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Being impressed by Jean le Pin's operating technique


Agaguk: Lighting inside the real igloo
Billy Williams Film-maker
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Inside the igloo in... in the studio I'd got day scenes to do which I lit assuming that there was a window of ice, so I had a certain amount of top light and I could push a certain amount of light through the sides which revealed a kind of pattern of the layers of... of frozen snow — it’s a bit like brickwork — and so I was able to push a little bit of light through there, to give the feeling of the exterior light. So it was principally coming from the top when we were shooting days scenes; now, when we came to the night scenes the... the only light source is from this little flame which burns on the outside wall which illuminates and both cook... and also cooks the food, so I had to kind of try and fake this as the only light source, which was a bit tricky. And it was very difficult shooting in the igloo... we had like cut-out igloos in the stage, and the problem was with so much white, was kind of, retaining any sense of shape. It... it was... it was difficult to handle.

Billy Williams, London-born cinematographer Billy Williams gained his first two Oscar nominations for the acclaimed “Women in Love” and “On Golden Pond”. His third nomination, which was successful, was for the epic “Gandhi”. He was President of the British Society of Cinematographers, and was awarded the Camera Image Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

Listeners: Neil Binney

Neil Binney began working as a 'clapper boy' in 1946 on spin-off films from steam radio such as "Dick Barton". Between 1948-1950 he served as a Royal Air Force photographer. From 1950 he was a Technicolor assistant technician working on films such as John Ford's "Mogambo" (photographed by Freddie Young), Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (Bob Burke), and Visconti's "Senso" (G.R. Aldo/B. Cracker). As a camera assistant he worked on "Mind Benders", "Billy Liar" and "This Sporting Life". Niel Binney became a camera operator in 1963 and worked with, among others, Jack Cardiff, Fred Tammes and Billy Williams. He was elected associate member of the British Society of Cinematographers in 1981 and his most recent credits include "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Fierce Creatures".

Duration: 1 minute, 22 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008