Academy-Award nominated cinematographer Barry Ackroyd discusses the philosophy and merits of his multi-camera shooting style.

A theme of the English cinematographer Barry Ackroyd’s career is collaboration. First, there is the matter of his work with directors like Ken Loach, with whom he has shot ten films, Paul Greengrass (with whom he has shot four), and Kathryn Bigelow (two.) There is then the fact that for films as diverse as Loach’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley and Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award), the DP has brought a unique and team-work heavy style that involves the use of three cameras, extensive handheld work, and artistic use of focus, a style that he expounds on in the below video from CookeOpticsTV.

Check out the video, as well as three insights from the mind of the cinematographer who compares focus-pulling to jazz.

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