Of necessity our discussions are often of a technical nature but we never lose sight of the fact that we are "Guardians of the Image" and as cinematography standards are compromised with the introduction of equipment that makes it easy to get "average" results we try to hold on to a sense of discipline and quality. "Average" is not something we aspire to.
Participants in these discussions are Cinematographers and their crew as well as representatives of all the main manufacturing and rental companies involved in cinematography.
The key here is professional cinematography, originally started by Geoff Boyle in 1996 so 60 cinematographers working in high end commercials, TV series and movies could talk about issues that concerned them we have grown to a total membership of around 12,000. 42% of whom come from the US, 10% from the UK - Russia, Canada, India, Australia, Germany, France, Spain and The Netherlands makes up another 23%, the balance is from 188 countries worldwide. We work extremely hard to make this list an international one and not one that focuses on local issues. Membership in India and Russia is the fastest growing at the moment
To join the cinematography discussion list please click on the Discussion
Groups link in the menu at the top of the page. Beginners and non-cinematographers are welcome to read any list but we'd be grateful if they kept their questions to the mentor discussion list where cinematographers will answer questions as their schedule allows..
This web site of edited pages, which are all available to non-members, was added in 1997, we now have over 3,000 pages of
edited discussions between cinematographers, their crews and
equipment and facility suppliers.
CML has won awards from SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) BKSTS (British Cinematography, Sound & Television Society) BSC (British Society of Cinematographers) ACS (Australian Cinematographers Society) for outstanding contribution to education in Cinematography.