#1: From interview [BSC, 2012]

 

   


DANNY COHEN   BSC

 

Born: 1963, as Daniel Cohen. His maternal grandparents were German Jews who fled the Third Reich in 1933 to London, UK.

Career: 'You can go to film school, but everybody's different. My first degree was a social science and nothing to do with film. I'd always done a lot of stills photography. I ended up as a photographic technician at Middlesex Polytechnic [since 1992 Middlesex University] and then became a camera assistant on small documentaries and pop promos and commercials. It's all about chance meetings. I ended up as a camera assistant and clapper/loader for eight years working with lots of cameramen with different styles, so that was my film school. I worked with the French cameraman who shot '37°2 le matin/Betty Blue' [1985]. Going to work was like going to a master-class every day.'

Ph commercials and music videos.

Member of the BSC since 2008.

Was awarded an honorary degree by Middlesex University for his work in the creative industries [2017].

Awards: BAFTA TV Craft Award nom [2006] for 'Longford'; BAFTA TV Craft Award nom [2007] for 'Joe's Palace'; 'Emmy' Award nom [2008; shared] for 'John Adams' [ep 'Don't Tread Me']; 'Oscar' AA nom [2010], BAFTA Film Award nom [2010] & ASC Film Award nom [2010] for 'The King's Speech'; ASC Film Award nom [2012] for 'Les Misérables'.

Website: Danny Cohen


Film or Digital: 'I've been really lucky that the bulk of my work in the past five years has been on film. I'm a bit spoiled really and not in the real world, I admit. I've shot some films on HD and shoot commercials on video, but the bigger projects, like the next 'Johnny English' film with Rowan Atkinson I just finished, have been on film. I just think you have a lot more flexibility when you shoot on film. HD is good for certain things, but there's a simplicity and texture you get when you shoot on film. Money plays a huge part in what you shoot on these days. Everybody approaches the question of what format to shoot in with a completely different point of view. As a cinematographer, I think you still get the best images from film. Plus, there's a consistency about the process: you can literally turn the camera on and shoot. You're also not losing control of the film into post-production. With the RED, you have to go have a cup of tea before the camera's ready to go. It's a computer you stick a lens on, and it's not very ergonomically designed. If you do a lot of running around and handheld work, it doesn't feel like a naturally balanced camera. I've shot on RED and on ARRI's D-21, and both projects looked really good. But you can't put the D-21 on your shoulder, either, because it weighs too much. The ALEXA, as a shrunk-down version of the D-21, is much more practical, and because ARRI has this long history in the film industry, it's much more ergonomically designed. You can just pop it on your shoulder and go. I've got a project coming up next month in which I'll be shooting with the ALEXA. We could have easily decided to shoot 'The King's Speech' on HD because it's so dialogue heavy with long, 10-minute takes. In an ideal world, you make that format choice for aesthetic reasons, because technology is no longer an obstacle. But it's never an ideal world.' [From the studiodaily website, 2011.]


 

 FILMS

1995

A Lamp in a Window [Tamara Tracz] s16/c; short/13m

1996

Some Small Cycle [Jason Edwards] c; short/15m

1996

The Full Monty [Peter Cattaneo] c; uncred co-2uc; ph: John de Borman

1996

Fifty Quid [Hester Clarke] ?; short/7m

1997

Shit Happens [Rebecca Surridge] ?; short/?m

1997

Daylight Hours Only [Tamara Tracz] 16mm/c; short/25m

1998

The Snatching of Bookie Bob [John Sharian] c; short/17m

1998

Charlie [Jon Wilson] c; short/10m

1998

Wiper [Marc Charach] s16/c; short/22m

1999

Leviathan [Jack Price] ?; short/?m

1999

Rage [Newton I. Aduaka] c; addph; ph: Carlos Arango

1999

Dead Babies/Mood Swingers [William Marsh] p/c

1999

Rob of the Rovers [Ashley Horner] c; short/11m

2000

Possessed Jeans [Nicolai Fuglsig] c; branded short/6m; part of Levi's 'Reel Revolution' project

