The Independent Review: Britannia

It’s 43AD in Britain and the Imperial Roman Army is daring to return to the land Caesar feared to tread. This conflict is told from the perspectives of a Roman soldier forced into the army and about ready to desert it, an aforementioned girl who is the only person in her village to survive the the army’s raid, and a Roman general (played by David Morrissey, who feels out of his depth here in the role of a callous, commanding general).

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Boogie Mountain by Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures has set a March production start in South Africa for Action Park, the working title of a comedy starring Johnny Knoxville and Michael Snyman as DOP. Tim Kirkby will direct the script by John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky and Knoxville. Billy Gerber, Knoxville and Derek Freda are producing. Knoxville is producing through his Hello Junior banner.

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The Night Manager: Production

“I was immediately drawn to the huge ambition portrayed,” says DP Michael Snyman. “The images going through my head were spectacular and I knew I had to do it.”

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Susanne Bier’s Thriller ‘A Second Chance’

Starring “Game of Thrones” actor – aka Jaime Lannister – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, as a Danish cop, the foreign-language film follows him as he tries to save a baby from its lot in life by kidnapping it from its troubled parents.

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The Night Manager: Design

It’s a clever cat-and-mouse spy game, directed by Susanne Bier with a lushness not normally associated with le Carré. Production designer Tom Burton found striking locations in Mallorca (Spain), Marrakesh, (Morocco), Zermatt (Switzerland) and Hartland (Devon), and cinematographer Michael Snyman captured a a tantalizing beauty together with the inevitable chaos.

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The Good Karma Hospital

Director Bill Eagles and cinematographer Michael Snyman discuss their work and partnership on ITV’s new India-set medical drama The Good Karma Hospital, and reveal the challenges of filming on location in Sri Lanka.

For the cast and crew of a television drama, there can be worse places to spend a 12-week shoot than on location in idyllic Sri Lanka.

The island doubles for neighbouring India in The Good Karma Hospital, a six-part medical drama for UK broadcaster ITV. But while they were able to capture its luscious landscapes and striking sunsets, lead director Bill Eagles and director of photography Michael Snyman say filming in Sri Lanka posed a unique set of challenges.

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The Art of the Director of Photography

When I read the initial scripts, I was immediately drawn to the huge ambition they portrayed. The images that presented themselves in my head were no short of spectacular.

I have been fortunate to work with [director] Susanne [Bier] on a few projects prior to The Night Manager. We have a well-earned creative trust in one another.

Our art director, Tom Burton, had done some initial groundwork on the locations. We began collaborating on the scripts, which set us on a location hunt through Europe for roughly six weeks of conceptualizing and brainstorming ideas. I continuously fed this information back to Susanne for some consensus as her knowledge of Europe and its nooks and crannies is so profound.

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The Night Manager

A huge domestic and international hit, the BBC and AMC six-part drama The Night Manager was adapted from John le Carré’s espionage novel by David Farr and guided to the screen by producer Rob Bullock, director Susanne Bier, and cinematographer Michael Snyman.

“When I read the initial scripts, I was immediately drawn to the huge ambition they portrayed,” Snyman recalls. “The images that were presenting themselves in my head were nothing short of spectacular. I knew this was a journey I had to be part of.”

Along with the attractive playing of stars Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, one of the keys to the miniseries’ success lies in its creation of a world of glamour and wealth with a level of gripping paranoia normally associated with gritty genre thrillers.

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