Peter Marsden, DIT digital imaging technician, London
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Busy until: 8th July 2021
Born on 05.04.1982 in Australia (38 Years)

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    • Darkest Hour
      Bruno Delbonnel AFC ASC on Darkest Hour

      Bruno Delbonnel AFC ASC may have lost out to Roger Deakins for the BAFTA, ASC and Oscar trophies this awards season, but his work on Darkest Hour – featuring an Oscar winning role from Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill – garnered much praise and critical acclaim.

      Get the story of his use of themes within light and dark, how he kept the camera moving, and his relationship with colourist Peter Doyle.
      https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/inside-new-issue-86/
    • Peterloo
      Director Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, screening in-competition at the 2018 EnergaCamerimage Festival Of Cinematography, with DP Dick Pope BSC in the running for the Golden Frog, depicts a bloody and brutal episode in British history.

      The end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815, and the introduction of the first of the Corn Laws, had resulted in periods of chronic famine and unemployment, felt with particular hardship in the industrial north of England. By 1819, the pressure generated by poor economic conditions, coupled with the relative lack of suffrage in Northern England, had enhanced the appeal of political radicalism, causing alarm amongst the government of insurrection.

      On 16th August 1819, a crowd of some 80,000 people from Manchester and its surrounding towns gathered in St Peter’s Fields to demand Parliamentary reform and an extension of voting rights. The meeting had been peaceful, but in the attempt to arrest Henry Hunt, one of the leaders of the meeting, a cavalry charge by local yeomen and the 15th Hussars into the huge crowd resulted in at least 15 people being killed, with an estimated 700 others injured. The massacre was quickly given the name ‘Peterloo’ in mocking comparison to the Battle Of Waterloo, which had taken place just four years before.
      https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/dick-pope-bsc-peterloo/
    • Solo: A Star Wars Story
      "
      Who were your crew?

      BY: They were a company of amazing visual storytellers. Whilst I like to operate, there was no way I could light and operate at the same time. So it was all about building an eco-system to which people could offer different skills and talents. My good friend Sylvaine Dufaux was my main camera operator. She is a warrior. When things got crazy, and we needed more help, my best friend Jeffrey Kim came over and eventually headed a fully-fledged unit that brought a lot to the table.

      Oliver Loncraine on B-camera was massive, and a great discovery. Philip Smith, first AC on B-camera, helped to prep 90% of the film and is a very special human being. My main DIT Dan Carling was wonderfully on-point with exposure advice. When he had to leave for another production, Peter Marsden came in and I inherited all of the masterful things he does with Dick Pope BSC.

      My second unit DP, Tim Wooster BSC was a great asset, who, with second unit director Bradley Allan, understood the vision and stuck to it and was guardian of the image. Perry Evans, my main unit gaffer, and Rocky Evans, my second unit gaffer, helped me and our camera crews immensely, as did key grip Gary Hymns, and his team. The crew were all as invested in the look of the film as me. They were never shy in coming forwards if they felt anything was not our look.

      You treated the footage with a LUT on-set. Tell us more.

      BY: Yes, during prep I worked with Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) to find an interesting LUT. I went for a Kodak 5230 beach-bypass emulation LUT – the same one that was initiated by Greig Fraser on Rogue One, which the colour scientists at ILM had mimicked from that exact film stock. My colourist, Joe Gawler (from Harbor Post, NY) worked with ILM to modify that LUT slightly to fit our organic, naturalistic look. By the way, Greig is a good friend and was also one of my advisors on the film. He was extremely generous in his advice and helped me keep my head level.
      "
      https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/bradford-young-asc-solo-a-star-wars-story/
    • Mr Turner: LUTs : Searching for Turner's Palette
      "... This post supplements my article in the January issue of American Cinematographer about the beautiful film Mr. Turner. The movie's dazzling images have earned cinematographer Dick Pope, BSC, nominations from the ASC, BAFTA and the Academy.
      Obviously the sophisticated look of Mr. Turner is the result of many choices by Dick and his team. In this post, I describe an aesthetic approach to researching and defining a palette that acted as one of the references for the look of the film, and also its on-set LUTs (Look-Up Tables).
      There have been many scholarly studies of Turner’s palette, including an interesting study by the Tate that follows his use of color in different locations.
      Although there is one sequence in Mr Turner which does reproduce a painting (The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1838), Dick Pope’s approach in the film was primarily to evoke, not reproduce the artist's works. To do this he sought to find a way to use the same kind of palette and coloring as Turner's paintings for the film.
      When asked about LUTs, Dick Pope sent me the following email:
      Well before prep began, myself, 1st AC Gordon Segrove and DIT Peter Marsden who both in their own rights are very talented photographers, absorbed Turner, seeing the exhibitions, reading books and revisiting Tate Britain, home to a magnificent permanent collection and a wealth of research material. ...."
      https://ascmag.com/blog/the-film-book/luts-1-searching-turners-palette
    • Mr Turner
      "Turner was progressive,” says cinematographer Dick Pope. “He was not a Luddite. He was very forward-looking. And if he was making the decision today, whether to shoot on film or digital, with all the tools and control of the palette [digital] offers, Mike and I felt that he would choose digital.”

