 years and I kept coming up against this brick wall; “you haven’t shot TV, so you can’t shoot TV.” It was a very frustrating period in my career. I had shot numerous documentaries for television, several feature films, hundreds of shorts, commercials and music videos but breaking into television seemed like the hardest thing to do….”
“We put a spotlight on these acclaimed Australian technicians – including their career highlights and how they shot them – as part of International Women’s Day.
To gain accreditation from the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) is no mean feat.
It requires a minimum number of years working within the industry and a body of work which represents not just that you can do the job, but with a level of creativity and innovation that exceeds the norm.
A sub-committee then assesses the work and from there you may be awarded your ‘letters’ – the ACS that appears after your name.
To date, 15 women have been awarded that elite title (only 5.6%), and the ACS hopes that will grow. As part of International Women’s Day, we celebrate their achievements, and hear in their own words about career highlights, cameras, lenses, and what draw them to cinematography (in order of accreditation year)….”
- Australian Cinematographers Society
- Nicola Daley ACS, Cinematographer
- Screen Australia – Meet the 15 ACS Accredited Women
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“Last month, the American Society of Cinematographers’ annual “meet the nominees” day saw a sudden surge in interest. More than 1,300 people turned out to chat and network with the professionals shortlisted for the group’s film and television prizes, an increase of nearly 30 percent from previous years.
Many of the new attendees were women who came to meet Rachel Morrison, the 39-year-old cinematographer of “Mudbound” and “Black Panther,” according to Kees Van Oostrum, the president of the ASC. Weeks earlier, Morrison had become the first woman ever nominated for an Oscar for best cinematography for her work on “Mudbound,” Netflix’s historical race drama….”
- The Washington Post – Why cinematography may be the most gender-biased job in Hollywood
- Wikipedia – Rachel Morrison
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The episode of BBC4’s long-running Women’s Hour radio show broadcast on Friday 10th February considers the current state of play for female cinematographers.
Jenni speaks to two women who work as cinematographers; Vanessa Whyte, co-founder of Illuminatrix – a collective of female cinematographers and Kate Reid who has worked on shows such as Call the Midwife and Uncle.
- Women and Hollywood – illuminatrix Launches Database of Female Cinematographers in the UK