Courtesy of Remi Adefarasin

[Right] with dir Peter Howitt

"Johnny English" [2002]

               

 REMI ADEFARASIN   BSC

Born: 2 February 1948, London, UK.

Education: Harrow Art School [Photography & Filmmaking].

Career: Started his career as camera trainee at BBC-tv's Ealing Studios.

Ph commercials dir by Samuel Abrahams, Jeff Thomas, a.o.

Was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire [OBE] in the 2012 New Year Honors for services to television and film.

His sons Rene [1976-], Ben and John are c.asst.

Appeared in the doc 'Cinematographer Style' [2005, Jon Fauer; ph: J. Fauer, Jeff Laszlo, Brian Heller & David Morgan].

Awards: BAFTA TV Award nom [1989] for 'Christabel'; BAFTA TV Award nom [1993] for 'Memento Mori'; BAFTA Film Award [1999], BSC Award [1999], 'Oscar' AA nom [1999], ASC Award nom [1999], Camerimage 'Golden Frog' Award [1999] & CFCA Award nom [1999] for 'Elizabeth'; Camerimage 'Golden Frog' nom [2000] for 'Onegin'; 'Emmy' Award nom [2002] for 'Band of Brothers' ['Part 8: The Last Patrol']; 'Emmy' Award nom [2010] for 'The Pacific' [ep #5].


'Band of Brothers': Remi Adefarasin and Joel Ransom viewed each other's dailies. "We did a lot of talking during prep and both hoped to go down the same road," Adefarasin says, "but the scripts were by different writers with different directors and each story had a different slant. I felt each episode should have a different look as long as there is some consistency. Look at those documentaries made during the war by hundreds of different cameramen. It's still World War II." Honesty was the watchword for Adefarasin. "We wanted it to look as if a modern documentary team had dropped into the war zone and covered events as they were unfolding," he says. "We limited crane shots and other devices that distance the audience from the feeling that it is actually happening. I used color correction filters but hardly anything else on the lenses. The directors, my operators [Martin Kenzie and Alan Stewart] and I viewed hours of documentary footage and read books documenting the war to prepare. Some of the most memorable moments come during a spectacular event that we witness through a single person's plight." Like Ransom, Adefarasin gave careful consideration to framing epic events for display on television screens. "We tried hard not to get too close and lose body language," he says. "We saved close-ups for special moments." [From KODAK InCamera website, October 2001.]



 FILMS

1976

Sports et divertissements [Leszek Burzynski] b&w; mus short/15m

1990

Truly, Madly, Deeply/Cello [Anthony Minghella] c; vfx cons: Ian Legg; originally made as a tvm

1993

Captives [Angela Pope] c; 2uc: Peter Chapman; originally made as a tvm

1995

Hollow Reed/Believe Me [Angela Pope] c

1995

The English Patient [Anthony Minghella] c; 2uc; ph: John Seale

1997

Sliding Doors [Peter Howitt] c

1997

Elizabeth [: The Virgin Queen] [Shekhar Kapur] c

1998

Onegin [Martha Fiennes] c

1999

The House of Mirth [Terence Davies] Hawk Scope/c

1999

Unconditional Love/Who Shot Victor Fox? [P.J. Hogan] p/c; 2u addph: Alan Stewart; aph: John Trapman

2001

About a Boy [Chris & Paul Weitz] s35/c

2001

The One and Only [Simon Cellan Jones] c

2002

Johnny English [Peter Howitt] c; 2uc: John Daly; aph: Adam Dale

2003

The Haunted Mansion [Rob Minkoff] s35/c; addph: David Seekins; aph: Ralph Mendoza

2004

In Good Company/Synergy [Paul Weitz] c

2004

Match Point [Woody Allen] c

[Right] with dir Woody Allen - "Scoop"

2005

Scoop [Woody Allen] c

2005

Amazing Grace [Michael Apted] c; 2uc: Martin Kenzie

2006

Elizabeth: The Golden Age [Shekhar Kapur] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc (+ 2ud): Alan Stewart; 2u addph: David Katznelson; uwph: Mark Silk; spec pfx: Chris Emposimato

2006

Fred Claus [David Dobkin] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc UK (+ 2ud): Shaun O'Dell; 2uc Chicago: Michael Kohnhorst; 3uc UK (+ c.op): Alan Stewart; aph 2u Chicago: David B. Nowell

2009

Cemetery Junction [Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant] s35/c

2009

Little Fockers/Meet the Fockers Sequel [Paul Weitz] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; addph: Oliver Wood

2010

The Cold Light of Day [Mabrouk El Mechri] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Daniel AranyĆ³; aph: Steven Desbrow

2011

Shadow Dancer [James Marsh] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc; ph: Rob Hardy

2012

Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist [Christopher N. Rowley] HD (ARRI ALEXA Plus & Studio)/c; 2uc: Alan Stewart; addph: Daniel Bronks


 TELEVISION

1973

Parents and Children [ep 'Toys in Perspective' prod by Eurfron Gwynne Jones] doc series for BBC-tv; cph: Bill Matthews