      “Mike,” of course, is Mike Leigh, and “Turner” is J.M.W. Turner, the 19th-century painter of roiling seas and fiery vistas containing a near-religious quality of apocalypse. Together, Leigh and Pope have made Mr. Turner, a rare artist biopic that imbues within its visual strategies a sense of its subject’s own ways of seeing. Opening with a glorious wide shot of peasant women traipsing past a windmill, the sun throwing down a haunting magic-hour glow, Mr. Turner contains not just the quality of light fans of the painter will recognize from works like “Norham Castle Sunrise,” but a sense of how the artist’s visual consciousness was shaped by both geography and the historical currents of the Industrial Revolution.

      As Pope reveals, Mr. Turner’s look has been the result of careful preproduction planning and research. “Right from the outset, I studied his palette,” Pope says. “I did this as a collaboration with my digital imaging technician, Peter Marsden, and first a.c., Gordon Segrove, who are both accomplished stills photographers. We researched and devised a palette based on his colors and pigments. We took this coloration, this look Turner gave his paintings, and gave it to our film, testing and refining it. The Look Up Tables we had on set were the result of that look, and nothing really changed when we went into the DI. That look is baked in right from preproduction. The colorist worked with me from the initial tests right through to the end.”
      https://filmmakermagazine.com/87951-digital-tableaux-cinematographer-dick-pope-on-mr-turner/#.XygXj0l7laZ
    • Mr Turner
      For his 10th movie with British filmmaker Mike Leigh, cinematographer Dick Pope BSC, was given a subject that most could only dream about: a biopic about English Romantic artist JMW Turner, known as "the painter of light".
      Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling the Renaissance, through his prodigious talent and prolific production of oil and watercolour landscapes.Whilst the film, simply titled Mr Turner, includes visual influences rooted in the romantic paintings of the 19th century, it is chiefly a character study of the mercurial artist – an eccentric, reclusive character, bedevilled by depressive bouts and tangled familial and amorous relationships.
      Mr Turner, produced for around $15m, was lauded by critics after it screened at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Indeed, Timothy Spall won the gong for Best Male Actor and Pope was honoured with the Vulcain Technical Artist prize by the CST (Commission Supérieure Technique de l’Image et du Son) for “bringing to light the works of Turner” via his deft cinematography. Here, Ron Prince discovers more about how Mr Turner was conceived and shot.
      https://britishcinematographer.co.uk/dick-pope-bsc-mr-turner/

    About Peter Marsden

    Peter Marsden is a Cinematographer, Photographer & Digital Imaging Technician on feature films, television & commercials. Widely-travelled, he is London & Berlin-based, and is able to work in the UK, across the European Union & Australia

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    Fictional projects as DIT digital imaging technician

