Collaboration is key in filmmaking, and who better to illustrate this then the creative duo of Mike Leigh and Dick Pope. We were delighted to introduce Oscar-nominated cinematography great Dick Pope to our BA (Hons) Filmmaking, Filmmaking and Screenwriting Diploma students via our special online Masterclass.
Pope was keen to let students know of the versatility you need to become a cinematographer, highlighting the many roles to learn, such as camera operator.
"Camera operators can bring something to the table that DoPs can't."
Throughout the Masterclass, Pope explained his process behind some of his best work, such as ‘Mr. Turner’, ‘The Illusionist’ and ‘Secrets & Lies’. His advice is to always look for the uncomplicated way of achieving the shot:
"It's fundamentally important that you have a handle on basic lighting techniques - what's the simple approach?"
Pope was a great addition to our Masterclass Week and provided excellent and insightful advice to those looking to pursue a career in cinematography.
This is part of our series of online Masterclasses, with a lineup of prominent filmmakers including Tracey Seaward (‘The Two Popes’), Corin Hardy (‘Gangs of London’), John Strickland (‘Line of Duty’) and Dick Pope (‘Mr. Turner’). This series is exclusive to our BA (Hons) Filmmaking, Filmmaking and Screenwriting Diploma students.