1977

Blasphemy at the Old Bailey [Hugh David] dram doc/75m; co-courtroom ph: Fintan Sheehan; doc ph: Keith Hopper & John Baker; ep BBC-tv series 'Everyman'

1979

The New Zimbabwe [prod: Ben Shephard] doc/50m; ep BBC2-tv series 'Chronicle' (1980)

1979

Hi-de-Hi! ['Hey Diddle Diddle' dir by David Croft] pilot/40m (broadcast in January 1980); ph film seq; followed by 57-part series, 1981 (February)-88 (January)

1980

The British Greats [Margaret Sharp] 5-part (x 50m) doc series ('Peter Finch', 'Robert Donat', 'Jack Hawkins', 'Leslie Howard' & 'Gracie Fields'); cph: Brian Jones; for BBC-tv

1980

Grown-Ups [Mike Leigh] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Playhouse'

1980

Grange Hill [ep #4.12 & #4.14 dir by Colin Cant] 601-part series, 1978-2008; 4th season, 1980-81; ph film seq; for BBC-tv

1981

Home Sweet Home [Mike Leigh] tvm; ep #270 of BBC-tv series 'Play for Today'

1981

The Guest [Paul Bamborough] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Playhouse'

1982

Mike Leigh Making Plays [prod: Alan Yentob] doc/81m; ep BBC-tv series 'Arena'

1982

Eliza Doolittle Goes to Bombay [prod: Julian Cooper] doc/50m; ep BBC-tv series 'The World About Us'

1982

Racism - The Fourth R [made by the All London Teachers Against Racism and Fascism] doc/30m; ep BBC-tv series 'Open Door'

1982

The File on Jill Hatch [Alastair Reid] 3-part miniseries (1983); ph UK; ph USA: Mike Fash

1982

Jury [various] 13-part series; ph film seq

1982

Doctor Who [ep #598-601 'Terminus' dir by Mary Ridge & #606-607 'The King's Demons' dir by Tony Virgo] 700-part series, 1963-89; 20th season, 1983

1983

Stan's Last Game [Gavin Millar] tvm/63m; ep #292 of BBC-tv series 'Play for Today'

1983

Under the Hammer [Richard Wilson] tvm; ep #299 of BBC-tv series 'Play for Today'

1983

The Case of the Frightened Lady [Christopher Menaul] tvm

1983

Amy [Nat Crosby] tvm

1984

Life Power [ep 'Biology Becomes Big Business' & 'The Chemistry of Life' dir by Paul Simons] doc series for BBC-tv

1984

Four Days in July [Mike Leigh] tvm

1985

The December Rose [Renny Rye] 6-part series, 1986

1985

Henry Moore [presenter: John Read; prod: Rosemary Bowen-Jones] doc/b&w-c/50m; archive ph: Walter Lassally, Henry Farrar, Peter Hall, a.o.; ep BBC2-tv series 'Arena' (1986)

1986

Bergerac [ep #46 'Thanks for Everything' dir by Richard Bramall] 87-part series, 1981-91; 5th season, 1987; cph: Jon Keeping

1986

Shiftwork [Angela Pope] tvm; ep BBC2-tv series 'Screenplay'

1986

Shoot for the Sun [Ian Knox] tvm

1986

Murder on the Bluebell Line [John Lynch] doc/?m; ep BBC-tv series 'Q.E.D.' (1987)

1986

Dennis Potter [prod: Anthony Wall] interview/61m; ep BBC2-tv series 'Arena' (1987)

1987

Dead Lucky [Barbara Rennie] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1987

Sweet as You Are [Angela Pope] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1987

Love After Lunch [Edward Bennett] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Sunday Premiere'

1987

Shadow On the Earth [Chris Bernard] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1987

The Other Graham Greene [Nigel Finch] doc/60m; ep BBC2-tv series 'Arena'

1987

Thinking [James Burge] doc (5 chapters)/50m; ep BBC2-tv series 'Horizon' (1988)

1988

Christabel [Adrian Shergold] 5-part miniseries; also feature version (148m)

1988

Release [Mark Anthony-Turnage & Philip Bonham-Carter] mus short/45m; ep 4-part BBC-tv series 'Sound on Film'

1988

Dream Baby [Angela Pope] tvm

1989

Testimony of a Child [Peter Smith] tvm; ep BBC2-tv series 'Screenplay'

1989

Summer's Lease [Martyn Friend] 4-part miniseries; in USA ep PBS-tv series 'Masterpiece Theatre'

1989

Children Crossing [Angela Pope] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1990

Land of Dreams [Diarmuid Lawrence] tvm; ep BBC2-tv series 'Screenplay'

1990

News Hounds [Les Blair] tvm/16mm;ep BBC-tv series 'Screen One'

1990

Hallelujah Anyhow [Matthew Jacobs] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1991

Sleepers [Geoffrey Sax] 4-part miniseries

1991

The Lost Language of Cranes [Nigel Finch] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1991

Goodbye Cruel World [Adrian Shergold] 3-part miniseries

1991

Memento Mori [Jack Clayton] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1992