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2020The Little Mermaid (WT)Feature FilmRob MarshallWalt Disney Studios [us]
    2020The Batman (WT)
    Splinter Unit & Array Unit, Cinematographer Daniel Vilar
    Feature FilmMatt ReevesWarner Bros. [uk]Splinter Unit & Array Unit, Cinematographer Daniel Vilar
    2019Eternals (WT)
    2nd Unit, Cinematographer Sam Renton
    Feature FilmChloé ZhaoMarvel Studios [us]2nd Unit, Cinematographer Sam Renton
    2019Gunpowder Milkshake (WT)
    Cinematographer Michael Seresin B.S.C.
    Feature FilmNavot PapushadoStudio Babelsberg Motion Pictures GmbH [de]Cinematographer Michael Seresin B.S.C.
    2019Sanditon
    Episodes 1-3, Cinematographer David Raedeker
    TV Series, ITV [uk]Olly BlackburnRed Planet Pictures [uk]Episodes 1-3, Cinematographer David Raedeker
    2019Peter Rabbit 2
    UK unit, Cinematographer Peter Menzies Jnr. A.C.S, A.S.C.
    Feature FilmWill GluckColumbia Pictures Corporation [us]UK unit, Cinematographer Peter Menzies Jnr. A.C.S, A.S.C.
    2019The Rook
    Cinematographers P.J. Dillion, Gavin Struthers, David Raedeker, Balazs Bolygo, Oliver Curtis
    TV Series, Starz [us]China Moo-YoungCharacter 7 [us]Cinematographers P.J. Dillion, Gavin Struthers, David Raedeker, Balazs Bolygo, Oliver Curtis
    2018Motherless Brooklyn
    UK VFX Unit, Cinematographer Dick Pope B.S.C.
    Feature FilmEdward NortonClass 5 Films [us]UK VFX Unit, Cinematographer Dick Pope B.S.C.
    2018Solo: A Star Wars Story
    Extended & Additional Photography, Cinematographer Bradford Young A.S.C.
    Feature FilmRon HowardLucasfilm Ltd. [us]Extended & Additional Photography, Cinematographer Bradford Young A.S.C.
    2018Wild Bill
    Episodes 1-2, Cinematographer Balazs Bolygo
    TV Series, ITV [uk]Charles Martin42 [uk]Episodes 1-2, Cinematographer Balazs Bolygo
    2017Johnny English 3
    Second Unit, Cinematographer Stephan Pehrsson
    Feature FilmDavid KerrWorking Title Films [uk]Second Unit, Cinematographer Stephan Pehrsson
    2017Peter Rabbit
    UK unit, Cinematographer Peter Menzies Jnr. A.C.S., A.S.C.
    Feature FilmWill GluckColumbia Pictures Corporation [us]UK unit, Cinematographer Peter Menzies Jnr. A.C.S., A.S.C.
    2017Peterloo
    Cinematographer Dick Pope B.S.C.
    Feature FilmMike LeighFilm4 [uk]Cinematographer Dick Pope B.S.C.
    2017Mowgli - Legend of the Jungle
    Additional Photography, Cinematographer Michael Seresin B.S.C.
    Feature FilmAndy SerkisWarner Bros. Pictures [us]Additional Photography, Cinematographer Michael Seresin B.S.C.
    2016Darkest Hour
    Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel A.F.C, A.S.C.
    Feature FilmJoe WrightWorking Title Films [uk]Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel A.F.C, A.S.C.
    2016Allied
    Cinematographer Don Burgess A.S.C.
    Feature FilmRobert ZemeckisGK Films [us]Cinematographer Don Burgess A.S.C.
    2015Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel A.F.C, A.S.C.
    Feature FilmTim BurtonChernin Entertainment [us]Cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel A.F.C, A.S.C.
    2015Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them
    Cinematographer Philippe Rousselot A.F.C, A.S.C.
    Feature FilmDavid YatesHeyday Films [uk]Cinematographer Philippe Rousselot A.F.C, A.S.C.
    2014Macbeth
    Cinematographer Adam Arkapaw A.C.S.
    Feature FilmJustin KurzelSee-Saw Films [uk]Cinematographer Adam Arkapaw A.C.S.
    2014Legend
    Cinematographer Dick Pope B.S.C.
    Feature FilmBrian HelgelandWorking Title Films [uk]Cinematographer Dick Pope B.S.C.

    Advertising/Image/Music videos as DIT digital imaging technician

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2014Altuzarra Target - Eva Herzigova
    Cinematographer Darius Khondji A.F.C, A.S.C.
    CommercialPeter LindberghFilm Spring [uk]Cinematographer Darius Khondji A.F.C, A.S.C.
    2010Nike - Write the Future
    Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki A.M.C., A.S.C.
    CommercialAlejandro González IñárrituAnonymous Content [us]Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki A.M.C., A.S.C.
    2010Doctor Who - 3D Promo
    Phantom 3D
    TrailerCharlie MawerRed Bee [uk]Phantom 3D
    2010Sony Football - (Title is missing)
    Cinematographer Marcel Zyskind
    CommercialJonathan GlazerAcademy films [uk/us]Cinematographer Marcel Zyskind
    2010Berliner Philharmoniker - Berliner Philharmoniker in 3D
    3D
    Corporate FilmJosef KlugerKUK Filmproduktion GmbH3D
    2009Jaguar Cars - (Title is missing)
    Cinematographer Steve Albins
    CommercialGary HolderTangerine Films [uk]Cinematographer Steve Albins
    2009T-Mobile - Flash Mob
    DIT - Silicon Imaging SI2K, Cinematographer Tim Maurice-Jones
    CommercialTim Maurice-JonesPartizan USDIT - Silicon Imaging SI2K, Cinematographer Tim Maurice-Jones
    2008British Heart Foundation - (Title is missing)
    Cinematographer David Higgs
    CommercialDavid HiggsRSA Ridley Scott Association Films Ltd [uk/us]Cinematographer David Higgs
    2008Nike - Take it to the Next Level
    DIT - Silicon Imaging SI2K Cameras, Cinematographer David Higgs
    CommercialGuy RitchieAnonymous Content [us]DIT - Silicon Imaging SI2K Cameras, Cinematographer David Higgs
    2005Dell Computer - (Title is missing)
    Cinematographer Allen Daviau A.S.C.
    CommercialAllen Daviau///Produktionsfirma fehlt///Cinematographer Allen Daviau A.S.C.