2001

Beginner's Luck [Nick Cohen & James Callis] dv-to-35mm/c; co-2uc; ph: Chris Preston

2001

My Other Wheelchair Is a Porsche [Ravi Kumar] c; short/12m; 2uc: Ole Birkeland

2001

Viva Mumbo [Jason Edwards] 16mm/c; short/11m

2001

Rewind: "El último cuplé" [Johnny Shahnazarian] b&w-c; doc/60m

2002

Ten Minutes Older: The Cello [seg 'About Time 2' dir by Mike Figgis] b&w-c; 8 seg; cred as (co-)c.op

2002

My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117/Dog Daze [Chris Morris] c; short/12m

2003

Dead Man's Shoes [Shane Meadows] s16-35bu/b&w-c; addph: Zac Nicholson

2003

Seres queridos/Only Human [Teresa De Pelegri & Dominic Harari] c

2003

Old Street [Angus Jackson] DigiBeta/c; short/12m

2003

Creep [Christopher Smith] s35/c; addph: Jake Polonsky; vfx ph: Richard Craske

2003

33x Around the Sun [John Hardwick] s16/c; back drop ph: Chris Cooke & Tim Bennett

2004

Chaos [Tony Giglio] s35/c; ph UK; ph: Richard Greatrex

2004

Festival [Annie Griffin] c; 2uc: Kevin O'Brien

2005

The Last Hangman/Pierrepoint [: The Last Hangman] [Adrian Shergold] 16mm-35bu/c; 2uc: Zac Nicholson

2005

Scummy Man [Paul Fraser] c; short/16m; comm by pop group Arctic Monkeys

2005

This Is England [Shane Meadows] s16-35bu/c

2006

Portraits of a Lady [Neil Leifer] c; doc/40m; cph: Peter Franchella & Howie Leifer; 2uc: Adam Zebersky; prod for HBO-tv

2007

Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo [Richard Ayoade] s16/c; concert film/76m; filmed 17 December 2007 in Manchester, England

2008

The Boat That Rocked/Pirate Radio [Richard Curtis] s35 (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Martin Kenzie; addph 2u: Adam Gillham; aph: Jeremy Braben; uwph: Mark Silk

2008

Glorious 39/1939 [Stephen Poliakoff] c

2009

The King's Speech [Tom Hooper] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Martin Kenzie; filmed 2009-10

2010

Johnny English Reborn [Oliver Parker] s35+HD (Phantom HD)-to-35mm scope (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Martin Kenzie; aph: Jeremy Braben & (French unit) Steven Desbrow

2011

Jess//Jim [Luke Snellin] HD (ARRI ALEXA)/c; short/7m

2012

Les Misérables [Tom Hooper] s35-to-35mm (+ D-Cinema)/c; 2uc: Martin Foley; aph (France): Jim Swanson

2013

X+Y [Morgan Matthews] HD/c

2013

The Program/Icon/Lance Armstrong [Stephen Frears] RED Epic/c; 2uc: Christopher Ross

2014

London Road [Rufus Norris] RED Epic/c

2014

Room [Lenny Abrahamson] RED Epic Dragon-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c

2015

The Danish Girl [Tom Hooper] RED Epic Dragon/c; 2uc: Paul McGeachan & John Evans

2015

Florence Foster Jenkins [Stephen Frears] HD (ARRI ALEXA XT/p)-to-digital (scope)/b&w-c

2016

Final Portrait [Stanley Tucci] RED Epic Dragon-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c

2016

Victoria and Abdul [Stephen Frears] RED Epic Dragon-to-D-Cinema (scope)/c

2017

Disobedience [Sebastián Lelio] HD/c

2017

Night in Hatton Garden [James Marsh] HD/c

 