Bitter Harvest [Simon Cellan Jones] tvm; ep BBC2-tv series 'Screenplay'

1992

The Machine That Changed the World [ep #1 'Giant Brains' dir by Fiona Holmes, #3 'The Paperback Computer' dir by Jon Palfreman & Robert Hone & #4 'The Thinking Machine' dir by Jon Palfreman] 5-part doc series; ph dram seq; cph: Richard Adam (#1), Andy Elliott (#1), Peter Hoving (#1, 3 & 4), Michael Chin (#3 & 4) & Brian Dowley (#3 & 4)

1992

Black and White in Colour: Television, Memory, Race [Isaac Julien] 2-part doc for BBC2/b&w-c/2x 58m; 2 parts: '1936-1968' & '1968-1992'

1992

The Hummingbird Tree [Noella Smith] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen One'

1992

Great Moments in Aviation/Shades of Fear [Beeban Kidron] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1992

Chef! [ep #1 'Personnel', #2 'Beyond the Pass', #3 'Subject to Contract', #4 'The Big Cheese', #5 'Fame Is the Spur' & #6 'Rice and Peas' dir by John Birkin] 20-part (incl 1 special) series, 1993-96; 1st season, 1993

1993

Wide Eyed and Legless/The Wedding Gift [Richard Loncraine] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen One'

1993

Money for Nothing/Hot Millions [Michael Ockrent] tvm/16mm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen One'

1993

Midnight Movie [Renny Rye] tvm; ep BBC-tv series 'Screen Two'

1994

The Fast Show/Brilliant! [ep #1-6 dir by Arch Dyson] 25-part sketch show, 1994-2000; 1st season; for BBC-tv

1994

The Buccaneers [Philip Saville] 5-part miniseries; in USA 3-part ep PBS-tv series 'Masterpiece Theatre'

1994

Into the Fire [Jane Howell] 3-part miniseries

1995

Rock & Roll/Dancing in the Street - A Rock and Roll History [ep (UK: #7) 'The Wild Side/Hang on to Yourself' dir by Hugh Thomson] 10-part (x 60m) mus doc series/b&w-c; cph: Robert Payton & Ian Salvage; for PBS-tv (1995) & BBC2 (1996)

1995

Cold Lazarus [Renny Rye] 4-part miniseries

1996

Human Bomb [Anthony Page] tvm

1996

[Jane Austen's] Emma [Diarmuid Lawrence] tvm

1997

The Ebb-Tide [Nicholas Renton] tvm

1999

Arabian Nights [Steve Barron] 2-part tvm; 2uc: John Ignatius

2000

Band of Brothers [ep #2 'Day of Days' dir by Richard Loncraine, #5 'Crossroads' dir by Tom Hanks, #6 'Bastogne' dir by David Leland, #8 'The Last Patrol' dir by Tony To & #9 'Why We Fight' dir by David Frankel] 10-part miniseries/35mm+HD (interv seg)-to-dv, 2001; other ph: Joel Ransom (5 ep)

"The Pacific"

2007

The Pacific [ep #1 'Guadalcanal/Leckie' dir by Tim Van Patten (TVP), #2 'Basilone' dir by David Nutter, #5 'Peleliu Landing' dir by Carl Franklin, #6 'Peleliu Airfield' dir by Tony To & #7 'Peleliu Hills' dir by TVP] 10-part miniseries/HD+s35-to-HD (1.78:1); other ph: Stephen F. Windon (5 ep); vfx ph: Richard Chapelle


 TELEVISION AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1968

The Borderers [various; series] c.asst; ph: Alan Jonas

1969

Happy [Marc Miller; tvm] c.asst; ph: Alan Jonas

1970

The Roads to Freedom [James Cellan Jones; series] c.asst; ph: John McGlashan

1971

The Runaway Summer [Mary Ridge; miniseries] c.asst; ph: Bill Matthews

1972

Fish [Anna Home; children's miniseries] c.op; ph: Bill Matthews

1973

Wessex Tales [ep 'An Imaginative Woman' dir by Gavin Millar; series] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1973

Parents and Children [ep 'Talking Pictures' prod by Eurfron Gwynne Jones & Rodney Bennett; doc series] c.asst; ph: Bill Matthews

1974

Steven [Brian Parker; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1974

Dial M for Murder [ep #3 'The Vineyard' dir by Gerald Blake; series] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1974

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil [John Mackenzie; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1974

Robinson Crusoe [James MacTaggart; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1974

The Enemy Within [Les Blair; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1974

Sunset Across the Bay [Stephen Frears; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1975

The Evacuees [Alan Parker; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1975

The Five-Minute Films [Mike Leigh; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1975

Daft As a Brush [Stephen Frears; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1975

Three Men in a Boat [Stephen Frears; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1975

Moll Flanders [Donald McWhinnie; 2-part tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1976

Play Things [Stephen Frears; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1976

Rogue Male [Clive Donner; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1976

Arnhem: The Story of an Escape [Clive Rees; tvm] c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano

1977

The Price of Coal [Ken Loach; 2-part tvm]; c.asst; ph: Brian Tufano