    Shows/Live/Events as DIT digital imaging technician

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2010iTunes Festival 2010 - The Roundhouse, Camden TownConcert Recordingzuständige/r Regisseur/inLive Nation Productions [us]
    2009Live from Abbey Road
    Cinematographer Kelvin Richard
    TV-Show, Channel 4 [uk]Annabel JankelLive from Abbey Road Ltd. [uk]Cinematographer Kelvin Richard
    2008Live from Abbey Road
    Cinematographer Kelvin Richard
    TV-Show, Channel 4 [uk]Annabel JankelLive from Abbey Road Ltd. [uk]Cinematographer Kelvin Richard
    2007Live from Abbey Road
    Cinematographer Kelvin Richard
    TV-Show, Channel 4 [uk]Annabel JankelLive from Abbey Road Ltd. [uk]Cinematographer Kelvin Richard

    Fictional projects in other activities

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2019SanditonTV Series, ITV [uk]Olly BlackburnRed Planet Pictures [uk]additional photography Cinematographer for VFX Unit
    2019AnaShort FilmGael LeCornecFootprint Production, Gael LeCornec [uk]director of photography
    2018Film Stars Don't Do Super 8Short FilmJohn DoddsOxyGene Films [uk]director of photography
    2018The Sexual JonesesShort FilmJan MaroskeJan Maroske Produktion [de]director of photography
    2017PeterlooFeature FilmMike LeighFilm4 [uk]assistant vfx supervisor
    2011Snow White and The HuntsmanFeature FilmRupert SandersUniversal Pictures [us]video assist/playback operator additional video assist
    2009Robin HoodFeature FilmRidley ScottScott Free Productions [us]camera operator SI2K Camera Operator (uncredited)
    2007DivertedTV Movie, CBC Television [ca]Alex ChappleBig Tree Productions [uk]1st assistant camera
    2003MesmerisedShort FilmRichard ShepherdMesmeriseddirector of photography
    2002Sum of ExistenceFeature FilmJon CohenCoherent Productions [au]gaffer

    Advertising/Image/Music videos in other activities

    YearTitleGenreDirectorProducerComment
    2020Monokel Berlin - Random Act in a SuitCommercialBen GalsterDie Weber GmbH [de]director of photography
    2010Matten Streak OrchestraMoodfilmGary HolderTangerine Films [uk]director of photography
    2008Jaguar Cars - (Title is missing)CommercialGary HolderTangerine Films [uk]1st assistant camera
    2008Royal Australian Navy - RecruitmentRecruiting-VideoJulius AveryRenegade Films Australia PTY Ltd. [au]1st assistant camera

    Basic data

    NationalityAustralian, British
    LanguagesEnglish
    Experience abroadAustralia and Oceania: Australia
    North America: Canada, USA
    East Asia: China, South Korea
    Eastern Europe: Hungary, Poland
    Southern Europe: Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Italy, Monaco, Spain
    Southeast Asia: Malaysia, Singapore
    Western Europe: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Wales
    Own equipmentDIT Equipment for onset colour grading & monitoring
    DIT Equipment for data management
    Various Cameras & Lenses, including Arri 416 & Blackmagic Ursa Mini
    LicencesB (car) [eu]
    EducationFilm Production Diploma, Northern Sydney Institute of Technology, Sydney, 2000-2001
    Short Courses at AFTRS, Sydney, 2002-2005

    Participant of the first ARRI Certified Training for Advanced Color Science Workshop, Munich, Germany, August 2017

    trained to use Aaton, Arri, Bolex & Panavision Film Cameras, Arri, Canon, Panasonic, Phantom, Panavision, Red & Sony Digital Cameras

    member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) since 2020
    member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) since 2000
    member of the Guild of British Camera Technicans (GBCT) since 2011, Board Member since 2018

    friend of the Association of Camera Operators (ACO)
    attendee of the annual Camerimage Festival, Poland, since 2006
    Preferred place of workLondon, Berlin, UK, Germany, Europe, Australia
    Immediate working areaLondon
    1st residence (federal state or country)Great Britain
    2nd residence (if applicable)Berlin
    Accommodation possibilitiesAdelaide, Brisbane, Bristol, London, Melbourne, Sydney
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