 TELEVISION

1999

Ibiza - £99 Return [David Blair] tvm/50m; ep #6 of 6-part series 'Shockers', 1999 (3 ep) & 2001 (3 ep); 2nd series, 2001; for Channel 4

2000

Cyclops [Bharat Nalluri] tvm/46m; ep #4 of 6-part series 'Shockers'; 2nd series, 2001; see 1999

2001

Baited Breath [Jon Wilson] tvm/30m; ep series 'Western Lights'; for HTV West

2001

Menace [Bill Eagles] 2-part tvm

2002

Daddy's Girl [Bill Eagles] tvm

2002

The Book Group [ep #7 'Sueños (Dreams)', #8 'Hunger', #9 'You Must Change Your Life', #10 'Drowning', #11 'Research', #12 'A'salaam Insha'lah (Peace, God Willing)' dir by Annie Griffin] 12-part series, 2002-03; 2nd season, 2003

2003

Box of Slice [Christopher Morris] pilot/30m; for Channel 4

2004

Nathan Barley [Christopher Morris] 6-part series, 2005

2005

Murder in Suburbia [ep #8 'Estate Agents' dir by Roger Goldby (RG) & #9 'The Wedding' dir by RG] 12-part series, 2004-05; 2nd season, 2005

2006

Longford [Tom Hooper] tvm

2006

Born Equal [Dominic Savage] tvm

2006

Joe's Palace [Stephen Poliakoff] tvm

2007

Coming Down the Mountain [Julie Anne Robinson] tvm

2007

A Real Summer [Stephen Poliakoff] tvm/45m

2007

Capturing Mary [Stephen Poliakoff] tvm

2007

John Adams [ep #1 (addph) 'Join or Die', #2 (addph) 'Independence', #3 (cph) 'Don't Tread on Me', #4 (cph) 'Reunion', #5 (cph) 'Unite or Die', #6 (cph) 'Unnecessary War' & #7 (ph) 'Peacefield' dir by Tom Hooper] 7-part miniseries/35mm-to-HDTV, 2008; other ph: Tak Fujimoto; 2uc: Kyle Rudolph; snow unit ph: Stephen Lyons

2007

Poppy Shakespeare [Benjamin Ross] tvm

2009

Dive [Dominic Savage] 2-part tvm/HD (Phantom HD)+?mm

2009

Campus [Victoria Pile] pilot; followed by 6-part series, 2011 (ph by Rob Kitzmann)

2010

This Is England '86 [Tom Harper (ep #1-2) & Shane Meadows (ep #3-4)] 4-part miniseries

2011

This Is England '88 [Shane Meadows] tvm/RED-to-HD

2011

Richard II [Rupert Goold] tvm/HD

 

 MISCELLANEOUS

1993

Syrup [Paul Unwin; short] clapper-loader; ph: Sean Van Hales

1994

The Young Poisoner's Handbook [Benjamin Ross] clapper-loader; ph: Hubert Taczanowski

1994

Blue Juice [Carl Prechezer] co-c.asst (Lanzarote); ph: Richard Greatrex

1995

Io no spik inglish [Carlo Vanzina] co-c.asst; ph: Gianlorenzo Battaglia

1996

Twin Town [Kevin Allen] co-c.op 2u; 2uc: Paul Englefield; ph: John Mathieson

1996

The Revengers' Comedies/Sweet Revenge [Malcolm Mowbray] co-focus puller 2u; ph: Romain Winding

1996

Metroland [Philip Saville] clapper-loader; ph: Jean-François Robin

1997

[Book Box:] Grandpa Chatterji [Indra Bhose; 2-part tvm] focus puller; ph: Joachim Bergamin

1998

The Loss of Sexual Innocence [Mike Figgis] co-focus puller; ph: Benoît Delhomme

1998

East Is East [Damien O'Donnell] co-focus puller add crew; ph: Brian Tufano